Holiday Ski Servicing Essentials
Packing your suitcase for any holiday is always a challenge, let alone when you need to include all your bulky ski gear. With space always at a premium we have compiled a list of the five essential ski servicing tools that you can actually fit in your bag!
1. Toko Express Mini
If you rent skis on your holiday this is a must! It is always a bit nerve racking waiting to see what skis you are going to be given for week's holiday. You nervously give your best (please give me a good pair) smile to the disgruntled/hungover ski rental employee and await your fate. Whatever planks you get given the condition of the bases can be improved significantly and quickly with the application of liquid wax. This application will then last for about two to three days of skiing before it needs rejuvenating to get the true performance out of the skis. It is small, tidy (in its lock together case), you don't need a waxing iron and it is very easy to apply (last year my seven year old cousin waxed her own skis using this!). There is more than enough of wax to last several holiday when applied every couple of days, keeping you nice and fast throughout.
2.Alu Oxide Bar
There is a plethora of things that your skis can bump and bash into over your holiday - rocks, gondolas, ski poles, bar doors etc. Those little bumps will rack up and create slight dents and scratches in the edge of your skis. When this happens the ski no longer has a consistent and level edge which basically makes turning unpredictable and not as much fun. This Alu oxide bar will smooth out any little burrs, scratches and dents via gently rubbing across such marks. Rub till smooth to touch and you are ready to go!
3. P-Tex candles and a metal scraper
I have slightly cheated and squeezed two together here but they are both worth packing. After a couple of days skiing you might notice a few gouges in the base of your skis. These gouges create an uneven base and extra drag, slowing you down. Use the corner of the metal scraper to clean out any dirt; fill the gouges with the repair candles and scrape off any excess material. Your skis bases will once again be smooth and ready to charge down the mountain.
4. Zardoz NotWax 708100
Zardoz liquid teflon keeps your base extra slippery, and comes in a convenient puck for on-the-hill application. It compliments any wax you already have on your skis. So if you feel like you're slowing down in the afternoon apply a few drops of the liquid to the puck and rub in.
5. Leatherman Multitool
This version of the classic multi-tool has separate Philips and flat head screwdrivers to adjust ski and snowboard bindings. The knife is useful for cutting off loose bits of ski topsheet and its tapered end is great for cleaning gouges in your base. In total the Leatherman has 14 tools that at some point will come in useful whilst you are away (not least the bottle opener).
Now you have packed your servicing essentials it is time to try and fit in those tea bags, socks, and travel plugs!
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