Artificial or man-made snow is a combination of snow, dirt and oil. Man-made snow is a hard particle of ice, not a hollow flake of snow. For this reason, wax recommendations will change slightly from those for natural snow.
Man-made snow can also vary wildly because of the volume traffic on the trail and the grooming and tilling of the snow.
- On man-made snow, ski flex can be a major factor. Try to keep a medium and stiff skis on hand and use more structure than normal.
- In temperatures below freezing, wax a littler harder with more structure and a stiffer ski.
- In temperatures above freezing, wax cooler with a larger structure. Man-made snow holds more moisture in cooler temperatures, however, it does not mush out as easily in warm temperatures and the base under the man-made snow is generally ICE.
- Ski Maintenance: Wax MORE often. Man-made snow is abrasive and will wear wax faster than snow. If you do not wax your skis, man-made snow will eat up your bases.
Recommendations for cold dry wind from the north when temperatures are:
- Single digits, HS-0 White – Universal grind, stiff ski.
- Teens to low 20’s, HSF-10 Green – Universal grind, stiff to medium flexed ski.
- Upper 20’s, HSF-20 Tan – Universal structure, stiff to medium flex skis.
- Upper 20’s, HSF-30 Salmon – Universal structure with a light rill, still to medium flex ski.
Recommendations for wind from the south, warm and humid, when temperatures are:
- Upper teens-low 20’s, HSF-20 Tan – Universal grind, stiff to medium flexed ski
- Upper 20’s to low 30’s, HSF 30 Salmon – Universal structure with a rill, still to medium flex ski
- At or above freezing, HSF-30 Salmon – Rill or wet grind, stiff ski
Keep in mind as we make recommendations for man-made snow, the 80 – 20 rule applies: the rule is good 80% of the time.
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