Several people have questioned their glide wax in the last week. Currently at Beaver Creek its pretty simple: the snow temperatures have been holding steady in a range from 14F (morning) to 28F in the afternoon. The afternoon snow is picking up a little solar warming in micro-pockets after 1 PM, but most of the snow remains dry and old at about 28F.
So, for waxing: if you plan to ski before about 1 PM, go with Swix HC7 or LF7, or Toko Red series. If you want to put a base layer of one of the ‘black’ waxes on, that would help with the abrasive properties of the dirty snow. For afternoon skiing, simply go with a softer wax, such as the Swix HC8/LF8 or Toko Yellow mixed with Red. The black underlayer is always a good safe addition.
If you are not a self-waxer, head down to Gannett Peak Sports and let the pros down there prep your skis. Its only a few dollars, and you and your skis will be appreciative.
Put simply: its old machine groomed snow at about 22F, with a little dirt in it, with warming in the afternoon.
Even “waxless skis” benefit from glide wax applications.