Just had my last ski day of the year. Skiing at crystal mountain (Crystal Mt. in Michigan, that is) on a 60 degree wamt day, I noticed that there were pleanty of spots where the snow was extremely slow, almost grabby adn yellow orange in color. When the color is really thick, I can almost detecta faint odor of oil, but I figured skiing is skiing and kept turning all day enjoying the comfort of T-shirt skiing. towards the end of the day, I realized on the flats, I was extremely slow, but just chocked that up to the wet state of the snow, that is until I got home and discovered black, oily sludge STUCK to the bottom of my skis!!! : Imagine my dismay of finding my beautiful atomics literally coated in the junk. It is as thick as a conservative hotwax, before scraping and unfortunatly on the ride home, it attracted every article of lint and fuzz in my car. Does anyoen knopw what it is? I theorize it is either leaked hydraulic fluid from the groomers, or lubricant from the snow making machines that is now concentrated due to the fact that most of the snow has melted, leaving this thick sludge sitting on top of the slush snow that reamains. Also, has anyone any thoughts on how o remove it? I am considering scraping as much off as I can, and then using a light colored wax and hotwaxing immedialty followed by a hot scrape, repeated until the wax comes off clean. Any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated, thanx.
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3/17/03 at 12:26pm