How to Wax Skate Skis

How to Wax Skate Skis
Skate skiing is a variation of regular alpine skiing utilizing thin skis to increase a rider's speed. It is a physically demanding sport often competed in by only the most athletic types. These skates are similar to traditional alpine skis in that they need to be waxed, but skate skis require much more meticulous maintenance. It is recommended that new skis be waxed every five to eight runs to help build up a wax base that won't deteriorate with use.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ski wax
  • Wax scraper
  • Iron
  • Nylon brush
Step 1
Heat the wax with an iron and drip the wax onto the bottom of the ski. Have the iron set on medium so that it will melt the wax without burning it.
Step 2
Run the iron along the bottom of the ski to get the wax into the ski's pores. Make sure the iron is continuously moving, otherwise it might burn the wax.
Step 3
Allow the wax to cool for 30 minutes.
Step 4
Scrape off excess wax using a wax scraper. Run the scraper along the ski from tip to tail at a 45-degree angle.
Step 5
Brush the wax to get rid of any wax lingering in the ridges of the skis. This excess wax will slow down the skis on the slopes.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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