Unfortunately my comptuer wont let me cut and paste for some reason...its security.
There is lots of goood info from expert racers (generally those who wax) on how a proper waxing makes turns easier....yep much easier to twist a unlocked ski from a locked one. But, I think its a relative----to each of us. We are all used to our OWN technique and ability to turn. Then if we wax on wet days, we find its easier. So a few percentage points can be seen at each level. The question is...do you want to spend 1/2 hr to 1 hr structuring and waxing for the extra gain? Or spend 30-50 bucks for it. The answer to that is....its up to you.
Guess my point might be.....maybe its better to take a lesson with a focus on skiing crud. But if you are above that level, yep wax is your most economical method of having more fun.
I know folks who wax each time they go skiing, which is about 3 times a year---meaning days. Its part of their routine like a pitcher not washing his game day socks. I also watch them ski....the wax is not coming off in the amount of time they spend on them. Cant get these wedge christie turners in a lesson to save my life. Too expensive....and I won't get involved for other reasons. But alll of this is changing the thread subject.
For my two cents, I wish I had the time and money to wax....but I give up that for time and expendatures on my kids. Dad just deals with sticky snow and unwaxed skis---skiing 60+ days/yr. When I do put some Zardos or spend 10 bucks for a quick on snow wax job....sure is nice for one or two runs or a 1/2 day respectively.
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