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    How to Maintain Waxless Skis (part 3)

    January 7, 2009
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    How  to maintain the kick-zone on a waxless ski: A simple guide to cleaning, repairing, and waxing

    waxlesszoneNow what about the kick-zone on a waxless ski?  Many articles have been written with the assumption that if you use waxless skis, then you probably are not a competitive enough skier to be concerned with drag caused by a scratched up, un-waxed kick-zone.  As such, most articles avoid treatment of how to maintain the kick-zone.

    But maintaining the kick-zone is the single most important factor to avoid picking up clumps in warm weather on a waxless ski.  Here's a simple way to do it:  First, remove the coarse edges from scratches and gouges by lightly spot sanding with a small piece of 150 or 200 grit sandpaper, but do so sparingly, and do not round over the gripping edges of the fishscales.  Often, a scratch will leave a ribbon of plastic that is only half connected to the base.  Carefully remove this loose plastic with a small putty knife if the sandpaper does not do the job.  Follow up each spot with 400 grit sandpaper, and then move to minor scratches with the 400 grit.  Never sand across the width of kick zone!  Only sand back and forth along the length of the ski.

    waxkickAfter you have sufficiently removed the raised portion of the scratches, clean the kick-zone with ski cleaner or alcohol.  Once dry, take a bar of glide wax, and rub the flattest, smoothest side down the length of the ski, from the tip end to the tail end (in the kick-zone only).  Do not rub the opposite direction as wax will fill in the gripping fishscale edges!  Do this many times, adjusting the rubbing direction by 10 degrees to each side, to help fill all surface voids while leaving the grip edge clean of wax.  The layering of wax will appear thin and dull.  Finally, use your palm and vigorously rub the waxless kick-zone to warm the wax and smooth it into the base material. If the wax has a high melting point that doesn't soften with your hand, gently warm the wax with a hair drier, and then continue rubbing with your palm.  Now your ski will stop picking up clumps of snow and ice, and will glide much more smoothly in a variety of conditions.
    --AK

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    Cross Country Ski Equipment and Gear

    January 14, 2009

    Cross Country Ski Equipment and GearHow to Choose the Right Skis discusses your options for cross country skis, boots, and bindings. Includes our sizing... read more

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    How to Maintain Waxless Skis (part 2)

    January 2, 2009

    How to Maintain Waxless Skis (Part 2)<< Go Back to Part 1<<      >>Skip To Part 3 >>How to prepare the ski and apply... read more

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    Skiers' Health and Fitness

    January 1, 2009

    The Health Benefits of Cross Country Skiing Explores the reasons that Nordic skiing is the best all around form of exercise. Includes a chart of calories... read more

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    How to Maintain Waxless Skis (part 1)

    December 16, 2008

    Why (and where) you need to wax your waxless skis: A brief explanation of friction, suction, wax and structure>>Skip To Part 2:  How to prepare... read more

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    People and Places of XC Skiing

    November 29, 2008

    Hills, Forests & Fields of France Park  a look at one of Indiana's best rural ski areas.  Deer, turkey, eagles and osprey --all a... read more

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    How to Choose the Right Skis

    November 16, 2008

    How to Choose the Right Skis, Bindings, Boots & PolesThe equipment you choose for cross country skiing depends on how and where you intend to ski.  ... read more

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    The Health Benefits of Cross Country Skiing

    July 6, 2008

    The low-impact, total body workout of Nordic Skiing has numerous health benefitsIt's the ultimate cardio exercise, the number one calorie burner, provide... read more

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    Hills, Forests, and Fields of France Park

    January 9, 2008

    A look at one of Indiana's most beautiful rural ski areas.  Deer, turkey, eagles and osprey --all a common site at this park located in the... read more

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    Pre-Season Conditioning (part 3)

    December 15, 2007

    ← Back To Part 2Up to Part 1 ↑Part 3: Toning your Muscles for Increased EnduranceYou are an active person. But the busy-ness of summer seldom gives... read more

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    Pre-Season Conditioning (part 2)

    November 30, 2007

    ← Back To Part 1Skip to Part 3 →Part 2: Improving Your Balance and StabilityRemember the first time you put on a pair of cross country skis and... read more

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    Pre-Season Conditioning (part 1)

    November 12, 2007

    Part 1: Stretching to improve flexibilitySkip to Part 2 → Cross Country Ski Season is right around the corner. The chill in the air all of a sudden... read more

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