STEP BY STEP GUIDE (Page 1 of 2)

This page provides a guide to waxing and caring for your skis or snowboard at home. It details prepare your skis or snowboard for waxing, how to apply hotwax and how to remove the wax so you are ready to hit the slopes.

Before Getting Started

I recommend that you use a universal wax as the primary wax since it has a wide range of temperature applications. This means that it will work in all snow conditions, both warm and cold snow. In this way you will have a general purpose base coat that if necessary you can always re-coat with a specific temperature wax such as a fluorowax.

Highly flourinated waxes as the second coat help with swing and speed, but wear down faster than universal wax. Hence having a good universal base coat is essential.


1. Make sure you purchase the proper equipment (or the equivalent):

  • waxing iron (a simple cheap electric iron will do for this. Just don't expect it to be useful for ironing clothes ever again. This means do not use your mothers ultraglide super expensive iron - you have been warned)
  • universal hot wax
  • temp specific/flourinated wax (only needed for a second coat if you so desire)
  • a large plastic scraper (must be wider than the ski edges)
  • a nylon structure brush (there are many types of brushes - brass, nylon, horse hair, etc.) unless you have a different preference.
2. Consider purchasing a ski / board vise - a moving ski or board is always hard to wax. You can also use a simple G-Clamp - just be sure to put a suitable block of wood under the ski and some material around the clamp to protect the ski surface.

3. Allow the ski / board to completely cool between wax coats and scrapings.

4. Keep a continuous motion while ironing wax into the base.

5. Avoid burning the wax - it will smoke if it is burning. You only want to melt the wax - however, a small amount of smoke is okay. But if you can smell burning that is bad.

6. Scrape excess wax off, but be careful not to injure the base itself by being too aggressive.

7. Buff the scraped layer of wax to put some structure to it. This breaks up surface suction. Useful when skiing on wet snow.

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1. Don't overheat the wax. This can destroy the effectiveness of the wax. If you smell burning or smoky smells then the temperature of the iron is too high.

2. Never overheat the ski or snowboard. You need to use quick constant motion at all times. Never pause while the iron is in contact with the skis surface. SERIOUS DAMAGE can occur to the ski or board both internally and externally if you overheat it.

3. Do not leave too thick a layer of wax on the base of the ski. If you do not remove enough of the wax you will find the skis are very slow and turning is much more difficult. You don't need to worry too much about this though since if you do leave too much wax a couple of runs is normally sufficient to clean it off.

4. Never use a metal scraper. This will damage both the ski edge and the base. Always use an acrylic scraper.

With this in mind you are ready to learn how to wax your skis or snowboard:

click here to go to an illustrated guide.


Overheating the base of your skis or snowboard can lead to blistering and destroy the ski surface.

You are welcome to follow the instructions on this page but you do see entirely at your own risk!

If you are not confident doing this yourself you should contact a professional ski shop!