Additional comments much appreciated!
Cantunamunch, Psycho for extreme cold- you think it might be good on say ~25F degrees with the guns blazing away? I think the just fallen artificial is going to be sticky always, and dangerously sticky under certain conditions. I haven't found anything that really works on this, but lucky for most of us in the east this season was great for natural snow. Next season???
Qcanoe, I hear ya regarding race schedules. Our program isn't too bad about posting other events (high school regionals, Special Olympics, etc.), but there have been a couple days that the course was down without any notice. There also have been days when the NASTAR course was surprisingly open after a special event. I'm a slow learner, so the quality of your nine nights might be better than all the runs I made!
levy1, one of our better racers (~9 handicap) uses hot sauce. So far, I can't keep up with him but I'm getting closer. He's a big fan of Hot Sauce.
Atomicman, I'll see if I can find any clearance deals on those overlays! You're out west? Bummer about the snow. My ski widow (wife during the rest of the year) wishes you would have had all of our snow this season- all time record total snowfall here.
L&AirC, I did use the wax wizard before almost every race day. If the crowds were ugly on a weekend NASTAR day and I couldn't squeeze in very many runs, or perhaps a couple times after a few quick runs during lunch on a weekday I might have some leftover wax on my bases. As soon as I detected a little dryness / hazing, I'd break out the Race Renew and iron it in at a relatively low 120F degrees. As many runs as I made, I only did this ~3 times during the season.
Per Mike deSantis recommendation, I never touched the bases with anything more aggressive than a stiff nylon brush. His race tunes are outstanding and helped me to make some major improvement in my racing this season. The use of the Wax Wizard preserved the nice structure he put on my skis. Maybe the Wax Wizard covers can be washed and renewed, but I have two that are pretty much spent. They are only a buck or two each, so the tool has still paid for itself many times over in only one season.