We are in the midst of a very slow start to our winter season here in the midwest and many areas around the country are facing similar issues when it comes to a low snowpack early this season. If you are close to a facility that makes snow on their XC ski trails you have made many of the same loops all season long so far. You may have noticed that the snow has a different composition than natural snow and this has different implications on waxing and keeping your skis in tip-top shape.
On the bright side; skiing lots of laps in a small area makes testing of new waxes very simple and we have had a great chance to get out and test waxes for both durability and speed. The best waxes on the market give you both, and we have outlined some of those below!
Difficulties of Manmade Snow
Manmade snow is very coarse and granular, and does not have the same properties as fresh snow that falls out of the sky. After the snow is repeatedly skied on and groomed, the snow begins to pack and create a firm deck that takes its toll on skis. Even through skiing on manmade snow has its quirks, using the right waxes can make all the difference when it comes to durability and taking care of your ski bases. We have found a lineup of waxes that have worked very well for us, on both the training and racing side of things.
Easy Fixes with Liquid Waxes
When you need a quick wax application and don't have the time or ability to iron in wax, liquid waxes are the way to go. They're user-friendly and still provide a layer of protection when you head out for a ski. If you are using liquid products, we have found that you do need to apply these waxes every time Spend less time fussing with your gear and more time enjoying the trail.
Hot Waxing Intermittently
There are a lot of benefits of a good hot waxing session every 3-5 wax applications when we are stuck to manmade only skiing. It gives your skis rejuvenation when the coarse manmade snow wears off your wax with its abrasive properties.
Top Waxes for Manmade Snow
Training: Wax choice does not need to be complicated, all you are doing is protecting you ski bases from wear and damage.
Liquid waxes can be applied on top of your ironed on layer of wax for a boost of speed. The ironed on layer of wax adds to the overall durability, and the liquid takes care of the temperature specificity.
Racing: We have just outlined a couple of the waxes that have repeatedly tested well throughout our early season testing. Depending on changing snow conditions we are always happy to help and give wax recommendations if you call or email.
Waxing Tips for Success
Clean Skis: Always start with clean and dry skis before waxing. Utilizing a Steel or Brass brush (or a glide cleaner in dirty conditions) to clean your structure of any dirt before you start waxing helps a lot with the adhesion of your new wax.
Temp Ranges: Although it is very easy to go based on the packaging, we have found that manmade snow requires different waxes Take a glance at the wax packaging for temperature recommendations. Picking the right wax for the conditions ensures optimal performance.
Even Application: Whether it's liquid or hot wax, aim for an even application. Consist application provides better durability and bond with the ski base.
Swing by Pioneer Midwest, have a chat with our team, and we can get you geared up for manmade snow skiing. Your skis deserve the best, and we're here to make sure they get it!