I'm interested in this thread because last year when I went out to Colo. for a week my skis were stunningly slow. I tune / wax at least every other time I'm out on a pair of skis (every time, for races), and am normally more or less satisfied with the results, so I'm not a waxing newbie. But in Colorado, for the first time in recent memory, the wax job I arrived with at the hill truly sucked. It was like Velcro at about 15 F. (I can't remember what I applied before boarding the plane, but presumably it was something that has worked reasonably well for me over a wide range of cold-ish mid-winter temps here at sea level.) I am not hard core enough to have brought along a full tuning kit, so all I had was some Swix liquid stuff, a cork, and a finishing brush. The first night I used some of the coldest (blue) glop, with the requisite waiting, corking, and vigorous brushing, but next day still no joy. Air temps while I was there ranged from -20 F. to + 20 F., mostly in the 5 - 15 degree range. This year, what should I do before leaving home to give me the best chance of decent glide when I arrive?
Originally Posted by sibhusky
Series of three wax and hot scrape with red wax, lots of brushing after the series, but each day soaking overnight
CH4 wax, hot scrape, sit, scrape again, brush
for one pair of skis red wax/scrape/brush the other green wax/scrape/brush as the final prep.
Sibhusky, have you been hanging out with BWPA recently? I REALLY want to understand this, but am having some trouble following, perhaps due to excessively sparse periods. ;)
I THINK what you may be saying is:
1) wax with "red" - hot scrape immediately - brush - re-wax - allow to sit overnight
2) scrape last night's wax, brush, then repeat #1 two more times (3 days elapsed time)
3) scrape last night's wax, brush, then wax with CH4 this time - hot scrape immediately - allow to sit - scrape again - brush
4) wax with "red" - hot scrape immediately - brush
To summarize: red - red - red - CH4 - red
Correct? This is for cold, sharp snow? Even with red as the last layer?
Now, can you say what "red" and "green" mean, very specifically (brand and "model")? Are we talking Swix CH8?