While much of your ski education should be conducted on the mountain and in a lesson, there are several aspects of skiing you can learn on your own. One of the most important? Ski maintenance. This equipment can be very temperamental, especially in extreme temperatures and conditions. Learning to take care of your skis will instill a better sense of appreciation for the sport; you’ll understand how and what allows you to move across the snow, and you’ll better grasp the techniques you learn. Below, we have included a basic guide to waxing your skis.
- Lay your skis on a workbench or similar space where the topsheet can lie flat without being disturbed by the bindings. Ski clamps and benches work well, but a large table with a few blocks is perfect. Tie your breaks up to ensure nothing is touching the topsheet or base.
- Clean your bases by running a damp cloth over the material.
- Warm your iron to the preferred temperature—most waxes will provide this instruction.
- Press the block of wax onto the iron and drip a line of liquid from the tip to the tail of the ski, keeping it as even as possible.
- Run the iron over the wax as you might while ironing a shirt. Always keep the iron moving and be sure that the wax gets spread evenly across the whole ski. This should take just a minute or two to cover the whole surface.
- Repeat on the second ski.
- Allow the wax to cool—generally around thirty minutes, but the longer, the better.
- Once the wax has soaked into the ski, you will need to scrape off the excess material. Run a scrapper from tip to tail to remove as much wax as possible.
- Run a brush from tip to tail to remove the last pieces of excess wax.