"How should I race alpine skis for the best glide?"
"Can you get great glide without fluoride powder?"
"Is there an easy way to a good glide without too much work?"
We get a lot of questions about how to glide alpine skis, preferably in a relatively simple way, but which still gives the perfect glide.
We wanted to find out a good answer to these questions ourselves and took out most of the products from START's range and with the help of their best breeders we have done extensive tests in varying conditions and arrived at the following, relatively simple, approach. With years of experience and countless hours of testing, we can guarantee you an incredibly good glide if you follow these simple steps. Please enjoy!
THE BEST ALPINE GLIDE - SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE!
Step 1 . Start with a clean ski and put this primer on the bottom, Start Race Glider Base . Then apply a hard, durable foundation that protects the coating very well against burning. Start's green Ultravalla is great for this purpose. (This foundation is applied regardless of the temperature of the day. Temperature-adapted foundation comes in step 2.) Brush out this foundation with a bronze brush and medium pressure, about 10-15 strokes. If you use a steel brush , there will be 4-6 strokes instead.
Step 2 . Now you iron on Start's new liquid fluorine-free race wool for the right temperature, put it on so it covers the coating. Its alcohol-based solvent evaporates quickly and you get a white film on your skis. Cork it into the coating. We have discovered that it is also possible to warm up this wall, which is easier and goes faster. In any case, the whey iron should be at a maximum of 125 degrees. Heat calmly in one stroke from the brim to the back, you can clearly see how the bundt melts. Whether you corked or warmed it up, it should now be brushed out with a medium hard nylon brush . Brush about 10 strokes with medium pressure. Then polish with fiber cloth .
Step 3 . Then you top this off with Start RG Ultra Gel Finisher , which basically replaces liquid fluoride. Very important here, according to our tests, is that both pod and bottle are at room temperature. You must cork this, it cannot be heated with a cast iron. As it is water based it is corked wet as it will not dry on its own, then wipe off the excess. Then brush it out with first a medium nylon brush or horsehair brush in 5-10 strokes and medium pressure and finally with a soft nylon brush in 5-10 strokes and medium pressure. Then polish with fiber cloth.
Step 4 . If you really want to go the extra mile, you finally add a super topping such as Start RG Ultra Finisher Spray , which actually many times does not provide any improvement compared to the topping in the previous step, but in certain special conditions it can increase the result incredibly much. It never gives any degradation so go all in with this step as well. Spray this on the sliding surfaces of the ski, press it out with your thumb and let it dry. Brush out lightly with a medium nylon brush or horsehair brush.
Premium rate. As in everything else, there is also one premium price where two additional products are included :-) Snow crystals can change in all its forms and if it's really cold with hard snow, what we call snow, it is an advantage to mix in graphite in step 2, then you use this product Start RG Race Liquid Glider Graphite .
The other special product is this, Start RG Race Liquid Glider Molybdenum , it is mixed with advantage in stage 2 when it is really coarse-grained, old and dirty snow. Ready for artificial snow that has refrozen on the edge of spring!
Now you have unbeatable alpine skis that can give you many hundredths in your favor over your fellow competitors!
A ski that is groomed in this way maintains its fine glide for a very long time, exactly how long depends entirely on how aggressive the snow crystals are. The skis keep the same fine glide for at least several runs on the competition slope and there is no disadvantage at all to ride the lift with them and run them in for a run before the race. There is an exception, of course, and that is if you put on super topping, then we recommend a maximum of one ride. Brush out an extra time before starting with a soft nylon brush for best results.
We ourselves are a little surprised at how far these liquid sliding dams have developed, and how easy they are to use compared to, for example, hard paraffins and fluorine powder.
Here are all the products you need to groom your alpine skis to near perfection!
Start RG Ultra Finisher Spray +5 / -15