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DemoDon’s XC Wax Review


As most skiers and racers understand, wax is most critical in Nordic skiing. Although speed is most important, it is necessary to be able to grip the snow when traveling up hill. While on the snow, cross country skiers will encounter various snow conditions. It is not uncommon to have soft snow in sunny areas and ice condition on the top of the course or trail.

Three advantages of using DemoDon’s Cross Country ski wax (made by Green Ice Wax) in the words of a Green Ice athlete are:

1. Skis run fast. Along with speed comes less effort to skiing.
2. They continue to run fast in the last half of the race or later in the day when other skiers had collected dirty skis with fluoro based wax. DemoDon’s wax stayed clean.
3. The kick wax, which is a tacky wax applied under the foot area of the ski, gripped well when stepping down and broke free to glide when speeding up again. This is critical as skiers do not want their wax to hold them back once they are back in the speed mode again.

DemoDon’s XC wax is available in a universal temperature, biodegradable glide and tack wax along with fluoro-free racer series designed for three different snow temperature conditions.


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Tips for powder skiing

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You wake up on Tuesday morning and found 10 inches of fresh POW fell overnight. What do you do?

  1. Call in sick to work
  2. Break out the powder skis
  3. Rush to the mountain

Why a powder ski?

These skis are designed to keep the skiing on top of the snow. Depending on the type of powder ski, they can offer agility and maneuverability. They resemble water skis in shape, with a noticeably rockered nose to provide lift over the fresh snow. Their large width allows the ski to float over deep snow. They are usually fat, meaning having a waist of greater than 100mm and have reverse camber (the waist sits at the lowest point).

Now that you are at the mountain and geared up, make sure you understand the mountain terrain and understand the dangers associated with skiing on un-groomed terrain. Skiing powder has a different feel and does not behave the same as groomed trial, although the adrenaline rush of floating on the snow and the powder flying by makes it all worthwhile.

Here are some tips to ski powder.

  1. Maintain your balance. Keep equal pressure on both skis. Devin, a Green Ice Wax brand rep says “make a platform with your skis keeping weight distributed 50/50 over each ski” Keep the skis close together about shoulder width apart.
  2. Keep your hands up with your elbows in front of your torso. Do not lean back as you will lose balance.
  3. Keep your head up and do not pressure your edges as you normally would on groomed terrain. This will cause the one ski to dip further in the snow than the other.
  4. Maintain speed to keep from sinking and steer the skis into the fall line as you go down the mountain.
  5. Wax your skis. Powder tends to be more granular then groomed snow. The sharper the snow crystals, the more the need for wax. A sharp structure will cause more friction. Green Ice Wax makes safe and eco-friendly ski and snowboard wax which is long lasting and stands up to the rough shape of fresh “POW”.


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A Little Chemistry Lesson about Ski and Snowboard Wax

To start, let’s review some high school chemistry. We were taught that the atom is an extremely small particle, consisting of protons, electrons, and neutrons. The nucleus of the atom is the center around which the negatively charged electrons rotate. The nucleus is comprised of neutrons (neutral charge) and protons (positive charge).

The varying number of protons, electrons and neutrons creates the diverse group of naturally constructed elements. The elements can also combine with other elements by either sharing electrons or transferring electrons. This is called a chemical bond. For our purposes, we will consider 2 elements, carbon and hydrogen. These elements bond through sharing electrons, also called a covalent bond, to form a compound.

The simplest compound is methane, CH4 (4 hydrogens and 1 carbon). A polymer is formed when a string of carbon and hydrogen atoms come together. The more carbons in the string, the longer the chain. These chains can either be straight or branched. By taking a string of carbon atoms, we are able to develop many different products, including Green Ice Wax.
The longer the chain (the more carbon atoms present), the higher the temperature is needed to melt the wax. Straights chains tend to be more flexible and soft, while branched chains tend to be more rigid and hard.
Since the goal of a good wax is to match the hardness of the snow with the hardness of the wax, a formulator must mix various chain lengths and shapes to arrive at a final product with a particular hardness.

More complex waxes tend to use additives to help reduce friction and repel water. The most popular additive is fluorocarbon. Here, fluorine (F) replaces some of the hydrogen in the polymer. Fluorocarbons have been determined unsafe and not eco-friendly. Green Ice 1000 and 2000 uses a different, but effective additive which makes it safe to apply and safer for the environment.



Straight chain or linear


Branched chain


Green Ice Welcomes Cristian Javier Simari Birkner to the Team!


Green Ice Wax introduces Cristian Javier Simari Birkner to the Green Ice Wax team. Cristian is the top ski racer from Argentina and is representing his country in the World Championships in Beaver Creak, Colorado.

Cristian is using GI 2000 on his skis at the races and has found it to be fast and effective. Cristian will also help GI introduce the wax to other racers in the World Cup.

Cristians accomplishments include:

-3 times Olympic Athlete, Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, and Vancouver 2010, and qualified to Sochi 2014
-9 Ski World Championships
-31 South American Cup disciplines cup winner
-13 SAC Overall Cup winner

Welcome Cristian to the GI Wax team!

Travis Ganong Takes 5th at Beaver Creek – Dec 5th

US Ski Team athlete and supporter of Green Ice Wax, Travis Ganong, takes fifth place in the Birds of Prey Downhill last weekend at Beaver Creek Resort.

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New Jersey has ski areas?

The snow is beginning to fall now and it is time for us to break out our skis and snowboards so we can schuss down the slopes. It is important to take a moment when you are on the top of the slope ready to take your first run to acknowledge the people who came before us and left us with the gift of several ski areas to enjoy in our state.

Did you know that New Jersey once had over 30 alpine ski areas? Alpine skiing in New Jersey started in the early 1900s. Believe it or not but New Jersey was once in fact known as a skiing state. There were many little ski areas that dotted the countryside of the entire state. There was a ski jump at the North Jersey Country Club in Wayne as early as 1924! Many people think that the only place where ski areas could be located in the state is in Sussex County.

Our state had small ski areas and several ski jumps that were located throughout the state. They were found in many locations from High Point State Park in Montague to the southern part of the state in Lower Alloways Creek, Salem County. Now I know you are thinking that there couldn’t possibly be any “mountains” in Salem County – but remember when some of these little ski areas were born – people didn’t ski as much as they do today or take as many runs – so a small hill with a rope tow or a chair lift was just fine. There was indeed a ski area in Lower Alloways Creek and it was called Holly Mountain. It had a rope tow, a chair lift and a ski lodge.
Some of the first ski slopes in the United States were cut by the men in the Civilian Conservation Corps. This was a depression era organization started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The CCC built many of the early roads in the State Parks across the country as well.

Out of the many ski areas that decorated New Jersey’s landscape only 2 are left today – Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah and Mountain Creek (formerly Vernon Valley/Great Gorge) also in Vernon. Hopefully these won’t fade into the past too.

Many Europeans came to the United States and brought their passion of skiing with them. The stories of some of these men and the many ski areas that were located in New Jersey can be found in the book: “Skiing In New Jersey?”

Skiing In New Jersey? takes you on the journey of the birth, the rise and the fall of the state’s alpine ski industry. There are also wonderful personal stories included about the people who were involved with the first ski areas in the state.

The forward to Skiing In New Jersey? reads:

“Liz takes you back in time to the birth of skiing in one of the most unlikely winter sports states in the country – New Jersey. Her book honors the spirit of the Europeans who brough their inbred passion for snow and the great outdoors to these shores. The spirit of these pioneers of skiing, described in this book is still alive in those of us who have been lucky enough to reap the rewards of their incredible journey.” – Donna Weinbrecht – 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist – Freestyle Mogul Skiing.

Skiing In New Jersey? makes a great present for your friends who enjoy the slopes and is available on or

(c) 2014– Elizabeth Holste – author – Skiing In New Jersey?”

Green Ice Wax Welcomes Travis Ganong

Green Ice Wax recently sponsored Alpine skier Travis Ganong. Travis is an American World Cup skier and competed at the 2014 Winter Olypmics in Sochi, Russia.