Originally Posted by CaptainKirk
Waxing is fine, but even that has a point of diminishing returns. Mike DeSantis (SkiMD and former World Cup tech) has stated that only around 2% of the base material can actually retain wax. Once it is full, additional waxing is just a waste of time and money. Of course, the wax companies would like you to wax 30 times per day. Keeping the ski waxed, scraped, brushed, and fast is one thing, but doing that to the extreme isn't going to make the skis any faster, or last longer.
We most likely come here with different background, and on top of that, we most likely talk about different things. So let's try to get things straight :) For recreational skiing, or even Sunday racing, you are perfectly right. For big league racing (World cup for example) things are different, and that's background I'm coming from. For this sort of things, you are never done. You wax, you wax some more, and when you think you are done, you keep on waxing, then you ski those skis, you wax some more, ski skis some more, wax even more, and then after month or two, they are finally ready for racing. And after race, you keep on waxing to have them ready for next race. I know most (if any) guys here don't care about preparation for WC, but thing is, that for cases where every small detail matters, you can't overdo it. For recreational skiing, yes pretty much everything means overdoing it. And nowadays, when I'm out of this business, I'm do on my skis only maybe 10% of things I have been doing before on race skis, and even those 10% are probably overkill. But then again, it's still sort of fun to do it, so I don't mind :)