air temperature and waxes

air temperature and waxes

Post by Neil » Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:20:16


Dear All,
How useful a guide is air temperature for waxes. I was out in +6 but a blue.
I should point out that I tend not to pack a thermometer when ski touring.
wax -6 to 0 worked fine.
 
 
 

air temperature and waxes

Post by g.. » Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:01:50

The meterologist-skier running a site in the upper midwest once told me
that snow temp follows air temp by about two hours.  For planning in
advance, I use the NWS hourlies for the location or nearby where the
lat-long is known, or the SNOTEL data reports for a closeby location.
The latter go back a week.

Gene

On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:20:16 -0000

Quote:

> Dear All,
> How useful a guide is air temperature for waxes. I was out in +6 but
> a blue. I should point out that I tend not to pack a thermometer when
> ski touring. wax -6 to 0 worked fine.


 
 
 

air temperature and waxes

Post by Ben Kaufma » Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:13:28

Quote:

>Dear All,
>How useful a guide is air temperature for waxes. I was out in +6 but a blue.
>I should point out that I tend not to pack a thermometer when ski touring.
>wax -6 to 0 worked fine.

If I recall, using a colder temp glide wax in warmer conditions is more
forgiving than using a warmer temp wax in colder conditions.

(happy to be corrected about this if I am wrong - or confirmed if I'm right)

Ben

 
 
 

air temperature and waxes

Post by Neil » Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:38:43

I suspect your right, although I was out on the same blue wax -6 to 0,
today. Fluffy but wet snow, always the worst, and I was balling up. I hadn't
put new wax on for 2 days.


Quote:

>Dear All,
>How useful a guide is air temperature for waxes. I was out in +6 but a
>blue.
>I should point out that I tend not to pack a thermometer when ski touring.
>wax -6 to 0 worked fine.

If I recall, using a colder temp glide wax in warmer conditions is more
forgiving than using a warmer temp wax in colder conditions.

(happy to be corrected about this if I am wrong - or confirmed if I'm right)

Ben