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Early Season Wax?

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Ok, so its been sort of snowing in the mountains here, and the time has come to try and find some sort of grassy meadow thats got just enough wet snow to lubricate skis enough to make some turns. Am I stupid, impatient, and probably going to beat up my skis? Yes, but thats not the point.

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on what kind of wax I should use to protect my bases. (Protection, as in not scraping and hoping the layer of wax will absorb some impact from rocks).

I know for new ski prep you're supposed to start with the coldest temp wax, and move on to the warmer stuff, hot scraping each time. This sort of makes sense for this application, since colder=harder=more resistent to impact. However, colder also equals more brittle, and likelier to come off in chunks.

What I did was to do one layer of super cold (green) wax, mixed with this stuff http://www.summitonline.com/89998.html then hot scraped it. Then another layer of the glacier wax mixed with normal blue wax, and didn't scrape.

What do you guys think? Do my choices make sense? Am I thinking way too hard about this? Does it matter? Will it snow more soon? Should I get a life?
post #2 of 4
You are thinking way too hard about this. Grab the rock skis and forget about the wax. A nice cold wax is probably the best solution if you really feel like waxing. Odd fact: I almost never get core shots skiing grass...only soft snow in the actual winter. Edges, on the other hand, are gone beyond repair after a couple runs of dirt/grass skiing.
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
Grab the rock skis and forget about the wax.
Correction.....use someone else's rock skis.

The only thing that I'd bet the wax would protect a little would be some abrasion, certainly not rocks. I've thought about using our RB Hard which is probably as hard as it gets, is like epoxy and doesn't chip, IME.

When it's early season and I can't resist getting out on thin cover, touring is my first choice with less concern about turns. It seems to fill 'the need' to some extent and with some rugged touring gear, you can make turns if it feels right.

The time and effort it takes to repair your skis for a few early turns may or may not out be worth it, but YMMV.
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Thread Starter 
Yea, I'm probably putting WAY too much thought into this, but I don't have any dedicated rock skis, so I'm trying to take care of my skis at least a little bit.
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