Block of wax
Plexi-scraper 5mm or 3 mm
This is the most difficult part of the recipe! Find a good spot for your skis with the best position to work on them, and an easy spot to clean up!
You will need a work bench with ski vise or a waxing profile to stabilize the ski.
Avoid the carpet, the parent’s bed or the sister’s yoga mat!
Pre heat the waxing iron to the recommended temperature (Check the packaging on the wax!)
Ready in 30min
- Use the brass brush to clean-up the base. Make two or three passes. Not only do you get out the dirt that was inside the base, but also you open the base up and prepare it for maximum wax intake (mmmm!)
- Grab your iron and keep it above the ski. Touch the iron to the block of wax allowing the melted wax to drip off a corner of the iron. Just make sure the melted wax ends up on the base of your skis and spreads enough wax along the base (tip to tail) drawing little zig-zags to keep things fun!
- Melt the wax into the ski base by running the iron along the ski. Stay in motion at all times, just fast enough to melt the wax, but not too slow, otherwise you risk burning the ski base!
- Set your skis aside (inside!) for 20 minutes. When the base is cold, it’s ready to scrape!
- Scrape the groove first, then edges with a groove pin. The layer of wax will help protect the ski base in case the groove scraper slips!
- Use a plexi scraper, to remove ALL the layers of wax on the base. Scrape tip to tail, tip to tail, tip to tail (angle the scraper toward the tail of the ski)
- Keep brushing your base with nylon brush until your base gets shinny and clean. (about 10 passes). Always brush tip to tail (glide way).
The choice of wax must be according with the air temperature range.
Generally, you can check it on the package of wax!
Each brand has a different “window of temperature” to rank the wax.
Overall the ranking is color-coded :
Yellow : 0 /+10 Air Temperature
Red : +5 / -5 Air Temperature
Blue : -5 / -15 Air temperature
Green : -15 / -25 Air Temperature
** EXTRA TIP - Coat your skis with a nice thick coat of wax at the end of the ski season. When the ski season returns, follow steps 5 to 7 and you're ready to ski!