How Often Do You Wax Skis? (Explained)

how often to wax skis

Waxing your skis is one of the most important things you can do to maintain their performance and prolong their life. 

However, how often do you wax skis depends on a number of factors, such as the type of ski, the type of wax, the conditions you ski in, and how often you ski. But generally, you should wax your skis at least once a week to keep them performing at their best.

In this post, I’ll talk about how often you should wax using the different types of waxes and talk a bit about the importance of waxing your skis as well.

Why Should You Wax Your Skis?

Most people don’t realize how important it is to wax their skis. Waxing your skis helps them last longer, perform better, and look great. But let me elaborate, 

Waxing regularly will prevent them from drying out and cracking, and also will help to protect them from dirt and grime build-up. In addition, waxing helps to repel water, which can cause corrosion and other damage to your skis, like rust on ski edges.

In addition, wax also protects the ski’s base from dirt, rocks, and other debris that can damage the ski.

Performance wise, waxing makes your skis more aerodynamic, which can help you go faster and it can make your skis more responsive and easier to control and turn.

Plus, waxing your skis makes them look great! A well-waxed ski is shiny and smooth, and it looks much better than a dry, dull one. 

So next time you’re getting ready for a day on the slopes, make sure to give your skis a good waxing. It will make a big difference in how they look and how they perform. Plus, waxing your skis regularly is one of the best things you can do to prolong their life. 

And Yes, new skis need to be waxed too!

How Often to Wax Skis

Now that you know how important it is to have well-waxed skis, let’s talk about how often you should be waxing your skis. 

Most experts including me recommend that you wax your skis at least once a week or once every 7 skiing days. But the more you wax the better! You cannot wax your skis too much. However if you are looking for an exact answer, how often you wax skis depends on the type of wax you use. 

If you use a liquid wax, it won’t last more than a day and should be waxed every skiing day. Simple rub-on waxes should be re waxed in 2 – 3 skiing days. And Iron wax lasts around 10 skiing days which is the longest.

This will ensure that they are properly protected from the elements and will make them easier to glide on the snow. 

You may need to wax more often if you live in an area with a lot of wet snow or if you ski frequently. If you don’t ski often, then you can probably get away with waxing your skis once before the season starts. 

However, it’s still a good idea to check them regularly for any build-up of dirt or grit. And even if you only ski a few times a year, it’s important to at least once before the season starts and once at the end of the season.

Can You Put Too Much Wax On Skis?  

You can technically wax skis too much, but it’s very unlikely. If you do happen to wax your skis too much, it’s not a big deal. You can scrape the excess wax off but it’s going to be a bit difficult if you put a LOT of wax. 

And most importantly, if you rub too much wax into the ski base, it will hinder its performance. The excess wax will rub off on the snow and slow down your skiing. 

Quick tip for removing the excess wax – sharpen your scraper! Make it super sharp and it will do the trick. Dull scrapers suck! Check out some more tips here.

Next time you go to wax your skis, be sure to use only enough to cover the base evenly!

3. Types of Ski Wax


Skiing is a very popular sport, but many people don’t enjoy it as much as they could because they don’t take care of their equipment properly. If you love skiing, then you should make sure to wax your skis. I know it sounds like a pain, but it’s not that bad. And the benefits are worth it. 

Waxing your skis at least once a week helps them last longer, perform better, and look great. So next time you’re getting ready for a ski trip, make sure to give your skis a good waxing. You’ll be glad you did!


How long to wait before scraping wax off skis?

You have to wait around an hour or two, or even overnight (if you are not in a hurry) before you scrape the wax off your skis. If you scrape it away too soon you’ll pull out most of the wax.

How long does wax last on skis?

Generally, most types of wax will last anywhere around around 3-10 days before needing to be reapplied. But the exact time depends on how often you ski and the weather like how cold it is or is the snow wet.

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Lisa Hayden-Matthews

An avid Skier, bike rider, triathlon enthusiast, amateurish beach volleyball player and nature lover who has never lost a dare! I manage the overall Editorial section for the magazine here and occasionally chip in with my own nature photographs, when required.
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