to keep track of how your ski is tuned.
Key reasons to write on your skis:
1- Last time edges tuned / setup [date]
2- Indicate a race edge
3- What base / combo wax is used
4-To look cool in the start house/ intimidate the competition on the NASTAR course!
First, you need a Sharpie / China Marker / AKA wax pencil / pen, like this one from Lowes.
Next, you need to know what you want to write on the ski:
(E) for Edge with a date [you might note a special edge set up for a SL ski like 4/.5 meaning 4 side/ .5 base; or, 3/.25, etc]
Date with Type Base Wax / Overlay [the picture shows Beta with GW25 mixed in]
An arrow showing Race Edge.
- Race edge arrow should point to inside edge [arrows pointing at each other] when ready to race.
- Arrows point out when training / warming up, etc.
- Useful when warming up before a race on aggressive snow, and you need to know you have a fresh edge to race on.
- Useful in prolonging a tuned edge when training. You might switch edges every day, or, after a morning of practice, etc.
You will figure out your own cool / special codes that have meaning to you.
Knowing you have a fresh edge to run has a significant psychological benefit when running on an ice track.
Last, the wax writing will hold up really well to snow, water, abrasion, etc.
How to remove:
Dip a paper towel / cotton ball / rag in rubbing alcohol or Naphtha or Swix [any brand] wax remover, and wipe off!!
A racer that has confidence in his / her setup because he can visually see it, and control its use [change edge], makes a more confident and faster racer!