We have many years of work experience as engineers designing test equipment and performance mechanical tests to measure things like vibrations, friction and wear in hard disk drives and medical devices. Measuring the friction of a ski on snow is a challenging engineering problem and there is very little data available on the subject in the public domain. We are doing this testing to help skiers make more informed decisions when preparing their skis and to help advance the science of measuring friction of a ski on snow.
Any time skiers gather the topic of waxing and base grinds is almost sure to be discussed. Before big ski events like the American Birkenbiener the latest wax recommendations are eagerly awaited. But there is something conspicuously absent from these discussions and recommendations, actual data on how much impact different waxes actually have.
We were frustrated by the lack of objective measurement data regarding wax performance. We searched the internet to look for published research papers on the topic but found little that was of practical use to skiers so we decided to initiate our own research.
For more detailed information, see our technical paper in Journal of Sports Engineering