Nothing quite beats the feeling of a newly waxed snowboard under your feet, that is unless there is a few feet of powder under there as well. Our guide on how to wax a snowboard begins below:
How to Wax A Snowboard Step 1: Gather Tools
Iron: While any iron will get the job done, getting a ski and snowboard specific iron will make the whole process a lot easier for you. These irons get hot enough to melt the wax, but not so hot that it will burn the base of your board. If you do choose to use a conventional iron, make sure to take the iron off the board anytime you see smoke.
Scraper: Start with a plastic scraper for your first few waxes, you're less likely to damage the board than with a steel scraper.
Brush: We recommended getting a few brushes with varying levels of stiffness. Most wax kits come with 2-3 brushes.
Towel and rubbing alcohol: You'll need these to clean the snowboard before waxing.
How to Wax A Snowboard Step 2: Choose the Right Wax
Ski and snowboard wax can be broken into two categories: all temperature and temperature specific. If the temperature and weather varies at your home mountain, we recommend going with an all temperature wax. Otherwise, go with a. temperature specific wax as these waxes will almost always perform better than all temperature waxes (assuming you are using them in their defined temperature range).
How to Wax A Snowboard Step 3: Board prep
Your board absolutely needs to be clean before you start the wax process. Ideally the board is also tuned, but this isn't 100% necessary. Use the rubbing alcohol to wipe the board down, and then wait for the board to completely dry before you continue. If your bases seem clean, err on the side of not cleaning them, as rubbing and wiping can remove any and all residual wax on the snowboard.
How to Wax A Snowboard Step 4: Get after it
You are ready to go! We recommend watching this video from REI for an in depth explanation and visualization of how to wax a snowboard:
We've had a few questions about the DPS Phantom Glide product that hit the market recently. For those that are unfamiliar, the basic value proposition for the Phantom Glide is a one time application of wax that lasts all season. We have not personally used it, but plan to this season and come back with an update. Stay tuned!