Not that kind of waxing

As the snow keeps falling in the mountains and we're knee deep into ski season, one thing skiers and snowboarders don't want is to be left in the dust, or snow if you will. However, as the powder days come in rapid succession, some- times it’s a little hard to show your boards the love they deserve. Fortunately, if you’re knowledgeable about your gear, own the right equipment and do your research, you can keep your babies fresh and shiny all season long. But, if you don’t, there are plenty of places in town that are happy to do the muscle work for you. Because when the last one down the mountain has to buy beers, you don’t want it to be you.

Step one: Assess the ski for any damage to make necessary repairs.
Step two: Find a tune-savvy friend, such as local Stacy Falk, to file and angle the edges to remove burrs and help the ski turn better.
Step three: Melted wax makes a pretty pattern on the bottom of the ski.
Repeat step two in long even strokes to help keep things smooth.
The type of wax, usually distinguished by color and hardness, depends on snow temperature, skier ability, and type of terrain.
Step four: Iron the wax evenly onto the ski. Spring for a real ski iron to avoid costly mistakes with mom's.
Final: Scrape the excess wax until your forearms are toast.