Classic and skate skis perform better when regularly glide waxed, but it’s not absolutely essential. You can avoid waxing your skis by using waxless classic skis and by occasionally paying the pros to hot wax your skis for you.
The key to enjoying waxing cross-country skis is to set up a nice workspace. At a minimum, you need warmth, good light and a handy place for all your tools and equipment. The time and money you invest in setting up your wax room will pay off in years of easy, enjoyable ski waxing.
Two Skate is also known as Gear 4 or V2 Alternate skating. In Canada, its called Two Skate because the skier poles on every second leg push. Beginners tend to ski with this timing naturally. So, in terms of the timing, it’s not hard to master two skate, but to do it properly takes considerable balance … Read more
Both skate and classic skis need glide wax, so you’d think most cross-country skiers would know how to apply it. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Most skiers are comfortable with kick wax, but either they don’t know about glide wax or they don’t know how to apply it.
The trouble is glide waxing requires an investment of time and money. You need a wax bench and ski form, which are costly. Plus, you have to use a hot iron, which is a bit scary.
Free Skate is skate skiing without any pole planting. It’s used by racers for downhilling when they are moving too quickly for Two Skate or if they are tired. Free Skate is different from skiing without poles. Skiing without poles is simply a drill you can (and should) do to improve your skiing ability. Free Skate is … Read more