welcome to our waxing clinic today I'm going to explain to you my simplified waxing system that's guaranteed to have you skiing in less than five or ten minutes when you arrive at your ski area so nothing to be afraid of you don't have to be afraid of waxing your skis or choosing the correct wax because it's really very very simple first of all you have to understand how skis work and skis work in a very elegant but simple way it allows us to transport ourselves over the surface of the snow without sinking into the snow we need two things to successfully transport itself across the snow we need grip for traction and we need glide in order to reduce our effort and the way it works is very simple when we have all of our weight concentrated on one foot the ski presses into the snow and that increased pressure and contact equals greater friction which equals greater traction when we reduce our weight on the ski by simply transferring our weight from one foot to the other foot so that our weight is evenly balanced on both feet we only have 50% of our body weight on each ski and therefore we have reduced the amount of pressure underneath the bottoms of our skis and as a result reduce the friction and improve the Glide we actually test skis to ensure that they fit an individual and it's not good enough to consider what the manufacturers think a pair of skis will do because there is just not that much control in the manufacturing process and as a result skis turn out just as every skier who's this tall doesn't weigh the same amount every ski that's of that length doesn't have the same ability to distribute weight over the surface of the snow there's a lot of variation and we find that variation by testing and matching those skis to the individual a perfect ski would completely flattened out with a hundred percent of your body weight on it in such a way that the camber the arch in the middle of the ski is completely flat when a hundred percent of your body weight is applied not only does it have to be flat it has to be flat with a certain amount of pressure concentrated in that middle portion of the ski in order to ensure that you get proper grip or proper traction the next part of this way the ski has to perform is that in the glide phase when 50% of your body weight is on each foot you want to make sure that the skis are not completely flat in fact we want to ensure that the portion of the ski from approximately where your heel is to about 30 centimeters in front of your toe is not going to be touching the surface of the snow if it does touch or drag in the surface of the snow you're going to ski very slowly and because that's the part of the ski that we're going to put special sticky wax on to improve the way that the ski grips the snow we want to make sure that wax is not dragging in the snow because first of all that's going to glide very slowly if it's dragging and second of all it's gonna wear off very quickly if it's dragging it's so important that if the skis don't fit you then nothing you can do will improve the performance of the skis what is snow snow is that crystalline form of water that falls from the sky in the colder temperatures of the winter so snow crystals have rather interesting characteristics that change under varying conditions and there are in fact three factors that influence the characteristics of snow most of us are familiar with the most obvious characteristic of snow and that's the the its dependency on temperature obviously above the freezing point of water it's pretty difficult to get snow to exist for very long and as the temperature goes down in snow the ice crystals that make the characteristic snowflake change dramatically sharp hard crystals of snow have a very distinctive characteristic any of you who've tried to go out for a walk on a really really icy cold day in the snowpack remember that characteristic squeaking sound and that squeaking sound is the result of the ice crystals rubbing against each other another one is humidity and humidity is related to the amount of moisture in the air and it has a dramatic impact on the characteristics of the snow as the humidity increases the snowflakes fill in the crystals that make up that six point crystal tend to get more rounded and third is age of the snow as snow gets older it changes when it first arrives it's nice and sharp and pointy as a beautiful crystalline form that's what happens as it lands on our clothing and we look at the beautiful star shape of that six point crystal that's a new snow when the snow isn't so new it doesn't look so pretty it tends to age poorly as it gets older the snow crystals tend to break up they tend to round up skier traffic is another important factor in influencing the characteristics of snow skier traffic will dramatically alter the snow flakes and also make them rounder over a period of time so if we want to understand how snow changes we have a spectrum okay we have a range of characteristics of snow from one end of the spectrum we have the sharpest most pointed snow crystals and those exist at the end of the spectrum where we have cold fresh dry snow okay at the other end of the spectrum where the snow flakes have transformed and are most rounded and least like that beautifully formed snow crystal we have warm humid old snow all of those factors work together to make snow a very very complicated thing

Saul's Simple Waxing System for Classic Cross Country Skis -part 1 of 4
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3 thoughts on “Saul's Simple Waxing System for Classic Cross Country Skis -part 1 of 4

  • June 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    the icier the tracks, the stickier the wax.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    Thanks for the vid – will definitely watch the next 3.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    how to get wax out of the grip zone in non wax skis

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