I was a bit ashamed to admit that I used a white Ikea candle to wax my skis, but guess what?
THOSE SKIS RAN LIKE A BAT OUTTA HELL!!!!
I've never experienced anything like it. I had another pair with me, that were waxed by the shop (with a much more sticky wax, which I gather the conventional wisdom recommends for warm conditions), and skiing on them felt like I was sliding down a sand dune in comparison.
(It's not a fair comparison though, since the candle waxed skis were 186cm Fischer Jr. SG skis and the others were 159cm Atomic supercross. So it might be that the SG skis would have been even faster with the "proper" wax. It would be nice to do a more scientific experiment. Unfortunately I don't have two pairs of the same kind of skis to try it.)
The day was warm, with air temp around 5-10C and sunny, so the snow was rather damp. But as the sun went down, it got colder and the now got crunchy. But the skis worked great in that as well. (The warm conditions had another benefit -- a lot of people stayed home, leaving me lots of room to go tearing down the hill in big, wide turns.)
I thought maybe the candle wax wouldn't last, but after 8 hours of skiing, it was still going strong. (I'd brought along the SG skis just to try them for a couple of runs, but ended up liking them so much I never went back to the others the whole day.)
So what have I shown here?
1) That ski wax is a big marketing gimmick and candles work about as well???
2) There was something about the conditions that was ideally suited for that particular wax?
3) That I took too many drugs and hallucinated the whole thing??? :-)
Has anybody else tried waxing their skis with candle wax?