Are you ready to wax your skis yourself? Make sure you have the right materials on hand:

  • Wax
  • Wax iron
  • Scraper
  • Nylon brush
  • Copper brush
  • Horsehair brush
  • Stand or holder to secure your snowboard

If you're waxing your (touring) skis yourself, it's essential to do so in a well-ventilated space. Also, there's a chance of wax spilling on the floor, so protect it by placing a mat or tarp. It's crucial to lay your skis stable, firm, and flat with the base facing up. You can use a stand or holder for this, but something else works as long as the skis are stable and secure. Also, make sure the binding stoppers are folded down so they won't get in the way. You can use an elastic band for this, for example.

Step 1: Cleaning your (touring) skis

Start by cleaning your (touring) skis. This can be done with a wax remover or using 'hot wax.' We'll use the latter in this explanation.

Begin with a 'copper brush' to open and clean the pores of the base (bottom of your ski). Brush from the front to the back.

Heat the wax iron to the required temperature. The temperature depends on the type of wax and can be found on the packaging. Melt the wax and drip it over the base of your skis. Spread the wax evenly using the wax iron.

Notice the wax starting to dry? Grab the 'scraper' and scrape off the wax. This removes dirt that was trapped in the pores.

(Optional): Ski tuning

If you want to do more than just waxing, and also want to tune your skis, now is the time to do it. See our article on tuning your skis yourself. If you're not tuning your skis, proceed to step 2.

Note: If you've tuned your skis, start again from step 1 before waxing.

Step 2: Apply the wax

Once again, open the pores of the base (bottom of skis) with the 'copper brush.' Move from the front to the back of the ski. 

Set the wax iron to the correct temperature. Check the ski wax packaging for the right temperature. Once the wax iron is at the right temperature, melt the wax with the iron over the ski base. Drip the wax evenly over the ski. Once enough wax is on, use the wax iron to spread the ski wax. 

Now, move the wax iron twice over the entire length of the ski, from the front to the back. Then, set the ski aside for an hour to dry.

Step 3: Scraping off the ski wax

Remove excess ski wax with a 'scraper.' Do this again from the front to the back of your ski. Hold the scraper at a 45-degree angle. Scrape until a thin layer of wax remains. Don't forget to make the steel edges wax-free. Many 'scrapers' have a separate notch for this.

Step 4: Brush the skis

Finish waxing your skis with a nylon brush and a 'horsehair brush.' Start with the nylon brush and move it over the base from the front to the back of your ski. Repeat this with the horsehair brush until your skis have a nice shiny and oily finish.

Repeat the above steps for extra glide. Moreover, it extends the life of the wax.

Your skis or touring skis are now waxed and ready for the next descent in the snow!