MOUNTAIN JOURNEY | Snow Shed: A Must-Have for Backcountry Skiers

Snow Shed Wax Anti Stick Spray Eliminates Snow And Ice Build Up On Your Skis, Skins, And Bindings

Do you ever have those days in the skin track where your top sheets and skins start to glop up? Lugging snow and ice uphill or downhill is super annoying and it can quickly become a frustrating day ender. Until now…

Snow Shed is the answer we’ve all been patiently waiting for. Born in the Elk Mountains of Colorado, Snow Shed Wax is a simple way to save energy, boost efficiency, and increase your overall enjoyment of the mountains. It’s a simple solution to a problem that’s given backcountry skiers and splitboarders an on-going headache: unwanted snow and ice build up on your skis, skins, and bindings.

Apply a bit of Snow Shed Anti Stick Spray to your gear before you head into the mountains and you’ll never have to make an exhausting kick, stomp, or scrap move in the skin track to shed heavy snow again. With Snow Shed on your gear, you’ll be able to go deeper, faster, and longer.

Snow Shed Wax is a water-based, silicone lubricant that comes in a small, portable 4 oz. spray bottle. This anti-stick spray consists of a specially formulated milky white fluid that creates an ultra thin hydrophobic layer on your skis and skins. By creating a slippery surface, you won’t see any snow and ice bond to your skis, which means you’re not carrying extra weight uphill or downhill.

A bottle of Snow Shed Wax costs only $14.00 and is available online at or at select outdoor retailers. According to Snow Shed inventor, Peter Arlein, a single bottle will work for about 50 applications. Grab some and use it regularly. It’s a game changer for both backcountry skiers and resort chargers who want better ski performance.

Using Snow Shed Wax’s Anti Stick Spray is super simple Apply it from the comfort of your tune room when your skis are clean, warm, and dry. Here’s how to use it on your top sheets:

  1. Spray Snow Shed Wax on your top sheets
  2. Spread evenly with non-absorbent cloth
  3. Let skis dry while you drink beer
  4. Buff it out in circular motion
  5. Apply 2nd coat if necessary
  6. Go skiing!

For applying Snow Shed Wax to climbing skins and tech bindings:

  1. Spray onto cloth and wipe into skins and/or bindings
  2. Let dry
  3. Go for a ski tour

One quick tip: Store Snow Shed Wax at room temperature so it doesn’t freeze. Freezing won’t damage it, but you will have to wait until it thaws to use it and that would be a bummer.

As you can see, it’s super simple and well worth the effort. Plus, Snow Shed Wax is environmentally friendly. It’s OSHA certified to be non-hazardous and biodegradable, so you can feel good about using it before any adventure.

Add a bottle of Snow Shed Wax to your tune kit. You won’t regret it. Just remember to share with your friends so that you don’t have to wait all day.

FYI – This might be the ultimate stocking stuffer!