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Wax to make it simple is slippery, this when placed on the skis reduces the friction between the snow and the skis, (yes there is some friction between skis and snow).

The less friction, the faster your skis can glide across the snow, and the faster you go.

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What effect does ski wax do on skis and what force does it reduce?

Ski wax lets the skis glide over snow.


Should you wax your scaled bottom cross country skis?

No, you should not wax scaled cross-country skis. This style of ski is scaled for the purpose of not having to wax at all. However, if you want to improve your speed on scaled skis, you could glide wax the bottoms of your skis outside of the scaled area. Glide wax is a type of hard wax applied by melting, ironing, and scraping the ski. It is different from kick wax, which is a sticky wax that would be applied in place of scales.


What does science have to do with skiing?

Not much, except the ski wax and the skis.


How do you wax a skis?

To wax a ski, you have to buy the certain wax for the type of ski you are using, so you should go to a ski shop. There are many different ways so i suggest above.


Why do downhill ski racers wax their skis?

Waxing skis make your skis faster. You also want to have smooth bottoms on your skis. Smooth bottoms of your ski - It is CRITCIAL to avoid skiing over rocks, dirt, or anything that is not ice and snow. This can cause scratches, nicks, and divots in the bottom of your ski. You want the bottoms to be as smooth and scratch free if possible. The smoother they are, the more surface area touches the snow which allows you to ski faster. "Burrs" are what they call nicks on your edges and the bottom of your ski. Waxing your skis - This is usually done the night before a ski race. You melt wax over your skis with and then iron the wax over the skis. Ski wax comes in a variety of colors which are associated with different temperature ranges. The purpose of different wax for different temperatures is because the consistency of the snow changes with the temperature. The day of the race you scrape the wax off your skis. There will be some wax that still remains on the bottom and will quickly wear off. Consult a local ski shop for proper technique. Waxing also protects your skis. If you don't wax them, the bases can become oxidized.


What is done to reduce friction in ski jumping?

apply wax to the bottom of your skis


Why does wax help ski?

it helps your skis glide over the snow and reduces friction!


Who uses ski wax?

Pretty much everyone who skis. Everyone who skis should, but, there are some people who think, "oh ski wax is just for racers." Not true. Ski wax protects the bases of your skis, helps you go faster (most of the time, some waxes are a lot faster than others, these are the ones that the racers and expert recreational skiers use) and do a few other things which aren't that important. If you don't think you need to use ski wax, think again. Ski wax is important at all skill levels.


How does skiing work?

skis work because the way the hot dried wax maks the snow slick for the skis. The skis hot wax does not rub off because your speed.


How come when you hot wax skis you have to scrape from tip to tail?

The wax on top of the surface of the ski slows you down because it causes over effective friction. The wax that is important and best effective is in the ski's pores.


What effects does ski wax do on skis?

Ski Wax basically helps the ski Glide better on snow. There are some different types of wax, but your basic wax (for skiing/ snowboarding) creates a layer on the base of your ski (or board) that helps maximize the the film of water that is created between your ski and the snow, helping it to go faster, in combination with the small grooves on the bottom of your ski. You can tell if you need wax or not, when the base of your skis starts going white, at the edges at first. There are different waxes for different snow temperatures, but you can mix these or buy 'all-round' wax.


How do you make a pool rock slide slippery?

I used ski wax. (was used on snow skis or snow boards)

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