The Effects of Wax on Skis

The Effects of Wax on Skis
Wax is put on skis to improve their performance. Cross-country skiers have different demands from alpine skiers, and consequently the two kinds of skiing have different types of wax.

Alpine Skiing

Alpine skiing works by creating a balance between the flat surface of the ski, the snow, and the layer of water between them. Too much water creates suction on the ski, and too little results in friction.

Alpine Wax

The wax for alpine skiing is called glide wax, and is used as an aid to minimize both suction and friction.

Wax and Temperature

Variations in temperature can directly affect the effectiveness of a glide wax, so there are different products to compensate for colder, more frigid weather.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing works by increasing the grip of the skis on the surface of the snow. There are two kinds of wax for this: klister and kick wax.

Kick Wax

Kick wax is generally for newly fallen snow, or old snow in places where the temperature gets well below freezing and stays there.

Klister Wax

This wax is very sticky, making it great for use on snow/ice and snow/slush mixtures.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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