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How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?  
User currently offlineUTa_FLYinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5579 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 ?

UTA


Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5578 times:

er...



707


User currently offlineUTa_FLYinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5576 times:

I think Bagheera is way too nice a cat - I would have scratched you so badly  Laugh out loud

UTA



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5573 times:

its called wax, and the local ski stores should have no problem applying it for you for a small service fee!  Smile


10=2
User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5572 times:

.. and perhaps the same ski shop will be happy to supply you with a longer pair of skis.

Oh, and quit the plough technique - then you will go faster  Laugh out loud


User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5568 times:

Anyway, since you are lighter than me, there should be less friction between your skis and the snow !

Will you care for half a day a ski at Margeriaz then ? (and where are your skis ?)

707


User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5556 times:

Pizza, French-fry, pizza, French-fry...

Yea, if you French fry instead of pizza it's going to lead to a bad time, okay?  Smile

But seriously, get both of them waxed and re-sharpened.

-174th


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5552 times:

Easy, stop skiing like a snow plow and go down black slopes instead of blue! Big grin

User currently offlineKEESJE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5539 times:

Perhaps putting a better skier on them helps

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5532 times:

Two words: Jet Pack!  Wow!

User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5527 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.

-Normal


User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5524 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.



10=2
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

Point them DOWN the hill.

I know. It took me several seasons to learn that, but it really works.

Longer, wider boards, well maintained, waxed up. If that doesn't do it, take up skydiving.





Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineMILESAR From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5515 times:

Skin-suit.........

wear one, feel naked, get chicks, go fast.

wore one for the first time a few weeks back for a race, feels weird but woah do you go fast. Not much of a fashion statement though.

Cheers,
MILESAR

oh, and if you fall in one of those, don't plan on stopping anytime soon.



'flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes'
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5479 times:

mount several Estes rocket engines to your skis.

Hope the ejection charge at the end doesn't blow them up.

Hang on.

DLKAPA


User currently offlineBlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1922 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 5470 times:

find a steeper mountain.


George



They're not handing trophies out today
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3189 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5453 times:

1.
Or a bigger mountain, so by the time you are near the bottom you are going really fast.
2.
Spend more time practising.
3.
If you want to beat 707CMF, just run in to him and he won't be going very fast at all.





Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5448 times:

"...guess why i said to go bring em to the ski store. they know what works usually best in ther locationl."

Snow temperature, and therefore correct wax hardness, varies from day to day and hour to hour. The best wax for the morning is not necessarily the best wax for the afternoon.

-Normal


User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5445 times:

Are you saying I'm fat?

Signed,
707CMF


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3395 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5434 times:

How Do You Make Your Skis Go Faster?

You strap on a seat n an engine. Its called a Snowmobile in these parts.




CanadianNorth



What could possibly go wrong?
User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days ago) and read 5430 times:

Use the French fry method! (174th)

or, while 707CMF isn't looking, go apply some sand paper to the bottom of his skis and then see what happens...



I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days ago) and read 5428 times:

Tell him you are "waxing" his skis, but then mix sawdust with the wax.

 Big thumbs up

DLKAPA


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