There is no such thing as a no wax ski.
Many cross country skiers are surprised to find out they need to wax their no wax cross country skis. The problem is with the term no wax. Why does the industry call skis with fish scales, crown patterns, or positrack patterns on the base of the ski “no wax” if you have to wax them? Good question.
The term no wax refers to the fact that you don’t need to use kick wax. The scales and crown patterns replace kick wax with the convenience of skiing your skis in any temperature and not worry about having the wrong kick wax on your skis.
You still need to wax your skis for glide so they slide forward easily as you tour, turn easier as you descend, and prevent the scales from icing up as you ski through sunshine filled meadows (warm snow) into a shadowed forest (cold snow). This will ice up your ski quicker than you can wink if you don’t have wax on your boards…
The easiest maintenance for no wax skis is to use a liquid or paste wax through the length of the ski. These surface waxes are not too durable and you can ski the wax off pretty quickly. Depending on the snow – you may have to apply this wax each time you go out.
Most of these waxes come with a sponge applicator. Be conservative. It’s easy to put on too much too fast. A little of this wax will go a long way. Apply the wax from the tip to the tail through the no wax pattern. Let the wax air dry for a few minutes and then buff it with a clean cloth to increase the durability. You’re all set to go ski. Easy.
Another thing to keep in mind is to occasionally clean your ski’s base with a citrus ski base cleaner. Snow can get pretty dirty throughout a winter. As you ski each day this dirt gets pressed into the structure of your ski base slowing it down. You can’t see it. You don’t even know it’s there but it sure can muck up and slow down your skis.
Apply the base cleaner on the length of your ski and use either a clean cloth or fiberlene to wipe up the grunge. It’s shocking how much muck comes off the ski onto your cloth – especially if you haven’t done this before.
That’s it. Clean your ski bases occasionally. Hot wax the tips and tails of your skis occasionally. Use either a liquid or paste surface wax frequently. Your “No Wax” skis will appreciate it and you will too… cross country skiing through paradise!