How to Wax Skis or a Snowboard

  • A man holds a bar of wax to an iron, allowing the wax to drip onto a pair of skis.
Waxing your skis or snowboard will not only make them last longer, it will also make your runs more fun as you’ll move faster and glide more smoothly.

The first step is to choose a type of wax. If you want to keep it simple, choose a universal wax that works for all temperatures. If you’re willing to put in a bit more effort for better performance, then choose a wax specifically for the temperatures you’re expecting (with the realization that you will have to change your wax as temperatures change.)

Next, prepare your surface by applying a base cleaner. Wait until the base is completely dry before proceeding.

Once your skis or snowboard is dry, take a closer look. If they look particularly smooth, you can use a brass brush to create a slightly rougher surface. Doing so will allow the skis to absorb more wax.

You’ll need an iron for the next step. Hold the iron with the tip pointing down and touch the wax to it until it begins to drip. Allow the wax to drip along the entire length of your skis or snowboard, making sure most of the surface is covered with wax.

Use your iron to gently spread the wax out evenly across your equipment. Be sure to keep the iron constantly moving to make sure you don’t overheat any particular area.

Let your equipment cool, then use a wax scraper to gently get rid of excess wax. Also scrape wax off the edges of your skis or snowboard.

Finally, use a soft nylon brush to brush your skis from the tip to the tail for about five minutes. This last step will leave your equipment with just a fine layer of wax.

Tips for Waxing Skis or Snowboards

You may be tempted to skip the iron and simply use a paste wax, which is basically just rubbed onto skis without the benefit of an iron. While this step can extend the life of a proper waxing (with an iron), it does not replace it.

Speaking of irons, many people wonder if it’s necessary to buy one designed specifically for waxing skis or snowboards. It’s true that any iron will work, but waxing irons are specifically designed for the lower temperatures required to wax skis or snowboards. That means you won’t be second-guessing if you should iron your skis on a “linen” or “cottons” setting.

Also, keep in mind that if you choose to use a regular iron, it’ll be hard to get all of the wax off of it, so you likely won’t be able to use it to iron clothing anymore.

How Often to Wax Skis or a Snowboard

There are quite a few factors to consider when deciding how often to wax your equipment.

For starters, you should always wax your skis at the start of the season. After that, the answer depends on the conditions you’re skiing in, as well as how “fast” you like your skis or snowboard to feel.

If the snow is light and powdery, you could make it two weeks on the slopes without needing to apply more wax. But if the snow is icy or you’re skiing over tree roots or other hard objects, you may need to wax after every outing.

One easy way to check is to run your hands over your skis. If you can feel the grooves, then it’s time to apply more wax.

Self Storage Units Near You

It’s not just your skis or snowboard that take up space. It’s also your outdoor winter clothing, ski rack, waxing equipment, goggles, gloves, and more.

If you find that your storage space is getting stuffed, consider renting a self storage unit. At StorageMart, we offer clean, well-lit storage units in a variety of sizes—all of which can be rented on a month-to-month basis. Check out our storage unit guide or rent a unit online today.

With self storage, all of your gear will be out of your way, but ready and easy to access whenever you need it.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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