thanks for the tips on the dried out base. I've got another question, and I feel it's better put here than making a new thread.
Should a nice hot waxed, scraped, brushed base result in a:
1) very thin layer of wax covering the texture of the base, so wax is the only material physically contacting the snow?
2) wax woven (figuratively) into the base, so both wax and the base material are in contact with the snow?
This would be much help for me to determine how much to scrape after a hot wax. Thanks!