My favourite backcountry ski area has a really long approach along a groomed trail. I started putting a bit of kick wax on the base of my skis so I could make better time on the flat instead of skinning in to the base of the mountain. It works great, and I don't notice any loss of speed on the downhill (not that I go very fast in tight trees). I thought I was pretty brilliant until a guide told me that it ruins the base of my skis. Is this true? I would imagine that the solvent used to remove the wax would ruin my bases, but I don't use that much wax and usually just ski it off instead of using the solvent. Am I going to ruin my bases?
Yup works fine, not as effective without the wax pocket...but way faster than a skin slog...maybe 70% of a great wax job on classic skies.
Skins are not damaged by kick wax....I used skins and nordic skies for a decade back in the eighties...no problems.
Just use the right temp kick wax and apply exactly like a nordic job....
Downhill is not affected unless your wax job starts ti ice....the scrape off.