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Swix Waxes: Use Air or Snow Temperature?

Sat, Feb  10, 2007 - By Swix Racing

Question:

Is the temperature range listed on Swix wax air or snow temperature? If it is air temperature, how do you take into account for wind chill? Thanks.

Answer:

Great Question! The temperatures listed on Swix waxes are air temperature measured just above the snow surface in the shade. Wind chill is not taken into account, as it is not affecting the actual snow temperature. When the temperature is above freezing, we really begin to focus on how much moisture / water content is present. This is particularly important for classic skiing in determining if we move from hard wax to klister. For example water content not temperature would determine if VR65, Klisterwax VR75, or Klister KR60 would be the appropriate wax.