UTa_FLYinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 47 Posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6630 times:
I shall (les Eaux) resume skiing when I go back to Elbonia next month, however, being relatively light, I am disadvantaged when skiing with hevyweights like 707cmf. So does naybody know any tricks to reduce friction between my skis and the snow ?
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NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6578 times:
Bzzzzt. You guys are all wrong. Zak was close back in reply 3, but his reply was missing a lot of information.
Wax alone will not help. If you use the wrong wax, you will go slower than if you had not applied any wax at all. The key to speed is choosing the right wax for the snow temperature. It is deep winter, so you should use a "hard" wax for cold snow temperatures. If it warms up, choose a softer wax.
Oh, and you'll never get it exactly right, unless you get lucky. Back when I was a lot more into skiing than I am now, I used to experiment with mixing different hardnesses to attain maximum speed. I got close, but it really is a science, and choosing the right wax is something that keeps the World Cup ski techs guessing. But close is good, and I spent many a ski-day as a speed freak--it was as if my skis had a mind of their own, and they wanted to go straight downhill as fast as possible.
Also, freshly waxed skis are almost always slow, unless you've done a really good job of scraping and polishing with cork. Otherwise it takes a few runs for the friction of skis running over snow to polish the bases.
Unfortunately, the only way you can have absolute control over the wax hardness is if you wax them yourself (as I used to do), but I guess you could request that they use racing wax instead of the all purpose stuff that the ski shops tend to use.
Zak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6575 times:
"Wax alone will not help. If you use the wrong wax, you will go slower than if you had not applied any wax at all. The key to speed is choosing the right wax for the snow temperature. It is deep winter, so you should use a "hard" wax for cold snow temperatures. If it warms up, choose a softer wax."
guess why i said to go bring em to the ski store. they know what works usually best in ther location.
btw, when in elbonia, make sure to take a ride to chamonix and do the vallee blanche from aguille du midi. but incase you are not very experienced in a glacial enviroment, it is recommended to take a mountain guide for it. it is simply the best skiing experience on earth. and if you do, make sure to take a bit of food. it is a very long descent, and nothing beats a picnic within this sensational enviroment.
BNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3208 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6504 times:
Or a bigger mountain, so by the time you are near the bottom you are going really fast.
Spend more time practising.
If you want to beat 707CMF, just run in to him and he won't be going very fast at all.