Chad Austin wrote:Anyone try skiing in the Twin Cities yesterday afternoon when it was in the 30s? What kind of wax did/would you use? I used Fast Wax red and I was very frustrated. I'm a fairly new skier and I don't know if that's just normal for those conditions or if I different wax would have made it better.
What specifically was the frustrating part?? Snow in the conditions that we had this last Friday can be frustrating on many levels.
1. High moisture content- As the snow melts, there is a lot of water involved. A high floro wax (Fast wax Salmon) will make the skis more hydrophobic and give better glide (I've been liking their high flour pastewax this season FWIW). High moisture conditions can be positively impacted by structure as well. Adding structure to your ski bases can break up the suction caused by too much water under the ski.
2. Surface conditions- As the snow melts, the trail surface becomes softer, you begin to sink as you glide. Depending on where you ski, this may be more or less of an issue. A more heavily groomed/packed trail will stay firmer longer than a less heavily packed one.