Did you know that HoliMont posts the snow temperature just about every morning. Knowing the snow temperature is the key to choosing the right wax. The right wax will keep you sliding on snow no matter what the conditions.
ALL TEMPERATURE WAX
This is the most widely used wax on the market. One wax that does OK in most conditions. Most shops will use this for their standard tune-ups unless you ask for temperature or condition specific wax. All temperature waxes are usually yellow or green.
COLD TEMP WAX
Typically these waxes will be blue or white in color. Cold weather waxes are hard and take a hotter iron to melt. Once properly applied, cold wax will break the tips of of the cold snow crystals and cause friction. The friction melts the very top layer of snow and that thin layer of water is what’s needed to slide. Ever wonder what makes the snow sound like Styrofoam under your boards on a cold day? That’s the sharp frozen crystals sticking to the base of your skis because it’s too cold to melt snow.
WARM TEMP WAX
Once the snow starts to melt or the temperatures get warm, you need a different wax again. Softer waxes will form small channels on the on base or a “structure” allowing water to flow from tip to tail or out the sides for increased glide. Warm waxes are usually red or pink.