Weekend Wax Tips
Not sure what wax to use? Looking for some guidance for your weekend lessons? We’re trying something new by looking ahead to the weekend forecast and giving our best guess for what grip wax may work on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll keep to a basic wax selection and techniques, so nothing too fancy. Please keep in mind, we aren’t pro wax technicians, just skiers who have waxed a few skis over the years.
Some tips before we begin:
- There are many websites that provide good advice about how to grip wax. Google can be your friend on this one.
- Swix Sport has a Wax Wizard that can help determine what wax to use. Please note they obviously advise you to use some type of Swix product.
- You should identify your wax pocket (i.e., where you put grip wax). You can do a test (a quick Google search will help you find tutorials for this – just Google “wax pocket”) to figure it out or you can decide to wax from a little bit behind your heel (a centimeter or two) to about 10-15 cms in front of your boot ( For adult size skis. Adjust if your skis are shorter!).
- Always having trouble getting grip? It could be your skis. They may be too stiff for your weight. Skis need to press down on the snow in order for the wax too work. Here are a few things you can try:
- Extend your wax pocket, especially farther behind your heel. If you have glide wax on your skis and you’re planning to extend your wax pocket, remember to clear the glide wax from where you’ll be putting your grip wax. Grip wax does not stay on top of glide wax.
- Put on more layers of the same wax. This is especially good if you’re getting some grip, but want a bit more.
- And remember – don’t layer cold wax on top of warm wax! Always warmer wax on colder wax.
Wax Guesses for the Weekend of March 23rd and 24th – This weekend looks like it’s got it all – rain, snow, sun, cooler evenings, warmer days………….. What wax you choose will likely depend on what time of day you decide to go out for a ski.
Please note that at this time of year with the daily changes to the snowpack thanks to melting snow and fluctuating temperatures, grooming can be challenging. Our groomers do try trackset when they can, but not all trails can maintain a track now and where there is track, it tends to be shallow.
Saturday is showing a forecasted high of 2oC with snow, clouds, and sun. Like last weekend, this could be a bit tricky in that snow might build up on the bottom of your skis. Try to keep skis moving and maybe bring a scraper with you! Saturday may be a day for klister. Universal could do the trick. The morning will be cooler and you may be able to get away with some hard wax.
Sunday is showing a forecasted high of 6oC with rain, clouds, and sun. Similar to Saturday, it will likely be cooler in the morning and you may be able to use a hard wax. If it rains and as it gets warmer, klister will likely work with Universal being the easiest choice.
If you find a wax combination that worked, please share with us on twitter (@KanataNordic) or Facebook!
Want more information about cross country skiing? Listed below are some resources to help.
Ski conditions – Need information on the ski conditions in the National Capital Region?
- Conditions of various trails in the Ottawa-Gatineau region based on skier reports
- Conditions at Kanata Nordic
- Conditions in the Gatineau Park
- Conditions on the SJAM Trail
Local organizations and groups – Looking for more information about other ski organizations and groups in our area?