Why wax cross-country skis?
Cross-country skiing is above all a sliding sport, so you must maintain the base of your skis to have the most fun on the slopes.
Waxing reduces grip (suction cup effect) and improves glide, optimising the compatibility of your ski base with the characteristics of the snow (air temperature, snow quality, etc.).
You can maintain your skis yourself or make an appointment with a professional at a workshop.
When should I wax my skis?
When buying skis, we recommend that you prepare the base well to achieve an optimum glide. Several consecutive waxings are best in order to "nourish" the base properly.
You then need to wax your skis regularly according to: how long and how often you ski; and the snow abrasion on recent excursions.
Don't wait until the base turns a whitish colour to wax your skis!
How do I choose a wax?
PS (formerly CH) = Traditional FLUORIDE-FREE hydrocarbon-based wax
Recommended: for ski maintenance and regular cross-country skiing.
HS (formerly LF) = higher performance wax, it has hydrophobic properties, it will push away the film of water between the base and the snow. It can be used alone or as a base
How should I wax my skis?
Before applying the wax, prepare the base of your ski with the bronze brush.
Apply the wax evenly with the waxing iron on the sliding part (usually the: tail and tip, over the full length for skating), then remove the excess wax from the groove and on the ski by scraping the base with the plastic scraper.
Finally, brush the base with the nylon brush.
=> See the tutorial videos on our Inovik YouTube channel