I have read several articles by scientists who evaluated the effectiveness of hot waxing skis vs. using no wax at all. The research seems imperical and properly executed. The results were downright astounding. The most widely written article is by Swedish engineers, and it is called "Investigation of the most essential factors influencing ski glide" by Leonid Kuzmin of the Dept. of Engineering, Physics, and Matematics, Mid Sweden University. It seems this was his Licensure Thesis for engineering certification in Sweden.
His results show some very intersting results that point directly to the over-marketing of ski wax and the over-estimationof the benefits of waxing. Not to start a fight about waxing, but I have began this season skiing with bare, properly structured bases and polished and tuned edges. So far.... I haven't waxed and I haven't needed it. I dry the bases at the end of the day and clean them with warm soap and water to make sure there is no oil or other contaminants sticking to the PE, then I brush them with a stiff plastic brush. THEN... I ski them the next day up.
SO.. here you go. Tear it apart if you'd like, but do a little reading first. Google "SKI WAX MYTH" and see what you get.
Im skiing friday, so I get another chance to add data to my experiment.