Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How to wax your snowboard and a Saturday at Mt Crescent

Ever get stuck on the flats parts of the slopes and have to unstrap and get out of your bindings? Yeah, we've all been there. But if you have a nicely waxed board, hopefully you'll glide right through that! I had used rub on waxes in the past, until last year when Cody showed me just how easy it is to use a hot wax. Just need an iron (preferrably an old, cheap, or a snowboard iron), the wax, scraper, and something to hold your board down. I had purchased a workbench and used this. It worked perfectly. I plan to do some cutting of wood this spring, so I was due for some saw horses or one of these anyway.

This board needs a wax job just like my Honda!

The stuff you'll need to wax your board

This year, I decided to take my bindings off of the board. I didn't last year, but had read that the screws can get pretty hot while ironing your board. Didn't want to cause warpage or damage the base. First step is to clean the board of any old wax. As recommended to me by the guy at Canfields, I bought this liquid cleaner. Did it work? Maybe. I had caked on wax from last year that I just ended up scraping off instead.

My new workbench

Does cleaner actually work?

I ended up scraping off the old wax instead

Wax free

Once clean, warm up your iron and touch the block of wax to the iron. The wax will melt/drip onto your board. Easy so far. Once you have enough dripped on, then you actually iron your board to smooth out the wax and spread it evenly throughout the bottom of the board. Just make sure you keep the iron moving and don't heat up the board too much. Once again, you can damage the base by making it too hot. Once spread out, you then scrape the excess wax off. You can also fix the edges of the board using an edging tool, or a metal file. I skipped this step. Reattach the bindings...go ride!

Drip the wax all over

Yes, you actually iron your board to smooth out the wax

Scrape off the extra

Smooth layer of wax.

Those crazy bindings!

We went to Mt Crescent this past Saturday to use up our Groupons. Temps were in the 30s and they only had the main run and the runs on the left open. The entire right side was closed off and grass. Oh well. We still had fun. Scott's second time boarding and he did much much better this time. He recently bought a new board and I figured it would be wise to get it dialed in and set before having to figure it out in CO. We started the morning (10am) with some drinks and some shots. Hit the slope, then went and got lunch down the street at Denny's. Back to the slopes until we were a little sore, then headed home. Got home at 6pm and I was exhausted, drunk, hungover, dehydrated. All of the above! A three hour nap wasn't enough!

Out at Crescent


Holy Onion Rings!

Funny, I had a physical this past Monday. After a day of eating this, I wonder how my cholesterol is!

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