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i think that waxing them provides a support on the snow and then creates i guess a ballast upon the snow

  • I think the wax hardens to a ultra-smooth finish filling in the pores of the skis and reducing friction. In a manner of speaking, it is supporting the skis.
  • Waxing skis makes the running surface smoother and reduces friction. This will result in increased speed and smoother running.

It does not create a ballast on the snow. A ballast is a tank of something, commonly water or sand, or it is left empty, to alter the buoyancy of a submarine, hot air balloon, dirigible, ship etc in a fluid. Snow is not a fluid. All it does is smooth the bases of the skis and make them slipperier. It makes you go a lot faster. That's it.

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