UTA_flyinghigh
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How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Tue Jan 20, 2004 7:59 pm

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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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Tue Jan 20, 2004 8:04 pm

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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Tue Jan 20, 2004 8:14 pm

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

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zak
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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Tue Jan 20, 2004 8:26 pm

its called wax, and the local ski stores should have no problem applying it for you for a small service fee!  Smile
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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Tue Jan 20, 2004 8:28 pm

.. 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
 
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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Tue Jan 20, 2004 8:37 pm

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 ?)

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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:53 pm

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.

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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Tue Jan 20, 2004 10:06 pm

Easy, stop skiing like a snow plow and go down black slopes instead of blue! Big grin
 
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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:31 am

Perhaps putting a better skier on them helps

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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:59 am

Two words: Jet Pack!  Wow!
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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:17 am

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.

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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:26 am

"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.
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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:52 am

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.


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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Wed Jan 21, 2004 3:05 am

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.

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oh, and if you fall in one of those, don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:15 pm

mount several Estes rocket engines to your skis.

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

Hang on.

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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Thu Jan 22, 2004 3:05 pm

find a steeper mountain.


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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Fri Jan 23, 2004 6:40 pm

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.


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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Fri Jan 23, 2004 10:15 pm

"...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.

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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Fri Jan 23, 2004 10:42 pm

Are you saying I'm fat?

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CanadianNorth
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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Sun Jan 25, 2004 2:23 pm

How Do You Make Your Skis Go Faster?

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




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vafi88
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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Sun Jan 25, 2004 3:36 pm

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...
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RE: How Do I Make My Skis Go Faster?

Sun Jan 25, 2004 3:38 pm

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

 Big thumbs up

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