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is it bad to ski on partially white bases? (urgent)

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

My (mostly) brand-new skis have a bit of white coloring on the edges under the foot only after skiing twice, and haven't been waxed yet. I'm going skiing tomorrow, and planning to wax for my first time the day after. Is there anything bad about skiing on them in the condition they are?

post #2 of 5

Don't worry.  It might be wax actually, can you scrape it off with your finger?  Even if not one day isn't going to hurt your skis.

post #3 of 5

If you unwrapped them from the wrappers yourself, you should probably wax them. If they're white around the edges only, and if the white doesn't scrape off with a fingernail, it's probably a bit of base burn. You could use some fibretex pad to get that out.

 

Personally if I didn't have time to do a full wax job, I'd just melt a layer of wax on tonight, scrape in the morning, and skip the brushing step. (cue the wax fanatics who will say that snow crystals will tear out all the wax if you do that; I still think it's better than just burning the base)

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Thread Starter 

It does seem to come off with my fingernail. Why does the wax turn white like this? Is a fingernail the only way to determine between wax and base burn?

post #5 of 5
It's just wax oozing out. If you remelted it and had enough, you'd know what color it started as, but my universal is a very pale blue.
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