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.
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.
Ski wax lets the skis glide over snow.
Yes, skis WILL help you get downhill faster if there is snow. You need to know how steep the hill is to know how fast you will go. If you add some ski wax to the bottom of your skis, you will go extra fast.
To go faster
Not much, except the ski wax and the 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.
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.
Wax is only to be used on the base of the skis, except when you coat the metal side edges for storage, since it helps avoid rust. Ski bases are like sponges; they soak up wax and release it when you ski. Wax techs for World Cup ski racers, in fact, will hot wax a new pair of skis over 100 times, so the bases are fully saturated. After waxing, it's generally recommended that you scrape off the excess wax, then use a special brush to remove even more tiny bits of wax. Wax that is soaked into the bases will release as the heat from friction builds up as the skis pass over the snow. The best way to wax is the hot wax method, since it lasts much longer. You may also use rub on and paste waxes, but they only last for a few runs at best. If you look at a ski base under a microscope, you'll see it's not smooth, but has tiny peaks and valleys. This is to allow water to pass. Ski racers, in particular, select from a variety of patterns when getting their bases stone ground. If it were a flat surface, suction would build up.
To store downhill skis for long periods of time such as the summer the best way to keep them in good shape is to go to your local ski shop and ask them to put a storage wax on. This is a special wax put on thickly and not scraped off too much designed to keep the bases from drying out and cracking. A good place to store your skis (with the storage wax on, don't store skis without it) would be a place that is cool and has a medium humidity, too dry will dry out your skis. Dark is also good as bright sunlight can damage the graphics and will make the temperature rise and fall which will also damage your skis.
apply wax to the bottom of your skis
When you store downhill skis over a long period you should put a storage wax on. This is a special wax designed to keep the bases from drying out and cracking. A good place to store your skis would be a place that is cool and has a medium humidity. Too dry will dry out your skis. Dark is also good as bright sunlight can damage the graphics and will make the temperature rise and fall which will also damage your skis.
it helps your skis glide over the snow and reduces friction!
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.
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.
Primarily hydrocarbons (think petroleum). Some racers use graphite mixed with their wax for the anti- electrostatic properties. Floro waxes are expensive, but popular among racers.
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.
You wax your skis so that you don't stumble on the snow and you just glide over it for a smooth ride! Also, waxing your skis enables you to ski faster and it protects the bases of your skis, which if damaged can cause a rougher ride and can make the skis harder to control (trust me, I had skis with damaged bases and once they were repaired they were SO much easier to control).
As often as possible. The more you wax a ski the faster it becomes. For your standard skier who only skis on weekends I would say that every two to three weeks should be fine. Also make sure that you store skis over the summer with wax to keep the bases from drying out and expanding.
You can rub the wax directly onto the base of the ski and buff it in with a cork. However using the hot waxing method is much better.
I used ski wax. (was used on snow skis or snow boards)
You use ski wax in downhill ski racing right before a ski race. Ski wax can become expensive and it wears off quickly so it is really just used for race day. Plus, you end up scraping a bunch of it off before you even ski on it! Ski wax comes in different colors based on temperature. Swix ski wax is a well respected brand. The ski wax comes in small bars that looks like different colored soap. The color of the wax you use depends on the air temperature, snow consistency, and other weather conditions. Each ski wax brand should have a chart which you tell you which ski wax to use and when. It is important that you watch the weather to see what the temperature is going to be the day of the ski race. The ski wax bars come in temperature ranges. Sometimes you can mix different colors if the temperature is right on the border between two different temperature ranges. Or in some cases it may be colder in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. As far as colors go...here is what they recommend for Swix wax: HF4 Green, -10
Some skis you need to wax some you do not. It depends on the manufacturing.
Are you going skiing today? Then it's time to wax your skis.
Yes. You can also use a warm wax to remove other waxes or even dirt. Simply wax a warm wax on your skis and scrap the wax off while it is still molten. This is called hot scraping. So you can either hot scrap the colder wax out and then apply the warm wax, let it cool and scrap/brush, or you can just wax the warmer wax in.