The base has two main characteristics - structure and wax impregnation. Structure refers to small grooves cut into the base of the ski by a stone grinder, which aides in glide across the snow. Wax also contributes to glide but has a much shorter lifespan. Your skis should generally be waxed every few days of skiing for good glide.
Waxing skis is something most everyone can do. Remember to take care of all edge work prior to waxing, or else you’ll have a file filled with wax rendering it useless. Also, you’ll want a dedicated iron for this, unless you like your clothing covered in wax.
If you have ski wax, an iron, a plastic scraper and wax brush at home, you’re ready wax your own skis!
1st – Brush the base with a ski specific brush to remove any dirt or dust and open the structure. Your local ski shop can help you choose the brush that’s best for you.
2nd – Drizzle wax onto the ski with the iron, then spread the wax evenly across whole length of the ski, until the base is completely covered. Make sure the iron is set to the corresponding temperature for the type of wax you are using, (check the packaging for recommended iron temperature). Pay attention that you don’t “burn” the base, you should constantly move the iron along the full length of the ski.
3rd - If you’re preparing for your next day on the hill, use a plastic scraper to completely remove the wax from the base. When the wax is completely removed, brush it until the base is shinny and smooth.
Now you’re ready to rip! ;)