When Susan and I first started cross country skiing, back in the 12th century, I think…the choices were wood skis or these newfangled fiber glass things.
Our wood skis went through many seasons and allowed us to climb many hills without bothering to herring bone. They also required me to carry wax, cork and scrapers and be prepared to reapply and/or remove wax from the bottom of the skis, should the temperate change. Of course, if you had the dreaded klister (for really wet snow or ice) on the bottom, you hoped for warm temperatures so you did not have to remove it.
About five or six years ago we bought a new par of waxable fiberglass skis. They were lighter than our wood skis, but we still did not like the waxless ones. Now we had a good system. Although I still needed to deal with wax changes, from time to time, on the trails, the klister was only on the wood skis. It never came off.
This winter we planned to buy new ski boots, but in the process started to think not only about waxless skis, but short ones as well. Why? In marginal conditions at some point on the trail you might want a warm weather wax or klister . . . and that was not something we could fix in the middle of a ski.
So, we tried a pair of short, waxless skis. They were noisy compared to the waxable skis. They still had about 40% less glide. But they were ideal for conditions that varied betweenwarm weather wax and klister. AND they were easier to turn and herringbone on than full length skis.
After 38 years, the wood skis have been retired to an honored place in the basement, with the original bamboo poles!!!
The waxable skis will come out for good snow conditions, the girlie, wussy, sissy short waxless skis (which I still apply glide wax to on the tips) will be used rest of the time.
However, now it is late March so its time to get back on the bicycle.