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IS A SLIDING SPORT":
by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
CSW #13: "Don't wax skis; they would then go too fast."
In alpine skiing, the purpose of waxing is to make skis more slippery. Fortunately, modern skis do not require as much attention to waxing as earlier models but there are still snow conditions where the right wax will make the skis less "sticky" in the snow. Waxing skis will not only make them go faster when pointed downhill but also make them easier to turn. That's our focus here: to make the skis easier to turn. Then we can change the direction they point more readily and position them in ways they won't run as fast. It will also reduce the effort to turn them, saving our legs.
Sometimes on gentle slopes the skis will slide only slowly or not at all. Walking down such hills is obviously not preferred but sometimes is required on poorly maintained skis. Applying wax to the bases may fix the problem and ski instructors often carry some in a pocket.
Too, if you have ski that slides well, you can gather enough momentum skiing down a slope so that you can carry your speed up a rise, saving legs, always a good thing.
IS A SLIDING SPORT"--a skiing web manual:
Skiing Web Manual
Contents Why Read
This Skiing Web Manual That First Skiing Lesson A
Little Skiing History
CONVENTIONAL SKIING WISDOMS
Skier Excuses Fear
Conditioning for Skiing
Equipment and Technique
to Develop Balance on Skis
Turn Simplified The Final Skiing Skill:
pressure management Tactics for Terrains and Snow
Textures and Racing
Skiing Tips and Tales--a potpourri
Exercises for Developing Skiing Skills
Children and Skiing
Age and Skiing
Gender & Skiing Culture
Skiing Ethics and Survival Slope Safety Skiing
Environment Glossary Acknowledgements
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