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Wet snow buildup on topsheets
« on: 02/08/17, 12:11 PM »

While on patrol on Sunday, I experienced some serious wet snow buildup on the topsheets of my skis and found myself stomping and hitting the snow off every ten steps. Anyone have any experience with products you can apply to keep the snow from sticking? Turtle wax? Rain-x? Ski wax? Skin wax? I'm open to all ideas.


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Re: Wet snow buildup on topsheets
« Reply #1 on: 02/08/17, 03:14 PM »

I have tried everything from RAIN-X to Armorall to Maxiglide and others; the best I've found is a good high quality rub-on & buff carnuaba car wax; it works sometimes.  Just got me thinking: maybe I'll try some rub-on Flouride paste ski wax & buff.
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Andy Carey, Nisqually Park, 3500 feet below Paradise
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Re: Wet snow buildup on topsheets
« Reply #2 on: 02/08/17, 06:02 PM »

These work great.
http://www.voile.com/voile-backcountry-poles.html
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Re: Wet snow buildup on topsheets
« Reply #3 on: 02/08/17, 08:01 PM »

If you care, armor all, or just hand rub a block of any wax onto the top sheet.
This can help, but limited.
The best thing I've found is to arrive at the trailhead with skis at ambient temperature (this is why I use a roof box). This is also effective for best performance and longevity of skins.
Otherwise, flip it,scrape it, stomp it, or forget about it and zen out. At least there's snow.
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Re: Wet snow buildup on topsheets
« Reply #4 on: 02/08/17, 08:17 PM »

While on patrol on Sunday, I experienced some serious wet snow buildup on the topsheets of my skis and found myself stomping and hitting the snow off every ten steps. Anyone have any experience with products you can apply to keep the snow from sticking? Turtle wax? Rain-x? Ski wax? Skin wax? I'm open to all ideas.

GOSH!  I hope you are not on patrol at the MTTA walking in the middle of the trail, like the Ski Patrol snowshoers LOL
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Andy Carey, Nisqually Park, 3500 feet below Paradise
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Re: Wet snow buildup on topsheets
« Reply #5 on: 02/10/17, 08:37 AM »

I've had some luck with using silicone waterproofing spray. Make sure to clean the top sheet and binding before applying and leave skis horizontal while drying and let it cure for 24 hours. This doesn't completely mitigate snow buildup but it helps and it's quick and easy to apply.
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Re: Wet snow buildup on topsheets
« Reply #6 on: 02/10/17, 11:49 AM »

silicone waterproofing spray

This. I don't spray my resort boards with it much, but I do like to do my bindings. I treat my splitboards with food-grade silicone spray a few times each season - primarily around the hardware and on both sides of the binding baseplates. Makes for much easier transitions and at least for the first handful of days the glop sheds right off Smiley

Next you'll be asking about keeping the schmoo off your skins - for that, rubbing some room-temperature wax on them the night before while the skins are warm-ish & dry works great
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Re: Wet snow buildup on topsheets
« Reply #7 on: 02/14/17, 12:12 PM »

Thanks for all of the responses. I'll hopefully test out one of the methods this weekend. The photo posted was of the short section of Westside Rd in MRNP that didn't have enough snow to provide decent skiing.

To keep snow from glopping onto skins, I've used the Swix skin wax with good success.
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