Saturday, 31 March 2012

Spring Cleaning

With the last Alberta Cup of the season taking place tomorrow in Canmore, the season is officially over and it is time to think about spring cleaning. Follow a few easy steps to ensure that your skis are ready and fast come next winter. Below you will find directions for recreational skis and racing skis. 

If your skis have seen a lot of fluoros in the form of powders this winter, follow the racing directions. Otherwise, the recreational directions will do just fine.

Spring skiing means klister and your skis probably look something like this.
... or worse, like this!

Recreational Skis

1. Clean the kick zones. Use a wax remover to ensure that all wax, dirt, hair, leaves, and other material (see above) is removed.

2. Brush the glide zones well with a medium steel or bronze brush (more info on brushes can be found here - Brush)

3. Apply a soft glide wax such as Swix CH 10, Holmenkol Alphamix yellow, Ski*Go yellow, etc. Scape while the wax is still molten and then allow to cool. 

4. Scrape any residual wax from #3 above and then brush with a medium steel or bronze brush. 

5. Apply a slightly harder glide wax such as Swix CH 8, Solda Techno Red, or Ski*Go red, etc. to the glide zones only. Leave the wax on and do not scrape. Do not wax the kick zones of classic skis

6. Cover the kick zones of classic skis with green painter's tape. 

7. Store your skis in a cool location and ensure that your ski ties are snug, but not tight. You do not want your skis to spend the entire summer under load.


Race Skis

1. Clean the kick zones. Use a wax remover to ensure that all wax, dirt, hair, leaves, and other material (see above) is removed.

2. Brush the glide zones well with a medium steel or bronze brush (more info on brushes can be found here - Brush)

3. Apply a soft glide wax such as Swix CH 10, Holmenkol Alphamix yellow, Ski*Go yellow, etc. Scape while the wax is still molten and then allow to cool. 

4. Scrape any residual wax from #3 above and then brush with a medium steel or bronze brush. 

5. Apply a glide wax cleaner (e.g. Swix Glide Wax Cleaner). Note that this is NOT the same as regular wax remover (e.g. Swix Base Cleaner). The glide cleaner will remove the flourocarbons that clog up your skis while leaving the saturating wax intact - this is a good thing and will make your skis absorb wax better and run faster. Regular wax remover WILL dry out your skis - this is a bad thing and will make your skis slowe. If you are not sure which product you have, stop by the shop and we'll be glad to point you in the right direction. 

5a. To apply the glide cleaner:  wipe generously onto the base (glide zones only) with shop towel or fiberlene, scrub back and forth with a nylon brush while still wet, wipe the bases clean and allow to try (~10 minutes), bush the residue away with a fine steel brush.

6. Apply a slightly harder glide wax such as Swix CH 8, Solda Techno Red, or Ski*Go red, etc. to the glide zones only. Leave the wax on and do not scrape. Do not wax the kick zones of classic skis

7. Cover the kick zones of classic skis with green painter's tape. 

8. Store your skis in a cool location and ensure that your ski ties are snug, but not tight. You do not want your skis to spend the entire summer under load.