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Should I get my new skis waxed before skiing?

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So many experts here saying don't bother, why bother...what a lot of bother.

Ironically there actually IS a real Expert (spyderjon)...but you don't want to listen to him do you?

I would always wax (more than one coat) and retune the edges, it is a hassle, but worth the effort.
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My last 2 or 3 new pairs of skis went in Jon's hotbox to great effect. The ski manufacturering gentleman I skied with occasionally confirmed that new skis are only waxed to keep them in good order for storage and shipping. The sort of wax you might apply as part of a hot scrape, but not Zardoz or the like.
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Surely this is, to a certain extent, a "what level" discussion? As in, there's a world of difference between race prepared skis and those used by leisure skiers.

I've bought 2 pairs of new skis and neither had a pre-ski service, I skied them off-the-shelf and was very happy - I assumed they were adequately prepared for skiing pistes, and tbh couldn't tell any difference between them and freshly waxed rentals (Obergurgl; probs a good standard), the changing conditions/temps each day make more of a difference in their ability to glide over the snow.

My skies go as fast as I want them to, even after a week, and I guess I put them in for a service (15 euros?) every 40-50 hours (between Jan to March, we are away for the season) of skiing...

Ok...cut to the chase - is skiing on fresh from the shop but otherwise not treated skis detrimental to the ski?
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@Scamper, If it's only had a thin storage wax coat you 'could' end up with fuzzy bases after a week which will always tend to make the ski a little slower and more grabby in sticky snow conditions until you get a base grind. A lot depends on what the snow is like that you ski them on.


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@Scarpa, Thanks for the reply - I think with my first ones they must have been adequately prepared (Atomics , bought from Decathlon) as they never needed a base grind as far as I know...tbh, I just stuck them in whatever shop was handy and trusted the people to do what was right.
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I always edge and wax skis when they're new.
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@Scamper, You'd only really need a full grind if your bases were scratched to hell or very grey and fuzzy. My all mountain ski bases are pretty scratched up and at some point I'll probably get them ground for the second time, they are about 9 years old and have had a lot of hard use.
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Scarpa wrote:
You'd only really need a full grind if your..... very grey and fuzzy.


Shiite. I need to get meself booked in!

Wonder if they can do the skis while I'm there.
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Scarpa wrote:
You'd only really need a full grind if your..... very grey and fuzzy.


Shiite. I need to get meself booked in!

Wonder if they can do the skis while I'm there.
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@Mosha Marc, I am now trying to get the image of you pole dancing on stage out of my delicate flower like mind Shocked Shock Laughing
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