A good tip is to only have a limited range of dams and learn the dams you have properly. Feel free to write down what you use from time to time. That way you learn a lot and a well-kept notebook is invaluable for not getting lost when the going gets tough.
At the beginning of the roe's career, roe in all possible colors is often well embedded in the skis. Good skis are a prerequisite for a good ski trip or a successful race. The most important thing is therefore to clean the skis properly before riding them again.
Things to keep an eye on and write down
1. What kind of pad did you use when training or competing? Then record how it went. Good mount? Good glide?
2. How many layers of wax you used on the skis
3. Which was before that, i.e. what type of snow was it
4. Humidity: Was it high or low?
5. The temperature
How cold it is outside has a decisive influence on which wall covering you should put on. Keep in mind that there are often different temperatures in the snow and the air.
All dam brands have largely the same color code system and this applies to both sliding, attachment, adhesive and can dams.
Red : very hot, about three to ten degrees plus
Yellow : warm, some plus to minus one degree
Violet : around zero to minus three degrees
Blue : about three to ten degrees below zero
Green : cold, about ten to twenty degrees below zero
General tips and advice for herding
- Preferably use cast iron. Regular irons have excessively uneven thermostats.
- Always keep the roller moving.
- Activate the coating before skidding by lightly brushing in the direction of travel with a fine wire brush or brass brush. Be light on your hand when using a fine wire brush.
- Brushing after sickling is usually done too little. Brush some more even though you feel satisfied. With the horsehair brush, you can never brush too much.
- The only time you use Wax Remover is to clean the ski's attachment wall zone and upper side. Wax Remover is never used on the ski's sliding surfaces.
- The sliding surfaces of the skis benefit from occasional cleaning. Then use a soft paraffin such as SKIGO Soft and warm it up with a cast iron. Then sickle while the glidal paraffin is still warm. After this, the sliding surfaces need to cool and then be brushed out as after a normal sliding paraffin.
- A texture groove can make a big difference to the slide. In cold conditions, the surface of the skis is recommended to have a fine structure in the surface and in warm conditions a coarser structure. Especially in hot and humid weather, grooves make a big difference to the glide.
- When fencing with adhesive, the attachment zone should be shortened by 3-4 cm.
- Remember: Practice makes perfect! Try a few different herding options in training so you know it works in any competition. When competing, you should never test new dykes, you do that during training.
- When you put the skis away for storage at the end of the season or during a longer break, we recommend ALWAYS putting a layer of sliding paraffin on the sliding surfaces of the skis without slicing off, it keeps the surface clean and fresh for the next time.
- Take care of your skis so that you always get the most out of them.
- We cannot emphasize enough the joy and help you will get from a well-filled notebook.