Man made snow rips wax out of your deck much faster than natural snow. If riding manmade all the time, I suggest something cheap/bulk(best I've found is a couple brands around $20-25/lb, shipping can make a big difference).
Waxing imho is about 50/50 performance/maintenance. The actual speed advantages are there but certainly also exist in our heads to some degree. Keeping your stick nice and saturated with wax will prevent any kind of "edge burn" and keep you in touch with the bottom of your board as you destroy it over time.
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Last edited by snowklinger; 11-28-2012 at 12:07 PM.