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How to Wax Your Skis

Why pay a ski shop? Follow these steps to hot wax your own skis, and use the money you save for more time on the slopes!


  • Step 1: Raise the brakes Push down on a ski's brake pedal to raise the brake arms. Loop the rubber band around one arm, over the binding, and around the other arm to keep the brake arms up and out of the way.
  • Step 2: Fasten skis securely Fasten the ski securely in the vises, with the base facing up. The vises should be spaced so that they hold the ski at about one-third the length from either end.
  • Step 3: Remove old wax Scrape off old wax with the scraper, and then brush the ski thoroughly with the nylon brush. Wipe it down with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Step 4: Add a base coat Rub the entire base of the ski lightly with the wax. This will leave a thin base that will protect the ski from scorching when you iron it.
  • TIP: Use the right wax. Read the package to check its temperature range, which should reach at least 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 5: Melt the wax Heat the iron to 240-250 degrees, or just above the low setting. Hold the bar of wax against the iron so it melts and drips onto the ski. Cover the ski with a zig-zag trail of wax.
  • TIP: If the wax smokes, your iron is too hot and you risk damaging your skis.
  • Step 6: Iron the ski Iron the wax drops into the ski with a smooth, firm, straight motion. Work from the center to the tip, and then from the center to the tail. Then go over the whole ski again from tip to tail.
  • TIP: Move the iron in a straight line up and down the ski, not back and forth. This will help prevent scratching the ski.
  • Step 7: Scrape off the wax Let the ski cool for 20 minutes, then scrape off as much wax as you can. The wax should penetrate the surface of the ski, not sit on top of it. Remove wax from the edges with the dish scrubber.
  • Step 8: Brush and repeat Brush the ski with the other nylon brush until it shines. Repeat the process with the other ski.
  • FACT: The world's fastest skier, Italian Simone Origone, was clocked at 156 miles per hour in 2006.

You Will Need

  • A heavy rubber band
  • Two vises
  • A ski scraper
  • Two nylon ski brushes
  • A clean cloth
  • Ski wax
  • Waxing iron or regular iron
  • A plastic dish scrubber

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