If you are reading this page, and you actually wax your skis, then congratulations, you are among the 3-4% of skiers that care enough about their skis
performance to actually do something about it.
Wax is a hydrocarbon material that is put on the bottom of a pair of skis
to lubricate the interface between the ski
and the snow.
The main reason to keep wax on p-tex
is to keep it porous to wax. Without it, it starts to oxidize and its amorphous (wax absorbing) regions crystallize. With a modern sintered base
about half of the surface area can accept wax, so, by adding more wax, you keep it that way.
Wax gives you the ability to glide faster, turn easier all while protecting the base
of your skis.
Even if you don't wish to travel
very quickly, wax can still help you. First of all, a good wax makes it easier to turn, and thus control your speed. Second, by reducing the friction your skis
have against the snow, it makes it much easier to pole around the lifts, or to get going anytime you come to a flat spot.Full Article