Why are ski's waxed?

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Skiers must use the wax that is best suited for the temperature on the day they wish to ski. Each different color of wax represents a different temperature range. Use the color that matches your temperature range. Read the packaging to see which colors represent which temperature ranges.

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skis are waxed to reduce the friction with the snow and therefore if there is less friction then the skis will go faster.

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The color code is used to simplify the choice of ski wax and represents the temperature at which the wax is most effective.

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