Do New Skis Need to be Waxed? Here’s What You Need to Know!

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So, you’ve just got yourself some shiny new skis—awesome! Now, you might wonder if they need special treatment before hitting the slopes. Let’s talk about it. Ski maintenance is crucial for keeping your gear in top shape, and there’s a bit of confusion about whether new skis need to be waxed. Some folks think new skis are good to go right out of the box, but let’s clear up that misconception. Trust me, a little prep work can make a big difference in your skiing experience.

New skis generally come with a light dry factory-applied wax but it’s not efficient enough and doesn’t last long enough. Thus for improved slide, control, and base protection, applying a fresh layer of hand wax before use is recommended. Hand waxing ensures better and longer-lasting results.

So basically, most new skis do come with wax but should you get your skis waxed once again? will I recommend it? definitely yes!

Take them to a good shop and get them waxed. I see many people recommend trying to ski once without extra wax applied and then getting them waxed after a week or two of skiing. I slightly disagree with this ideology!

As If you haven’t skied much, you might not notice the difference between a well-tuned ski and one that isn’t. From my experience and observing others, a bad tune or base prep often leads people to blame the ski or themselves. It’s fine to ski on something first to get a feel for it, but most recreational skiers can’t easily tell the difference between a good and bad tune.

But just make sure to take them to a *GOOD shop (not just any old generic store), as it will ensure that your skis are properly tuned, removing that variable from how you experience your new skis.

When you take your skis in to get waxed, ask them to check the trueness of the base. Some skis arrive base-high or railed (with edges higher), which can make your skis jittery or feel “stuck” to the snow. If they notice any irregularities in the base, they can grind them out. This issue is more prevalent in some brands than others. For example, every Volkl pair I’ve seen is railed enough from the factory to notice a difference when skiing.

Do k2/Rossignol skis come waxed?

Almost all skis that are shipped from factories come with a light wax applied to the base to make sure the base doesn’t dry out and get damaged till the time the ski reaches you. But still, it is best to get them waxed once again to speed them up a bit.

Now let’s learn more about ski waxing, the wax you’re gonna apply, and the proper preparation of your new babies >_< as it is super important to take good care of your loved ones.

What is Ski Waxing?

Ski waxing is like giving your skis a special treatment to help them glide smoothly over the snow. Think of it as putting lotion on your skin to keep it from drying out. It makes your skis faster and easier to control.

Types of Ski Wax

Glide Wax: This wax helps your skis move smoothly and quickly over the snow.

Grip Wax: This wax gives you better control and grip, especially useful for cross-country skiing.

Benefits of Waxing Skis

Improved Glide and Speed: Waxing your skis makes them glide over the snow more smoothly. This means you’ll go faster with less effort. It’s like having a smoother road to drive on – you can move quicker and easier.

Enhanced Control and Maneuverability: With freshly waxed skis, you have better control and can turn more easily. This is especially important when navigating tricky slopes or tight turns. Imagine having better tires on your car; it makes steering much more responsive.

Protection of the Ski Base from Damage and Drying Out: Waxing acts as a protective layer for the base of your skis. It prevents them from getting scratched or damaged by rough snow and ice. Additionally, it keeps the base from drying out and becoming brittle, which can prolong the life of your skis.

How to Know that The Skis Need Waxing

Check your skis visually and by touch, and do a quick test run to see if they glide smoothly or need waxing.

Inspection and Feel

Visual Inspection of the Ski Base: Take a close look at the bottom of your skis. If they look dry or have white, chalky spots, they probably need waxing.

Touch and Texture: Run your hand along the base. If it feels rough or dry instead of smooth and slick, it’s time for some wax.

Test Run

Short Test Run: Take your new skis out for a quick spin. Pay attention to how they feel in the snow.

Indicators That Waxing is Needed: If your skis are sticking or not gliding smoothly, it’s a sign they need waxing. Another clue is if you feel like you’re working harder to move.

How to Wax New SKis

The easiest and the best way to wax your new skis is to get them waxed by a professional, take those new beauties to a good shop, and get the job done.

The other way is to wax them on your own, which honestly, I won’t recommend as first of all, those beauties are brand new and I also assume you to be new to the skiing world as well. Anyway it is still an option, you can watch the following video where Karl has explained all the steps of waxing in a very crystal and clear manner for beginners only! so yeah, do check that out!

If you’re getting your skis waxed from a good shop, I would still recommend you to watch the video so that you actually understand the process of waxing and maybe you know point out to the shopkeeper professional that the work done was not good and needs improvement at a particular place.

Maintenance Tips for New Skis

Regular Waxing Schedule

  • Recommended Frequency: Wax your skis every 4-6 uses, or more often if skiing in abrasive conditions.
  • Signs That It’s Time to Wax Again: Noticeable slowing down, dry or white patches on the base, and less control.

Additional Care Tips

  • Storing Skis Properly: Keep them in a cool, dry place, and avoid direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
  • Keeping the Edges Sharp: Regularly check and sharpen the edges to ensure better control and performance.
  • Checking for Damage After Each Use: Inspect for any scratches, cracks, or other damage and address them promptly.

How to Prepare Your New Skis

Preparing your new skis properly sets the stage for a great skiing experience. Here’s how to do it step-by-step:

  1. Inspect Your Skis: Check for any visible defects or damage. Inspect the edges, base, and bindings.
  2. Remove Factory Stickers and Labels:Peel off any stickers or labels that might interfere with waxing or skiing.
  3. Clean the Skis: Wipe down the skis with a soft cloth or ski-specific cleaning wipe to remove any dirt, dust, or residue.
  4. Check and Adjust Bindings: Ensure that the bindings are properly adjusted according to your ski boot size and specifications. If unsure, seek professional assistance.
  5. Waxing Your Skis:
    • Choosing the Right Wax: Select a wax appropriate for the snow conditions (temperature and moisture).
    • Hot Wax Method: Melt the wax onto the base of the skis using a waxing iron. Spread evenly and let it cool.
    • Alternative Methods: Rub-on or spray wax can be quicker options but may not last as long.
  6. Scrape and Brush the Skis: Once the wax has cooled, scrape off the excess wax using a plastic scraper. Brush the base with a ski brush to remove remaining wax particles and achieve a smooth finish.
  7. Edge Maintenance: Check and, if necessary, sharpen the edges of your skis using an edge tool. This enhances grip and maneuverability on the slopes.
  8. Storage: Store your skis in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture. Use ski straps or a bag to protect them from scratches and damage.
  9. Final Check: Double-check that everything is secure and properly prepared before hitting the slopes.

By following these steps, you’ll ensure that your new skis are in good condition for maximum performance and enjoyment on your next skiing adventure. Happy skiing!


How often should I wax my new skis? : Wax your new skis every 4-6 days of skiing for optimal performance.

Can I use universal wax for all conditions? : Yes, universal wax works for most conditions, but specialized waxes offer better performance in specific weather.

What happens if I don’t wax my new skis? : Without waxing, skis can become dry, slow, and harder to control.

Is it difficult to wax skis myself? : No, waxing skis yourself is straightforward with the right tools and practice.

Got any other questions or need more info? Drop a comment and I’ll help you out!

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