WHY WAX THE SKIS?
The waxing step is essential before the winter season for themaintenance of the skis. Indeed, wax is a specific coating that not only improves the glide but also maintains your soles. When sliding on snow, the pressure of the spatulas and the outside temperature melts the snow, creating a thin layer of water. The wax has the function of evacuating the water in order to guarantee an optimal glide and to gain speed.
Depending on your needs and your practice, there are two methods of waxing. Firstly, cold waxing. This consists of roughly pulverizing the wax chosen beforehand on the soles and then brushing it with a polish. This method is recommended for all beginners but also for skiers in a hurry.
Then there is the most widespread application, that of hot waxing. This is highly recommended for best results and homogeneous waxing on the spatulas. To do this, all you need is a waxing iron for precise temperature adjustment. The principle lies in the application of wax drop by drop on the soles. When the wax has cooled down, you can scrape off the excess wax with the spatula at the heel. Finally, to obtain a nice finish, brush the soles to remove the wax from the micro-grooves.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WAXES
Throughout the winter season, you will encounter different sliding conditions. In order to choose the right wax, different criteria must be taken into account: air temperature, humidity level and snow granulation. Each colour of wax corresponds to a specific skiing condition:
- orange wax: -8°C to 15°C
- green wax: -12°C to -32°C
- blue wax: -6°C to -12°C
- purple wax: -2°C to -8°C
- red wax: -4°C to 1°C
- yellow wax: 0°C to 10°C
Each wax has very specific characteristics to guarantee you an excellent glide in all circumstances. To prepare and maintain your ski equipment, find all our ski maintenance tools on our website. Discover the VOLA RACING and SWIX wax es to maintain your equipment like a professional.