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Waxing Waxless Skis

Waxing Waxless Skis. Is that possible? Is it prudent?

Heck, even waxless skis need a little respect. They face the same problems every other ski does — giving its owner a good glide. You need to give the glide portion of your skis as much attention as any other ski. Just apply wax in the same manner as I’ve described previously, just don’t wax the waxless portion (usually fishscales) of the ski. Slap some masking tape down at the spot where the waxless section starts to keep glide wax out of the grooves.

There are rare occasions when the snow conditions are right for your waxless skis to ice up. The temperature is just above freezing and you ski through some wet snow and then into the shade and that moisture that just seeped into the pores of your P-Tex in the fishscale area freezes up solid. Lots of fun while you are jetting down a hill and hit a shady patch of cold snow. It will slow you do so fast you wish you had a shoulder harness and airbags on yours skis. But there are various sprays you can apply to your fishscales to keep them from building up ice, but fortunately it won’t happen very often.

Emergency Anti-icing tip
True story, so I know this works. We were skiing along on fresh fallen snow and my partner forgot to apply some liquid wax on his fishscales before the trip and they were icing up. Bad.

It started snowing and he’s walking downhill, with a good 4 inches of snow clinging to the bottoms. I figured at this point we had nothing to lose and we scrapped off the snow and applied sunscreen to the kicker portion of his skis. Worked like a charm.

I recommend this only as a last resort, but his skis suffered no ill effects from the sunscreen chemicals and he did beat me back to the car.