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How Many Wax Cycles to Start the Season

Poll Results: How Many Cycles to start the season?

 
  • 44% (17)
    1-2
  • 31% (12)
    3-5
  • 10% (4)
    6-10
  • 13% (5)
    11+
38 Total Votes  
post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
After your grind, or whatever you do to get your bases ready for a new year on the snow, how many wax cycles do you go through before you ski?
post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 
I just wanted to take the opportunity here to congratulate myself for bringing up a brand new topic that has never been discussed before. I know you all wanted to be the first to give me props for my all new question, but I beat ya to it!
post #3 of 16
I just wanted to take the opportunity here to congratulate myself for being the first to mention a brand new poll that is flawed. no "none" or "0"
post #4 of 16
JPH,
I would congratulate you for the brand new topic, but you beat me to it.

I put 1-2 on the poll, but I am lazy. I think there should be a zero option though.

I actually just did mine Friday evening. They get a good coat at the end of the season, so if that counts I may be able to call it 3. So Friday I lined up 6 pairs, scraped em, waxed em, did a warm scrape & waxed em with some good stuff. Now they'll sit for awhile & get scraped & brushed before the first day they get skied.

With new skis, I'll usually give them a few more cycles. If I had a hotbox, I would do that. Since I don't, sometimes I'll just put them in a closet with a little electric heater for a few days.

Someone posted earlier, that he'll put them in his car on a hot summer day for the hotbox effect . I think I'll try that next summer.

JF
post #5 of 16
I was taught by Mike D. to do the following. Wax the skis with a base prep wax. Leave it on. A week or so later wax again over that wax, no scraping. Repeat a few times, never removing the old wax.

Then when it's time to go skiing, wax over this with whatever wax you want to ski on, scrape, brush and ski. (The last part of course is the most important - SKI!)
post #6 of 16

It depends...

...if they're brand new skis, depends on how they came. I just got 3 pairs of race stock Atomics, and they finished them pretty close to World Cup tune at the factory, including loading them with wax. I did two quick wax/hot scrapes, put them in the hot box, let them cool and scraped and rotobrushed them...and skied on pairs #1 and #2 Friday at Loveland and they were just fine.

- I don't have to regrind skis often. If I do, it's pretty much as above, for new skis.

- My existing skis, as you can imagine, are already waxed thoroughly at the end of the season. First time for the year (2007 Atomic SLs I skied on at Loveland today), scrape off all the summer wax, quick wax/hot scrape, wax of the day, cool, scrape, rotobrush. That's if I'm energetic. If not...scrape, buff, ski...
post #7 of 16
Usually my few times of the season, I don't even scrape. I figure that will protect the bases a little bit from stray rolling rocks in the early season snow.

For brand new skis, I would have no problem skiing them after a single waxing. The problem is, I start going crazy in the fall waiting for a ski area to open and I feel like I have to do SOMETHING, so I wax my skis.... (Depending on how much time passes from the time I get my new skis and my first day on snow, that could be up to 5 or 6 wax cycles....)
post #8 of 16
On a new ski I wax the crap out of it.

Back in high school I use to wax my 7S's and 7X's almost one a month during the summer.
post #9 of 16
It all depends on one's goal. If you're a racer, or racer wannabe, wax, wax, wax some more. If you're a rec skier, wax once, or more if you can feel a difference (I can't).
post #10 of 16
Pole is flawed........

Skis were stored with a nice coat of wax and kept in a dust free environment, so I could actually ski them as is but....all our skis get one cycle of hot-boxing per season. The race skis then get a wax of the day, one ironing.
post #11 of 16
New skis get 2-3 turns in the hot box, and old skis get 1. I can't believe the difference it makes right from opening day.
post #12 of 16
I got new skis this year, so I've been regularly waxing them over the past few weeks, probably 5-6 cycles of wax , scrape & brush. Sometimes preseason just re-iron the existing wax, no scrape. Early in the season I'll wax them every time out. Lots of new, man made snow early in the year which is aggressive and can have lots of icky stuff in it. Once into the season, it's wax once a week (maybe) or as needed. I get lazy at the end of the season, but will wax if the snow is soft and sloppy. Wax and hot scrap and then a thick coat of storage wax before I put them away for the Summer.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Pole is flawed........

Skis were stored with a nice coat of wax and kept in a dust free environment, so I could actually ski them as is but....all our skis get one cycle of hot-boxing per season. The race skis then get a wax of the day, one ironing.

Hey Rich, do you know that TJ Max not only sells your favorite Spyder gear but they also sell CERA F!! That stuff is great for race day.
post #14 of 16
Thanks Ill have to check into that....I currently have more wax than I can use in 5 years, but there is always room for some specialties.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Pole is flawed........

Skis were stored with a nice coat of wax and kept in a dust free environment, so I could actually ski them as is but....all our skis get one cycle of hot-boxing per season. The race skis then get a wax of the day, one ironing.
Do you have any base work done on your skis between seasons, or do you just see that your structure is still there and call it good? I generally have my base structure refreshed (stone ground) once a season, at the beginning. If I don't grind my skis then I just scrape off the summer coating, brush, buff and go... but if they DO get ground, then I layer it on. I've been doing 3-5 cycles post grind depending on the ski. (More for carvers, less for fatties...) New skis, like the BROS that are on their way, may get closer to 10 cycles depending on how long I have them in my basement before I can ski them!
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Do you have any base work done on your skis between seasons, or do you just see that your structure is still there and call it good? I generally have my base structure refreshed (stone ground) once a season, at the beginning. If I don't grind my skis then I just scrape off the summer coating, brush, buff and go... but if they DO get ground, then I layer it on. I've been doing 3-5 cycles post grind depending on the ski. (More for carvers, less for fatties...) New skis, like the BROS that are on their way, may get closer to 10 cycles depending on how long I have them in my basement before I can ski them!
The race skis have so little use on them that the base structure is like new. When the structure does get compromised I will take them to a place that knows how to treat a race ski. The other skis, since they get all kinds of everyday use and abuse, I touch up on the structure with a stainless steel brush once a season and thats good enough.
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