Waxless Skis for a Busy World
Although in many parts of the world spring is in the air, that isn't the case in Big Sky where we've had one of the best winters in decades. The cross country trails are still in full operation and being groomed regularly, and with changing snow conditions at different elevations, considering waxless skis may make your life easier.
If you watched any Nordic skiing events at this year’s winter Olympics, you may have heard how often color commentators and coaches talk about wax. It’s a big deal in the Nordic skiing world, particularly for classic skiers. The perfect wax job can mean the difference between running up hills and going nowhere. The difference between world cup skiers and you? They have a team of professional wax technicians to do the heavy scraping for them while you have three kids and a full-time job. So unless you have a friend who is considering becoming your personal wax technician, waxless skis are worth perusing. Think old-school fish-scales, only with strips of modern mohair skin under the skier’s foot rather than scale. World Cup races are being won on these “skin skis”, and they require less waxing than your pair of skate skis.
Check these options out:
Atomic Redster C9 Skintec Hard
Billed as Atomic’s first skin ski that’s race-ready, the Redster is aimed at hobby racers or higher-end amateurs who want a dependable ski to train on without the fuss of a waxable ski. The Redster has a Nomex Featherlight core and is built with a carbon laminate, making it super light yet stable. The kick patch area of the ski is slightly wider, giving skiers a reliable base to step into and unlike competing models, the Redster’s kick patch is one large piece of skin material, rather than two strips.
Fisher Twin Skin Pro
Fischer describes their mid-range skin ski as “athletic”, and “ideal in hard or icy conditions”. Indeed, icy unpredictable conditions are really where skin skis start to stand out. The Twin Skin Pro features two offset strips of Mohair skin under each foot that are set at various depths into the ski’s base giving the skier a natural, nearly-waxed feel to their stride.
Salomon S/Race Skin
Billed as the ultimate solution for all day events in changing conditions, the Salomon S/Race skin ski is spendy, but worth it. At 1040 grams, the S/Race features a traditional racing sidecut (44 mm at the tip, waist and tail), interchangeable Pomoca skin inserts, and a super fast low-profile camber that optimizes snow contact. The Solomon S/Race is the fastest ski ever made by Salomon.
Whether you consider trying these skis, or sticking with the old favorites, get out there and enjoy the trails at Lone Mountain Ranch!