Kick Wax

Kick wax refers to a sticky wax in stick form known as "hardwax" or thick liquid in a squeeze tube known as "klister". These waxes are applied underfoot and grip the snow with pressure to allow forward kick. Hardwaxes are typically used when the snow is newer and crystalline and not thawed and refrozen or wet. They are applied by crayoning onto a clean base and smoothing out with a cork. Several layers of wax and corking are used to get the grip needed for a skier's needs. Once snow has thawed and is wet or refrozen, klister generally works better as it is much tackier. Klister is applied over a smaller area of the ski base and is dabbed onto the ski and spread smooth with a scraper or your thumb.