Originally Posted by C.B.
I know this has been discussed, but I'm wondering if too much, (every ski-day), wax/scrape is beating up on my structure. Is the combo of the iron and scraper really shortening my stone-imparted structure, (I like a VERY fine structure).
I'm a Northeast skier, so the snow is hard for the most part, but should I maybe wax every other time?
The frequency required is subjective for some (personal preference: ie, waxes no matter what), but actually relative to past wax saturation, snow abrasiveness and wax quality and hardness. One way to define your need is to not wax and monitor how long before it is obvious you need to re-wax relative to snow conditions and the wax you use. By determining real limits and applying a 'safety factor' you may find you can wax much less and still get excellent performance and base protection.
A harder, more durable, quality wax will last longer than lower grade wax. It could more than double the durability. Applying a harder base wax before your typical wax may also reduce the required waxings. Currently, with our string of snow storms and softsnow, at least 6 outings is not unreasonable to consider before I 'really' need to wax. On man-made or Eastern conditions, certainly more frequently, but every time could be excessive and unnecessary.....but YMMV and is variable relative to several factors.
As stated more waxing tends to increase glide and isn't wrong, but if your iron is too hot, it could be. Abrasive snow and skiing forces could be more of a concern on the structure wear than the actual maintenance tasks.
A real alternative is high-melt liquid waxes if you are concerned about heat, time, effort and mess and still get decent performance.