FIS BANS SOME SKI WAXES
6th December 2019
Last modified on February 19th, 2020
Flourinated ski wax will not be able to be used by racers next season due to its impact on the environment and health.
The International Ski Federation has been pressed to ban such wax and has now accepted its damaging impact.
“The use of fluorinated ski waxes, which have been shown to have negative environmental and health impact were banned for all FIS disciplines from the 2020-21 season,” the organisation said in a statement.
“A specialist FIS Working Group led by FIS Experts Atle Skarrdal (Alpine Skiing) and Pierre Mignerey (Cross-Country) including the ski and wax industry will be formed to establish regulations and control procedures.”
Wax is an integral part of the sport, helping racers glide with extra speed.
Recently, more environmentally friendly ski waxes have come onto the market.
The chemicals found in waxes go into the snow and then percolate down to the ground and into groundwater systems.
They can damage the wild habitat and human water supplies.
Racers have a year to test before the new rules go into effect.
Here at PlanetSKI we encourage recreational skiers to take note and use an environmentally friendly ski wax where possible.