Waxing your skis isn’t hard and there is just something therapeutic about laying down a fresh layer of wax while blasting tunes in the background. Waxing protects your skis, enhances ski snow interaction, and improves overall glide. Here is a step-by-step guide for you to become your own wax master. Winter is upon us, time to wax on.

How to wax your skis
Swix Helum Vise
  1. Retract your ski brakes with a heavy rubber band (brakes should be in same position they would be in if your boot was in binding) and secure middle of ski in vice facing upside down (base upward). Remember to always work in well ventilated space.
  2. Scrap off any existing wax and use a nylon ski brush to remove excess residue. Then use towel to buff down ski tip to tail. Some people use alcohol and others choose to apply base cleaner in order to remove any additional dust and debris. If you do use a base cleaner, allow the ski to dry thoroughly afterwards before beginning waxing.
  3. Choose the right wax! Most waxes are temperature specific, meaning you need to know the type of skiing you will be doing. Temperature should be lower for softer/warmer wax and higher for harder/colder wax. However if you are wanting a quick fix you can also use a universal wax, which will not be as high performance but will work in a variety of temperatures. Look at packaging before purchasing, not all waxes are the same!
  4. Fire up your iron. You want the iron to be hot enough to melt the wax, but not so hot that it causes damage to ski or burns wax. Tip *if wax smokes, stop. This indicates that your iron is too hot.


    Swix T77 Waxing Iron
    Swix T77 Waxing Iron


  5. Hold iron about 6″ above ski and touch wax directly to hot iron surface. Allow wax to drip in a zigzag pattern directly onto ski base. Don’t stop in one place too long, keep moving.
  6. Gently move iron back and forth along length of ski, ironing wax drops into ski. Spread wax evenly across entirety of ski. Apply additional wax if needed. Ski should be covered in thin layer of wax.
  7. Allow wax to cool for up to 25 min
  8. Pick up your wax scraper and remove excess wax. Always use plastic scraper instead of metal, which can damage ski base. Firmly press into ski as you scrap. When done ski should be free of visible wax. Use the small notch tool in scraper to get wax off of the skis edges. Brush ski tip to tail to buff out wax job.

Done, waxed and ready.

Tools List:

  • Vise
  • Wax table
  • heavy duty Rubber Band
  • Rubbing alcohol / base cleaner
  • Waxing iron
  • hot wax
  • Plastic scraper with notch in it
  • Brush
  • clean towel