You love skiing, but do you know how to wax skis properly? Waxing your skis is something that you should know if you own a pair. Taking care of your skis is what will make them last longer.

I have put together this guide to help you if you are not sure how you should wax your skis.

What You Will Need

Before you begin, here are the things that you will need: rubbing alcohol, glide wax, brush, snowboard or ski vise, waxing iron, plastic scraper, and a metal file.

Glide wax must be applied to the surfaces of backcountry skis, alpine skis, skating skis, and backcountry skis. You apply it only on the tips for “waxless” or cross- country skis.

You will need to choose the wax to use as your next step. You can choose among universal, fluorocarbon, or rub on wax.

Which Wax Should You Use

Universal wax is used if you use your skis for fun. It is not temperature specific and can be applied regardless of the temperature of the area where you will use your skis.

Fluorocarbons is a type of wax that is used if you need help with gliding. However, this is an expensive type of wax. The more you need to use it, the higher your price tag will be.

Rub on wax is used if you no longer have the time to use a waxing iron to do the job. You can apply this with the use of a sponge, although this is not a recommended substitute for hot wax.

Temperature and Waxes

There are also temperature specific types of wax you can use. These tend to be less expensive, although they only work if the temperature where the skis are exposed to are at a specific range.

The temperature range, however, will be listed on the packaging of the wax. In using this type of wax, you may need to do a bit of experimentation.

Hydrocarbon wax is recommended for those who use their skis for recreation. However, if you use your skis for racing, wax which improves glide may help you.

Preparing Your Skis

Once you have chosen your wax, the next step would be for you to prepare your skis or snowboard. If you are going to wax downhill skis, you will need to depress the pedal first.

Next, secure it in place by tightening the skis’ vise around its middle. Wipe off any dust with a cloth moistened with alcohol.

The alcohol will need to settle on the skis. Therefore, allow about twenty minutes before starting with the waxing.


Use a ski waxing iron to apply the wax onto your skis. The temperature of the iron should complement the wax. The harder the wax, the higher the temperature should be.

Remember never to use a home iron for waxing. This is because home irons tend to fluctuate in temperature. That is not something you want when waxing your skis.

Ensure that the iron is just at the right temperature to melt the wax. It should not be smoking hot.

Get a chunk of the wax and hold it against the iron base. Let it melt on to the ski, moving the wax from the tips to the sides.

Afterwards, put the iron on the base of your ski and use it to spread the wax. Make sure you do not hold it in one place for too long.

Once this is done, give it thirty minutes to an hour to cool down. Do not use it yet as the wax will get pushed up.

Things to Do After Waxing

The next thing you need to do when the wax is dried up is to remove excess wax. Do this using a scraper. You will know when you are done when there are no visible signs of the wax.

The scraper needs to have a ninety degree edge when you scrape. You can use a metal file to flatten your scraper if it is not at that angle yet.

In order to ensure that you will get the best results, do your wax application in a place with excellent ventilation. You will be exposed to heat and vapour so you will need to be in a place with moving air.

Ensuring that you wax your skis properly will help you keep the quality of your skis great for a long period of time. Not only that, it will even help you improve your ski’s performance.