Skate Ski Waxing Techniques

Skate Ski Waxing Techniques
There are two types of cross country ski techniques; classic and skate skiing. Skate skiing is similar to ice skating. Unlike classic skiing, which uses a kick wax, skate skis should only be waxed with a glide wax, which makes the ski slipperier.

Glide wax protects the ski base, while preparing the pores of the base for snow and temperature conditions. It also maintains the integrity of the base by filling in its pores. This prevents damage during the off-season. The durability of glide wax is maximized by heating the wax with an iron.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to Wax Skate Skis

Things You’ll Need:
  • Iron with adjustable heat control Plastic wax scraper Rounded groove scraper Glide wax Nylon brush Ski vice Base cleaner
  • Iron with adjustable heat control
  • Plastic wax scraper
  • Rounded groove scraper
  • Glide wax
  • Nylon brush
  • Ski vice
  • Base cleaner
Step 1
Choose your glide wax. Hydrocarbon or paraffin glide waxes are the least expensive. These low-performance waxes are perfect for beginners.

Low-fluorocarbon waxes can be used as a base for the high-fluorocarbon waxes. In colder temperatures, they can be used alone, especially at lower temperatures. These high-performance waxes can be used in race training.

High-fluorocarbon waxes provide fast acceleration. They are ideal race waxes. However, they are pretty expensive.
Step 2
Place your skis in a ski vice to hold your skis in place.
Step 3
Ventilate the room where you will be waxing your skis.
Step 4
Heat your iron to a temperature that is just warm enough to melt the ski wax. Use the lowest possible setting.
Step 5
Clean the base of your skis.
Step 6
Use the iron to drip a dime-size drop of wax on every inch of the base of the ski.
Step 7
Spread the wax evenly throughout the length of the ski.
Step 8
Allow the wax and ski to cool to room temperature. This can take up to 30 minutes.
Step 9
Use your scraper to remove the wax.
Step 10
Use your brush to remove the residual wax.

Tips & Warnings

When choosing wax temperatures, err toward cooler.
Be sure to keep the room ventilated.

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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