Ski touring skins – what to do with sticky snow?
Ski touring skins
what to do with sticky snow?
Moisture causes snow to stick to the base of the climbing skin. It is therefore essential to avoid “wetting” the skin (e.g. when crossing a creek). If the climbing skin has a build up of snow, the ascent becomes a real torture.
To prevent this as much as possible, on Völkl touring skins the mohair mix is applied directly to the glue without using a cotton layer. This would absorb water, soak through quickly and therefore build up snow. Nevertheless, here are some tips on how to get rid of the build up of snow: Sometimes a short, energetic stomping is enough to loosen the snow. If the snow temperature remains unchanged, often more needs to be done. Usually it helps to unbuckle the touring ski and scratch off the snow by using the pole shaft. Sometimes cautiously against the hair alignment, especially when the touring skins have already iced up. Attention: Never work the climbing skin with the tip of the stick, otherwise damage is pre-programmed. Afterwards the climbing skin should be treated with a hydrophobic (water-repellent) substance. Ski wax, for example, is well suited. Spread it as homogeneous as possible, also carefully against the hair alignment. Alternatively, sunscreen can be used, but it is more difficult to distribute it evenly.