Cross-country skate skiing is essentially a gliding sport which means the base of your skis require regular maintenance to keep them well "nourished "so you can have maximum enjoyment on the slopes.
Here is our advice to help you look after your skis and show you how to use glide wax.
The base of your cross-country skate skis is the part that requires most protection and maintenance.
By regularly maintaining the base of your cross-country skate skis, you will be able to:
► Protect and keep your skis for longer: the wax protects against the abrasive effects of the snow which burns away the polyethylene base material,
► Maintains and improves glide by reducing friction (suction effect)
► Improves glide performance by making the ski base as compatible as possible with the characteristics of the snow surface (air temperature, quality of snow etc).
You may not realise it but the more you wax your skis, the better their glide, irrespective of conditions or type of snow!
We recommend that you wax your skis as often as possible, ideally after each outing.
Don't wait until the base turns white before waxing your skis as, unfortunately, this means it is already too late.
You can have your skis serviced by a professional by taking them to a workshop, or do it yourself.
When you buy skis they tend to come coated with storage wax designed to protect them rather than glide wax.What is more, depending on the conditions of storage, the base of your skis can become oxidized.That is why it is important to clean the base thoroughly, slather it with wax to" nourish" it, and wax your skis with glide wax before your first outing.
1 - Clean the base with a brush
2 - Hot wax twice using a very hard wax
3 - Wait for 15 minutes and scrape to remove any residual dirt from the base
4 - Brush the base
5 - Wax the base 2-3 times using a softer wax that will penetrate deeply into the base.Scrape and brush.Your pair of skis are ready for your first outing
To wax your cross-country skate skis, you need to apply a glide wax
. To do this you have a choice between:
1 - COLD GLIDE WAX - liquid wax (in the form of a spray can or stick with foam applicator)
. It has excellent glide qualities but doesn't maintain or protect the base as well as a hot wax.
It should be used in addition to hot wax but doesn't replace it.
These waxes are quick and easy to use and don't require any special equipment for application.
=> We recommend cold wax to novices and non-experts, or just for a quick, last-minute wax on the slopes.
2 - HOT GLIDE WAX - solid wax (in bar form)
You need special equipment to heat it, apply it and spread it over the base of the skis.
It provides excellent glide performance and helps maintain and protect the base of the skis
We recommend it to experienced individuals and experts, or anyone who enjoys looking after and waxing their skis.
WHICH HOT GLIDE WAX SHOULD I CHOOSE?
There are several categories of glide wax which vary according to their hydrophobic properties; these properties determine both performance of the wax and its price.
► HF = High-fluoro wax for competition
s► LF =Low-fluoro wax which provides excellent glide performance
It is worth noting that fluorinated wax (LF and HF) is gradually disappearing from FIS international competitions.
New eco-friendly waxes are appearing on the market including fluorine-free competition waxes, with additives that are less damaging to the environment and our health.
► PS =Training and maintenance wax which offers good glide
► HS =Performance wax which offers optimum glide
The properties of these waxes vary depending on the temperature and humidity of the snow.To simplify choice, manufacturers have introduced a colour code so you can easily identify each temperature range covered by the wax.
Applying your own hot glide wax treatment to your skis is not all that difficult; you just need to have the right material and the right technique.
Here is our advice ;)
►1 bar of hot glide wax, designed to suit your snow conditions
► 1 waxing table or a pair of vices to hold your skis
► 1 waxing iron
► wax remover(optional)
► 1 nylon brush
► 1 bronze brush
► 1 pleasings scraper
► 1 pencil groove scraper
⏱ 10 to 15 minutes
STEP 1: CLEANING THE BASE
Clean the base with a nylon brush in the direction of travel (from tip to tail).
If there is significant residue from "dirty" snow, you can apply the liquid wax remover with a cloth before brushing the base to clean it.
STEP 2: WAXING
1 - Adjust the temperature of your waxing iron according to the recommendations on the wax packaging.
2 - Apply the bar of wax to your hot waxing iron so that it drips uniformly on either side of the groove on the ski base. To do this, apply the wax in a linear motion, moving the iron from the tip to the tail.
3 - Leave the wax to cool and harden at room temperature
4 - Use the pencil groove scraper to remove any excess wax from the groove on the base
5 - Scrape the ski base using the plexiglass scraper, moving in the direction of travel
6 - Brush the base with the bronze brush, roughly 10 times, again in the direction of travel, to remove the largest bits of wax and then finish with the nylon brush which will remove the final traces of wax and polish the base.It makes the base nice and shiny.
7 - Finally rub with a clean, microfibre-type cloth to remove any last traces of dirt.
Waxing your cross-country skate skis is essential if you want to maintain the condition of your skis for as long as possible and retain their gliding properties.
If you have the right equipment, waxing is really quite easy so remember to wax your skis regularly throughout the season!
" I am a mountain sports enthusiast. Today I'm fortunate in being able to fully indulge my love of sport, and cross-country skiing in particular, as I'm both a cross-country ski instructor and sales director for the Inovik brand.
I look forward to being able to share my passion for this sport with you through these articles and advice.