This new thread is sort of a continuation of a discussion taking place in a previous thread in tuning & maintenance "How Flat Do They Really Need To Be?", in which we were discussing "base burn" (what causes it, how to help minimize it, etc....). For those of you that weren't involved/didn't read it, you should do so first, so this one makes more sense. Keep in mind as well, this can be useful for the diy guy, but is by no means necessary for the recreational skier....
So, during the last thread, discussing base burn sort of got me thinking about the way I wax my personal skis, slalom, gs, and all mountain--this thread is a continuation in my mind, because, as we all know, the effects of your skis moving across the snow generates heat/friction. In fact, that's the real reason we wax in the first place...friction increases drag--but for high end skiers/carvers/racers, who tend to ski at higher speeds/higher edge angles--it causes deterioration of the base material as well. This breakdown in my, and many others experience, generally occurs "underfoot" (a simple word to describe an area from say, several centimeters in front of the toe piece to an area a few centimeters aft of the heel piece). The reason for this is quite intuitive--it's the spot that sees the most "pressure", and thus, the most heat/friction. But again, most of you probably know this.
So, to make a long story short (too late), I wax my personal skis in the following way: crayon on the soft (to protect the base from the initial heat of the iron), "hot crayon" a hard wax near the edges (as per the previous thread), drip on the normal amount of the soft from the forebody to the tip and from aft of the heel to the tail (but not underfoot), and lastly, medium underfoot The idea behind this of course, is to wax appropriately for the areas of the ski that are going to see the most friction, of course. I wax this way nearly every time, using different hardnesses as temps change of course. Combined with proper brushing, I feel it makes them quite fast as well....
There were a lot of great posters sharing their "secrets" on the last thread, so I hoped we could do the same here, as I am always open to new ideas involving this topic
Stay sharp out there!
Edited by zentune - 12/1/12 at 8:15am