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Just Wondering About Base Structure Without Scraping?

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I've been thinking again. It's been 2 weeks since skiing and the mind gets to thinking. Thankfully the mind can rest tommorrow. But was wondering about using the base structure( those tiny groves in the bases) if one does not scrape the wax off the bases prior to skiing. I know that there are several proponents of not scraping, and simply allowing the snow to abrade the wax off the bases, does the snow do the same job as the brass/nylon brush, after scraping, in keeping the structiure open? And also wondering about the effect of all that wax being left on/in the snow from the snow abrasion method. What happens to the wax at the end of the season when the snow melts and runs into the Lake?

I did a hot wax a few nights ago with the intention of scraping and brushing as usuall the next day. Then I thought that I would experiment this weekend and let the snow do the scraping. Then I started thinking about the above. What a dilema! We go up early tommorrow and there's so little time to solve these misteries? Woe is me!:
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Don't fret it, just let the wax on the base, ski and then scrape and clean as usual before the next hot wax (this will open the pores so that the base will accept wax again). Depending on how good you are at doing a uniform wax job, there might not even be a need for scraping at all.

Unless you're racing or take the added performance of a carefully scraped and brushed ski very seriously, not scraping before going out the next day might be your ticket to a healthier base, because in agressive snow condition, a ski that has very little wax left will oxidize a lot faster than one who is saturated with wax. In my experience, for a full day of ski on ice (running gates, boilerplate, etc.), not scraping is not lazyness, it's protecting the base from getting a beating.
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As long as you don't mind your skis being kinda slow for the first one or two runs I guess it's fine. I always scrape and brush, but I can't imagine being able to tell the difference after the 5th run or so.
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I've wondered about the environmental issue concerning the use of wax on skis. I'd imagine whatever wax that comes off of the skis will remain on the slopes, then finally end up contaminating the environment, thus, us. IMHO, it's the similar thing with people going into the ocean with sun blocks and stuff..

This thinking sh!t is only happening (for me) due to the lack of snow in the NE. I need snow, and I need to ski soon!!
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