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Just "Ski it off?"

post #1 of 11
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My best friend had his skis waxed for the summer and is now about to take them out for first runs of the season.  When I looked at his skis, there seemed to be a lot of wax on the bottoms and all over the edges.  I asked him if he's going to scraped it off.  He told me that the guys at the ski shop told him to just "ski it off."    Shouldn't he scrape them down a bit or does the was really ski off both the bottoms and edges?
post #2 of 11
In the time it took to post this thread you could have had the skis scraped....Just sayin'.

Depending on the abrasiveness of the snow and wax hardness, this could take a while AND could be a bummer. After all the stuff, effort and expense involved in this sport, why wouldn't you want to have a decent glide on your boards? That's the point, isn't it?
post #3 of 11
Alpinord's right, if the snow is soft and his wax layer is thick, it most likely won't completely scrape off in one day.  I say that based on my first-hand experience the first day of the season this year.  I didn't bother to scrape off my summer storage wax.  Now it turned out that the snow was such that it didn't really matter, either.  I honestly can't say I noticed much if any difference between that and normal.  He's also right that it would only take a few minutes to scrape the skis.  Since they're your buddy's skis, don't worry about it and just say i told you so if he complains about his skis being grabby.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post

In the time it took to post this thread you could have had the skis scraped....Just sayin'.

Depending on the abrasiveness of the snow and wax hardness, this could take a while AND could be a bummer. After all the stuff, effort and expense involved in this sport, why wouldn't you want to have a decent glide on your boards? That's the point, isn't it?

 


It's a great feeling to have a ski that is running well. You enjoy it all day and it comes in handy in some situations  wax makes fun

And you don't lag on a long traverse, which is sweeeet.

I left too much wax on once in April when there was a layer of dust or pollen on the snow. It stuck to the skis and I ended up scraping them with a piece of scree.
post #5 of 11
LOL I did exactly this today skiing with my 7 year old.  I wanted a little extra stick fishboning around with him.  I also wanted a little extra base protection riding the magic carpet.  I used my CaBrawlers because they are feather light and the tails are turned up enough to ski switch with him as needed.  If there are bumps at WG Wednesday I'll pull them out and scrape them if anything excessive still remains.  Ski it off if you don't want to go fast.
post #6 of 11
It really is harder to ski on skis that are improperly tuned.  Some think its easier because they don't go as fast, but they are wrong.
post #7 of 11
just ask them to take waxing paper and heat the old wax of with all the dirt. 

Ski, Towel, Iron, just melt the wax into the towel with all the grime....
http://tognar.com/wax_tools_hot_irons_corks_brushes_ski_snowboard.html#WAXPAPER

then of course scrape, brush, polish

a bad prepped ski can realy screw up your day.
post #8 of 11
Bah, don't let the doom-and-gloom-ers get to you (or your buddy in this case).  Yes, it will be slower than a properly scraped base with the structure exposed, but it will not ruin your day unless you're racing or something.  It's really not a huge deal.
post #9 of 11

SLOW

Thats what skis with too much wax on them do.
post #10 of 11
yup, I have done that before and quite frankly have no regrets.  My first run of the day is usually intentionally slow, get the kinks out, get the muscles warmed up, etc. and yes sometimes to get the wax off.  Yes, it is somewhat slower but save time from scraping and no messy clean up.  By the third run its usually all gone, but then I am usually skiing packed powder...if it was a real soft powder day might be differnt but never had wax on those days...
post #11 of 11
OK, to much wax sucks. Just take a little of and you are golden.
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