Here's an idea for discussion....imagine some sort of gizmo with a storage bottle, and possibly a little pump, that feeds some kind of suitable liquid lubricant (soap?) to the ski bases. Ideal would be to have a porous base (and possibly sidewall) that would sort of "sweat" lubricant while you're skiing. Or, next best, emit it near the shovel of the ski. When you're carving cleanly rather than skidding, that should still get much of the lubricant under the base.
I wonder if this has the potential to give significantly lower friction than wax? I wonder if anyone has tried something like this? I wonder what sort of lubricant would be good?
If this idea is indeed novel and could be made to work, perhaps somebody could win at least one high-level race with it before it was banned
1) Amount of liquid needed. Obviously the amount you can reasonably carry (perhaps on the ski itself or on your body with a hose) is limited.
2) For practical use, I guess you'd have to consider the environmental impact of whatever concoction ends up getting emitted from your skis :-)
Edited by renenkel - 1/18/12 at 2:07pm