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  Ski Wax on MountainZone.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
When skis come back from the slope, the base edges are polished with sandpaper, the sides filed back to 87 degrees and the front/rear sections are angled accordingly.
The wax is scraped off the ski while the wax is still warm and it is then brushed out carefully.
The more often the ski is waxed, the better it is. Racing skis last up to three years in the Downhill and Super-G, in the technical disciplines it's up to one season.
ski.mountainzone.com /2005/ski_wax/index.html   (598 words)

  Ski wax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ski wax is a material applied to the bottom of skis or snowboards to help them perform on snow.
The wax is applied to the portion of the ski extended out from below the region of the foot and when pressure is applied to this areas the wax grips the snow and allows the skier to propel themselves forward.
The wax is then ironed into the base at 100 C to 130 C, keeping the iron moving so that the base does not overheat: the base should be hot enough to keep the wax liquid for a second or two after the iron passes over it, but never scalding to the touch.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ski_wax   (1313 words)

 Ski wax: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Ski wax is a material applied to the bottom of ski ski quick summary:
Skiing is the activity of gliding over snow using skis (originally wooden planks, now usually made from fiberglass or related composite materialcomposites)...
Ski mountaineering is a sport that combines the techniques of skiing with those of mountaineering....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/s/sk/ski_wax.htm   (1341 words)

 Ski - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ski wax is used to decrease drag by increasing the water repellency properties of the base.
Now, Downhill skis are "shaped" (when viewed from above or below, the center or "waist" is narrower than the tip or tail, and the cut from tip through waist to tail follows either a parabolic curve, or an arc, on either side of the ski) to promote easy turning.
Skis for mountain/backcountry/cross-country free range skiing which are designed for skiing on unbroken snow, where an established track is lacking.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ski   (1800 words)

 Ann Arbor Ski Club: Waxing Notes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Glide waxes are applied to the parts of the ski that are in contact with the snow during the glide portion of skiing motion.
Since glide waxes are more durable than grip waxes they tend to last longer, so it is usually not necessary to apply glide wax more than a couple of times a year, unless: 1) you ski a lot; 2) you ski in icy conditions; or 3) the snow temperature changes drastically.
Although the grip wax zone may appear to be located in the middle of a ski, it is actually located in the center of the skiís camber curve.
www.a2skiclub.org /nordic/waxing.html   (8992 words)

 Fast Wax Technical Information
Wax coverage should cover the total width of the ski base.If the ski is gapped on one side or the other, this is an indication the base may not be flat or you may need to drip more wax on the ski.
Ideally, the ski should be allowed to cool in a warm environment (it may be OK for you to go from the sauna to the snow but is not advised for your freshly waxed skis).
Wax your skis often, the more skis are waxed, the faster the skis become and the better you become at waxing.
www.visi.com /~fastwax/instructions.html   (2440 words)

 The Facts on Nordic Ski Wax
Waxed bases also last longer because the risk of minor damage that disturbs the ski’s performance is reduced.
For example, if the temperature was thought to be around 20½ F, a wax that has a temperature range of 9½ to 21½ F could be mixed with a wax of range 18½ to 28½ F. If you have to guess, it is better to have a too cold of wax on than too warm.
To wax skis, you need a vice to secure your ski into place, a hot iron to melt and spread the wax on the ski, a plexiglass scraper to take the wax off, a brush to polish the ski, a synthetic cork for kick wax and the wax itself.
www.engr.wisc.edu /wiscengr/issues/Sept01/skiwax.html   (1006 words)

 Nordic Ski Manual: Waxing tips
Binder wax is incredibly rowdy stuff to work with, and it is generally best to warm the surface of the wax prior to application, and then gingerly dab it on over the skis grip-section, smoothing with a hot iron as you go.
Grip wax is wonderful in that it still allows glide when the static friction is overcome (such as when you slide the ski forward), and therefore the old Norwegian trick of applying grip wax to the full length of the ski can work wonders, and still allow lots of glide.
Skis with mica bases: The only thing possible with these skis is to pretend that the mica isn't impregnated throughout the entire base, and wax the tips and tails as per non-wax skis, covering up the mica as you add wax.
ski.itrundle.com /appendices/waxing.html   (4636 words)

 Purdue students invent soybean-based ski wax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Tao said the testing wheel not only simulated a one-kilometer ski run at 35 miles per hour, it also was designed and wired to run in a refrigerator to simulate real-world conditions.
Ski wax was an unusual choice for the two students, because neither actually skis.
The ski wax is about 30 percent soybean oil, Mulvaney said.
www.purdue.edu /UNS/html4ever/980501.Tao.skiwax.html   (794 words)

 WAX SKI CLUB Inc. Home Page
The WAX SKI CLUB of Rochester was formed for the express purpose of introducing the sport of skiing to African Americans.
WAX SKI came into existence in 1984 and accepted the goals of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, Inc.
Wax Ski has a number of other social activities throughout the year, including our annual pool party, bike rides, golf outings, and whatever else members feel like doing.
www.nbs.org /clubs/wax.html   (198 words)

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Kick wax is only applied to the middle third of a waxable ski known as the "wax pocket" or "kick zone".
Stick wax is gently crayoned on and smoothed into the "wax pocket"--the middle third of the ski - with a wax cork.
Remember that kick waxing is always going to be hardest when temperature ranges change dramatically or when snow crystals are in their most volatile state--just around freezing.
www.xcskiworld.com /equip/Waxing/waxing_kick.htm   (2188 words)

 How to use Toko Wax
After waxing, the skis should be scraped well with a sharp scraper and brushed out well first with a nylon brush and then with a horsehair brush to get every bit of wax off of the surface of the base as it would only scrape on the sharp snow and slow the skis down.
The concept of waxing for classic skiing is such that ideally when the skier is in the glide phase, the kick wax isn't touching the snow (causing the ski to drag).
The problem that this can cause though is that the wax pocket may not fit the skier which means if the skis are waxed according to how they were designed, the waxed area might be too short or long.
www.skinnyski.com /notices/archives/Toko_1.html   (8064 words)

 We Love Soy Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Waxing should last a few minutes to allow proper penetration as deep as possible into the polyethylene layer on your ski or board.
You should scrape the wax from head to tail, in the direction that you'll be gliding.
Waxing irons and heated wax are HOT and capable of burning you.
www.welovesoy.com /bioglide_howtouse.html   (443 words)

 Ski Snowboard Wax Waxing Irons Tools Scrapers Brushes Tognar
Toko's powerful wax iron features an adjustable thermostat, diagonal grooves in the base plate to better distribute wax across the ski or snowboard base, and a clip to hold sheets of Toko Tex Wax or plain Toko Base Tex paper under the iron for your final wax pass.
Although it does not heat bases as deeply as a hot wax iron for optimal wax penetration and durability, it nonetheless is sometimes requested by ski clubs and other large ski groups or families looking for wax application ease and speed.
Use the nylon brush to remove softer waxes from coarse or medium structures, the brass brush to clean old wax from base before waxing as well as to remove harder waxes from fine structures, and the fine nylon or horsehair brush for final polish brushing of all waxes.
www.tognar.com /wax_tools_hot_irons_corks_brushes_ski_snowboard.html   (4273 words)

 SkiWax.ca Ski*go Ski Wax
This is a very durable glide wax, particularly with snow that is agressive such as man-made snow.
This kick wax is designed for new snow that is more penetrating because of the snow crystals being fresh and sharp.
When testing klister for a long ski, loppet or race be sure to: 1) let the klister cool completely before testing, and 2) test the klister in the shaded portions of the ski trail too.
www.skiwax.ca /skigo/ski-go.php   (3166 words)

 Ski Wax Fumes Linked To Respiratory Failure
Swiss researchers report the case of a patient who "sustained acute pulmonary injury after inhalation of fluorocarbon ski wax." Their findings are published in the November issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
The authors attribute the case to "exposure to melted ski wax vapors." They point out that ski wax "is considered to be nontoxic," and that the patient's illness "was related to the heated fluorocarbon particles" from the wax.
In an interview with Reuters Health, Bracco advised skiers to avoid "ski waxing in (a) confined space," and always "check the temperature of (the) heating systems" used to apply the wax.
www.personalmd.com /news/a1998111707.shtml   (365 words)

 corking in ski wax - Teton Gravity Research Forums   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
I believe this is typically done on nordic skis before ironing, and with an additive (paste of flouro or teflon) after waxing and scraping downhill skis.
Cold waxing alpine skis and corking them works for races, where you need the skis to fly for a run or two, tops, but other than that, it isn't very effective.
The best way to save wax is to touch the wax block to the iron then rub the wax on the base instead of dripping it on.
www.tetongravity.com /forums/showthread.php?t=20364   (780 words)

 At Home Waxing: Ski & Snowboard Service: Ski Center
The steps for waxing a ski or a board are basically the same.
Once excess wax is removed, buff with a structure brush to remove uneven areas and provide structure (it breaks up suction).
Scrape excess wax off, but be careful not to injure the base itself by being too aggressive.
www.skicenter.com /service/waxing.htm   (582 words)

 SkiWax.ca : Ski Wax, Tools and Accessories Available On-line
We carry ski waxes for recreational, fitness and racing skiers active in Nordic, Alpine and Snowboard sports.
Cold weather means you need to use cold wax and hardeners.
Keep your wood skis in top shape with a regular application of pine tar.
www.skiwax.ca   (692 words)

 Waxing Scientific: Friction and Ski Wax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Friction is a resistance to motion opposite to the direction of travel when two surfaces--such as ski and snow--are in contact, and it acts to slow a moving object.
As a ski glides over snow, the friction between the ski and the snow crystals melts a thin layer of water, which aids the skier's glide.
In warmer wet snow, a softer wax is used to help reduce the drag and repel the melt water generated from the skis.
www.acs.org /portal/a/c/s/1/feature_ent.html?id=0f1f9724224411d6eac36ed9fe800100   (434 words)

 bookofjoe: 'Ski Wax is Redundant'
A study by Leonid Kuzmin, a former cross-country racing champion turned ski coach who is now a doctoral student at Mid-Sweden University, concludes that for runs of more than a couple of hundred metres, the presence of ski wax slows the skier down.
The way in which a ski slides over the snow boils down to the way in which friction between the base of the ski and the surface of the snow melts that snow, transforming it into a thin layer of water.
Kick wax is applied to the parts of the blades of cross-country skis that are directly under the skier's feet.
www.bookofjoe.com /2005/12/ski_wax_is_redu.html   (812 words)

 hmm... Ski wax makes your skis slower? - dyestat.com Forums   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Not only is it easier to ski, those going out for exercise don't have to do the before and after work-¬they get more time on the ski trail and have more money left in their pockets," says Kuzmin.
At the Nordic World Ski Championship in Thunder Bay in 1995, when his wife Antonina Ordina took bronze medals, individually and in the relay, he chose to have her race on unwaxed skis.
"By only using a steel scraper without waxing, recreational skiers don't have to waste valuable time at the waxing bench, and you don't have to send your skis in to be stone ground," he concludes.
www.dyestat.com /forum/showthread.php?t=18869   (949 words)

 Ski Wax, Snowboard Wax, Waxing Accessories
Hertel waxes can be used by skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels and they are designed to work in all temperatures and mountain conditions.
Hertel Racing FC 739 ski wax is designed for skiers that need a wax to give them that extra competitve boost.
In ski wax all that was available was a range of colored ski waxes confusing to everyone and the major cause for people to not wax skis.
hertelskiwax.com   (953 words)

 Hertel Ski Wax and Snowboard Wax
Once the ski is in motion, you are applying pressure and exerting friction, melting the snow, and creating a fine layer of water between your ski base and the snow.
Control and maneuverability in skiing is derived from altering the structure of this water.
Hertel wax systems perform a special process using an encapsulation process; tiny bits of surface-active agents formulated into the waxes interact with water, decreasing surface tension and friction, plus increasing control.
www.hertelskiwax.com /articles.asp?id=125   (458 words)

 TorbjornSport   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
You can also skate on these skis, but we find that the long shafts and softer wheels are not ideal for the skate technique.
The new Roadline Tech ski, while technically a dual technique ski, is a terrific classic skiing, but performs poorly for skating due to the narrow front wheel and wider rear wheel.
This means that the ski will release from the "grip" phase of the stride earlier - reducing the possibility developing a "late kick." The rear wheel is a standard C2 wheel, meaning lots of stability and just the right speed.
www.torbjornsport.com /store/classicrollerskis.html   (341 words)

 We Love Soy Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
As the board or ski travels down the slope, a thin layer of water is formed between it and the snow due to the heat of friction.
At the edge of the turntable was a small 'ski' that had a vertical dowel attached to a strain gauge.
The strain gauge was calibrated to measure the horizontal force on the ski.
www.welovesoy.com /laboratoryproven.htm   (450 words)

 North Carolina Ski Resorts, Ski Resorts in North Carolina, Skiing in North Carolina
If you only use your skis a few times a season this will be less important, and you can just prepare your skis knowing that a good tuning and waxing NEVER hurts.
Assuming your edges are sharp and your ski bases are good, and you have already figured out the mix of wax you want, it's time to hot wax your skis.
If your skis are in good repair, your edges should be true to the bottoms of your skis and your bottoms perfectly flat.
www.skisoutheast.com /tuning_waxing.htm   (1561 words)

 Toko Cross Country Ski Wax - SkinnySkis.com
Toko HF Dibloc Yellow Wax is a soft, highly fluorinated race was is used at 0°C to -4°C for damp to wet snow and high air humidity.
Toko LF Dibloc Blue Wax is a lightly fluorinated hot wax predominantly used in cold and dry temperatures for race and training use.
Toko LF Dibloc Yellow Wax is a lightly fluorinated hot was that is suitable for all snow conditions with low air humidity across the 0°C to -4°C temperature range.
www.skinnyskis.com /CAT_Toko_Wax.aspx   (1002 words)

During the '40s he was the national cross-country ski trainer, this allowed him to test directly his own products.
Throughout this time, besides his intense alpinistic activity he continued to produce and refine the ski waxes, already known all over Italy and used by the National "Azzurri" Team for both Alpine and Nordic Skiing.
Today the Soldà Ski Wax is known in the highest international level, and with its products it has become a member of the Suppliers Pool of several national teams in their different specialities.
www.artigiani.vi.it /solda/enghome.htm   (698 words)

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