Ski Base Prep + Wax

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Drop your skis off from Friday - Monday and receive your skis the following Friday.

Base Prep Basic: Swix CH10 base wax followed by Swix F4 universal wax (+10o to -10o)

Base Prep Sport: Swix CH10 base wax followed by Swix LFX wax of choice (default LF 7 -2o to -8o)

Base Prep Race: Swix LF10 base wax followed by Swix HFX wax of choice (default LF 7 -2o to -8o)


This service is recommended before the first ski of each season, and before any events like races, the Canadian Ski Marathon or a ski holiday.  The care provided for your skis with these services optimizes your skis base and ensures the wax lasts as long as possible.  The cleaning and base prep outlined below is recommended for every skier at least once per year.

All of the Base Prep Services go through the following process.

Grip Zone Cleaning (For Classic Wax Skis): For classic skis, any kick wax and/or klister residue is removed mechanically and then with a base cleaning solvent (if excess klister remains, a small extra charge may be applied)

Steel Scrape: When warranted, gouges or scratches in the ski base can be flattened by using a steel scraper to smooth out imperfections and reduce drag.

Steel Brushing: A steel bristle brush is used to remove some base oxidation and open the pores to better receive the hot wax applications.

Warm Scrape: A warm temperature wax is applied with an iron. The wax is scraped off and brushed before it has completely cooled.  This removes impurities picked up from the snow like: dirt, diesel exhaust and pine tannins.  It also provides a good base for the saturation wax, making it more durable.

Base Binder Application (For Classic Wax Skis): Swix Base Binder grip wax is ironed into the grip zone.  This provides a good base for future grip wax applications.

Saturation Wax: The final hot wax application is ironed in and left to cool overnight.  This long cooling process ensures the wax has maximum time to sink into the base for maximum durability and the best glide.

Final Polish: Finally, the skis are scraped of excess wax, polished successively with medium bronze, stiff nylon, and soft nylon brushes respectively to bring out the satin shine of a finished set of skis.

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