You’re going to be a great wax tech. Let’s make it happen faster. Here’s some problems people typically face when getting starting with ski waxing. 1. Reluctance to Take On a New Chore Let’s be honest, you’re not looking for more work and waxing cross-country skis sounds like a time consuming chore. Waxing skis does take … Read more
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.
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.
Only waxable classic skis need kick wax.
Kick wax is also known as grip wax. It’s applied to the base of waxable classic skis in the area roughly under the binding. The area of the base where you apply kick wax is called the wax pocket or the kick zone.