/ ski newbie wax query
Have slowly built up the kit, will be taking some lessons at a dry ski slope ( on alpine kit) im planning on using the slope to practice free heel turns using my own skis, should I get them waxed first or not until I use em on snow? Will the dry slope strip em of wax & they'll need waxing again?
For dry slope use I'd personally wax them with a really hard (cold temperature) wax, more for base protection than anything else. Although if you do that you'll want to have them re-waxed with something more sensible for real snow otherwise you won't be going anywhere fast...
I wouldn't use Nordic's on a dry slope but if you really must keep your hands up out of the way when you fall.
I learned to ski on nordic skis going along mostly gently-sloped walking trails in the hills. First time on downhill skis I was absolutely amazed how easily they turned and how much control I had compared to the nordic skis.
Have fun anyway,
From experience, a number of things make me suggest that it's not a great idea:- ski bases melting from friction (seen it), it's easier to damage less-durable skinny skis; edges and bases getting ripped apart by loose wires.
As an actual representation of the nordic movements, the snatching from 'dry spots' on the mats is a major distraction...especially when freeheels provide less opportunity to recover from potential face falls!
Might be worth finding an indoor snowslope which will offer a more-realistic opportunity to practise those swooping telemark turns on nordic kit...
This is an idea of how to practise it...
What do you mean by Nordics? If you mean XC gear http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8ya4lurZc0 then yes, it helps a lot particularly if you can't tele well and you have strong boots/skis.
I haven't used classic grip waxes on my XC skis for years because I use Start grip tape: http://www.startskiwax.com/en/skiwaxes/kick-waxes/grip-tape/product/491/start-grip-tape So much less hassle than arsing about with wax and corks everytime you go out!
But I have some grip tape which I really must try using this winter, as its been in my box of waxing stuff for a while - its the instructions to sandpaper my skis that have put me off, is that really necessary ?
A dry slope will strip the base off the skis.
After a (relatively short) while you wear away the base marterial next to the edge, leavig the metal edge standing proud of the base.
You could help this by liberally applying LOTS of very HARD wax, I wouldn't even scrape off the excess the way you would normally.
defo better taking a trip to an indoor snowslope, even then apply lots of hard wax as the artificial snow is very abraisive (tho nowhere near dryslope).
I don't know how well you can ski, but it may be better to save your own expensive kit, and just hire skis at the slope and practise untill you are very good at sking in general.....
They are asnes mountain extreme backcountry skis 195cm long 65mm-55-60
Metal edged waxing skis fitted with riva bindings & the boots are garmont excursion.
If I only had one pair of skis I wouldn't take them to a dry slope
A couple of posts here from a friend's blog - an Irish guy living in Sweden:
The first is a trip where they were using 'touring' (i.e. edged XC skis). The guy with the skins was keeping them on to go down hill, the other guy was bum sliding! After that experience I know Tomas decided the answer was to throw money at the issue and got really great modern alpine touring gear. The second post is how quickly he went from getting some basic lesson on downhill skiing to doing some really exciting ascents and descents in the Norwegian/Swedish arctic mountains.
I've done some touring on gear a bit like you have in Scotland - no reason why you can't do it, but I think you might find the downhill, which should of course be the 'reward', actually being quite difficult. Have fun but take it easy.
But plastic boots makes it easier, and wider, more shapely skis even easier although I guess I'll never ski like the dudes in the rad vids :-(
Mainly Rolling terrain, but with the ability to get down steeper sections safely.
I only paid £20 for the skis & the rest of the kit was very cheap.
If it goes well this season, than I May upgrade to better skis next winter, something like the Fischer s bound range.
Ps grammar police, sorry about the spelling,but its hard using a smart fone keypad with sausage fingers ;-)
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