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Weekend Wax Tips

February 1st Wax Guesses

The weather is warming quickly on Saturday from -8 towards -2 with a very light sprinkling of fresh snow on top of hard packed frozen tracks. That’s a tricky range – from Swix V40 (Blue Extra) but seguing towards V45 Violet Special. Another favourite for these conditions is Vauhti Carrot. Because of the hard conditions underfoot, you’re best off corking in multiple thin layers than trying to solve it with one application.

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.

If you find a wax combination that worked, please share with us on twitter (@KanataNordic) or Facebook!

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