What To Put in Your XC Ski Wax Kit

So, you're new to the awesomely fun sport of cross-country skiing. You've purchased a pair of skis, boots, bindings, and poles. You've checked our our tutorials on kick and glide waxing skis and the next step is to figure out just what you need to get started waxing skis. While each skier has different opinions over what needs to be in a wax kit, below is what we recommend. We like to keep things simple! For glide wax: [caption id="attachment_3648" align="aligncenter" width="584"] The basic glide wax kit. It doesn't have to be fancy, or expensive![/caption] An iron A ski bench…

How To Apply Kick Wax

Our cross-country ski series continues today. Last week we discussed how to select ski's and the difference between a waxless ski base and a traditional waxable ski base. We also discussed how to find your kick zone if you chose to go with a waxable ski. For those of you who prefer a waxable ski today we're talking kick wax. Kick wax is important because when we transfer our weight while skiing, our ski is pushed down and our kick zone very briefly touches the snow. As a result we need a nice pocket of wax in our kick zone to…

How To Find Your Kick Zone

Kick zone? What's that? Well, if you're new to the sport of cross-country skiing today's blog post is all about the kick zone. The kick zone is the part of your ski under the binding and forward of the binding where you apply wax so that the ski grips the snow allowing you to move forward without sliding backwards. Sounds simple, right? For beginning skiers we recommend a good waxless touring ski, so you don't have to mess with kick wax. But, let's be honest some of us prefer to apply kick wax. Here's a short 25-second video tutorial on how to…