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Does "waxing" the bottom of sled rails or snow skis make for a faster ride?

Asked by john65pennington (29253points) December 14th, 2010

For years, my family has always had a package of Gulf Wax in the garage. As a child, i would look at the package and ask myself, “what the heck is this for”? Finally, one day my dad and I were together in the garage and I asked him this question. He told me the wax, applied to the rails of a sled or snow skis, would make them glide on top of the snow, for a much faster ride . Question: was this theory true? Does anyone still use wax for this purpose and does it actually work?

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Why yes,it does.
I plan on spraying Vunessuh’s sled with Pam cooking spray when she comes to visit in a few weeks so she can get some speed on! XD

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Was that what Chevy Chase used on his saucer?

woodcutter's avatar

I think it’s supposed to make the snow not stick as much to skis so it cuts down on slip resistance

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@john65pennington The wax cuts down on friction bewtween the wood and the snow.

Summum's avatar

It does what @woodcutter said keeps the snow from sticking to the surface you cover.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The wax would also help lucille to 20K if you haven’t maxxed out on her.

Cruiser's avatar

Teflon sprays have eclipsed the old wax trick @john65pennington and almost got me and my 2 boys in the hospital as in our toboggan we blew right through 2 snow fences at the bottom of the hill.

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