Waxing for Artificial Snow

Artificial snow has a different makeup than natural snow and requires a slightly different approach to waxing. Artificial snow is a solid triangular block of ice and tends to be more abrasive than natural snow. Artificial snow can also vary from a fine new blown snow crystal to large abrasive transformed “icy” snow crystal. In either case the Artificial snow is more abrasive than natural snow.

Ski Flex and Structure The ski flex and structure for artificial snow are the most difficult to predict and are dependent on the tilling, grooming, and the amount of traffic on the trail (generally high). You will need to test ski flex and structure at the site for optimal performance. For most conditions Fast Wax recommends a moderate to soft ski flex with a little more structure than normal. A universal grind works well or for more humid conditions use the Finite Structure Tool or Equivalent CP-17 Right-Left Swivel pattern or a light 0.3 mm broken pattern, either will work.

Glide Wax Fast Wax recommends using a glide wax one temperature range colder than indicated for the conditions. It is advisable to wax more frequently as artificial snow tends to wear the wax and bases faster than normal. A good combination is a harder base layer than the top layer here is an example for 20 F conditions: Base Layer 1 to 2 layers HS 10 Teal or HSLF 10 Green Top Layer HSLF 20 Blue or HSF 20 Tan Top Coat with Flite Cold or Race Pro Cold

Grip Wax (There are several new artificial snow grip wax combinations on the market here are some suggestions)Grip wax will vary a little more depending on the how transitioned the snow is and how often the trail was groomed. For finer new blown artificial snow most hard waxes will work well with an ironed in binder. Use fluoro grip waxes here, Rex Pro Grip or Rode Fast fluoro waxes. When the snow has transitioned and is below freezing, iron in a binder and go to one of the artificial snow waxes. Rex TK 18, cover with a fluoro hard wax. Rex Pro Grip, Rode Fast fluoro waxes. When the snow has transitioned and is at or above freezing, iron in a klister binder and add a fluoro hard wax or universal klister as the grip wax. Here are some recommended options, then if necessary cover with a fluoro top coat. Iron in a Blue Klister and top coat with a Mulitgrade Klister or Rex Gold Klister. Cover with a fluoro top coat to prevent icing, for example Rex Hydrex. For icy conditions use a Blue Klister binder and top coat with Rex OV ice klister or Rex Gold Klister.

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