Waxing your skis (or snowboard) consists of applying a suitable product, the wax, to the base of the ski, the part of the ski that is in direct contact with the snow. The wax maintains the sole to prevent it from drying out and gives you a better glide. Without it, the skis will lose performance and the base will deteriorate, shortening the life of the skis. Several types of wax exist: liquid, solid and designed for different temperatures.
👉 Different types of wax
👉 Choosing the right wax
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Good to know: Perhaps you’ve heard of "no-wax skis". This type of cross-country ski doesn’t need to be waxed on the grip area of the base, under the binding. This area includes an anti-slip system with scales. But you still have to wax the glide area, located under the tip and tail of the ski. Recently, some downhill skiing brand shave also developed a sole technology that does not require wax. While still a minority, they are an alternative to classic skis with less maintenance.