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Smooth ski bases for gliding down the slopes

Ski Wax Application

Ski bases. Skiers tend to forget about it until they get stuck in the snow and can’t get off that spot. Your skis should have flawless ski bases to ensure they’re ready for a smooth, successful tour. This means that maintaining your ski base is super important, just as snow is for winter. But what exactly is a ski base? What if it gets scratched? How do you repair a ski base?

What is a ski base?

Winter athletes generally regard the ski base as the surface underneath the ski wax. A good ski base is durable, smooth, and provides a good adhesive surface for the wax. As for its material, it's either made of extruded or sintered polyethylene. Extruded polyethylene is somewhat softer, which makes it more vulnerable to damages, while the sintered polyethylene is harder and can absorb wax more easily.

What if the ski base is damaged?

Don’t throw in the towel - or your skis - if you notice your ski bases are scratched or damaged. When damaged, just bring it in to your local shop or repair them yourself with the help of a repair candle. Here’s how to go about it: use a wax remover to clear the ski base from the wax and clean it with a brush afterwards. When you’re finished, light the candle and let the wax drip on the damaged surface. Let the wax harden, grind down the excess wax, and you’re good to go!

Ski bases require good and regular care. The fine pores in the ski base should constantly be filled with wax, otherwise the ski base can lose its gliding properties. All you’ll need is a ski wax and a wax iron. However, if you don’t have a wax iron, you can also use a regular iron. In addition, you should use special brushes with the right brush attachments to apply the wax. If you’d like, you can additionally treat the ski base with a structure roller to considerably improve its gliding properties.

In order to keep the ski bases as smooth as on day one, look for tools like waxing units, brushes, repair candles, wax removers, and structure roller sets from brands, such as Toko and Swix.

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