After several seasons of continually passing other skiers and snowboarders on 'flat', access cat walks one lady I passed skied up to her husband near where I stopped and exclaimed, "I need wax!".
I could not help but chuckle and think about all the do's, don'ts and 'absolutes' pontificated in this forum I purposely ignored to get, enjoy and benefit from, a good glide with little effort. Not only is the glide more than adequate for efficient traversing, but also increases efficiency, better turning, feel and enjoyment during performance recreational powder, groomer, crud, bump and corn skiing....on and off piste.
Oh no and heaven forbid:
-used a topical base cleaner to remove dirt, grime and old wax from the surface of my bases before waxing
-cold scraped less than maybe I should have
-used brass hand and roto brushes after waxing
-don't care about how many rpms the roto brushes are spinning
-wax maybe once for every six outings
-de-burr and tune edges with bases up
-mostly don't clamp the skis
YMMV, but too much energy is wasted on sweating the small stuff when preparing bases and edges of skis and snowboards. Experiment and find out what works for you over time relative to the type of snow and terrain you ski or board. A lot of approaches will be fine. The fact you are doing anything is great.
(I'm thinking I ought to mount a fore and aft Gaper Pro camera for POV to a prepare a video of cat walk drag racing.....)
Edited by Alpinord - 2/28/12 at 1:25pm