Kick Wax

  1. Select the Right Wax (this is the only hard part)
    The hardness of the wax needs to match the hardness of the snow. Determine this by temperature, age of the snow, humidity and and your own skiing ability.
Here are three ways to pick
  1. Find out the humidity and temperature where you will be skiing then follow the wax manufacturers recommendations on the web. This has several serious drawbacks. You have to take a thermometer, a hydrometer, computor, and modem that operates with a cell phone or satellite with you skiing. You have to keep the computer batteries warm. The satellite may pass over only once a day and may be so low on the horizone that you can't reach it anyway. I don't even know what a hydrometer looks like or where your get one.
  2. Keep it simple
    1. Buy only three waxes.
    2. Use the hardest of the three wax first.
  1. Guess based on what the snow looks like and on the temperature range printed on the wax canister. This is what I do. Here is a Wax Chart showing my observations. Use the first wax to the left of the air temperature where you are skiing. If it doesn't work use the next one farther to the right. You don't need all these waxs. Concentrate on buying the ones in the temperature range that you usually ski in.
  1. Put the wax on the ski
  2. Cork the wax (If your not fussy you can skip corking)
  3. Ski
  4. Adjust the wax.
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