None of that really makes sense... I was going to say it was the snow at first but if everyone's gliding by you something's wrong.
When I scrape I tend to only scrape in one direction. And when you buff, you don't need to go crazy on it with steel wool, just a bathroom pad run from tip to tail works best, and a nylon brush if you've got it.
Again though, if they did a wax job for you on the hill and you're still "sticking" I have no idea what's going on. Were you riding through a puddle?!?