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mountainFLOW | North America's Only Plant-Based Ski Wax!

North America's #1 Plant-Based Ski-Wax! Nearly all ski wax is made from petroleum, our ski wax is made from plants!

mountainFLOW | North America's Only Plant-Based Ski Wax!

North America's #1 Plant-Based Ski-Wax! Nearly all ski wax is made from petroleum, our ski wax is made from plants!

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About

We are launching North America's only line of plant-based ski wax. For context, nearly all ski wax is made from petroleum and whatever we put on our skis quickly enters the snowpack and eventually ends up in local streams and rivers. 

Just being eco-friendly, however, is not good enough. The product has to be amazing! We have spent the past two years on R&D and have tested hundreds of different formulations. Through a proprietary blend of plant-based waxes and oils we have replicated the performance of a conventional (petroleum-based) ski wax.

Ski Wax - Grown, Not Drilled
Ski Wax - Grown, Not Drilled

PRODUCT

Plant wax is endlessly interesting as there are hundreds of plants in which a wax can be extracted. Through a proprietary combination of waxes we found the perfect attributes for a ski wax - glide, hydrophobicity, durability, and ease of application.  

Other plant-based ski waxes have been made primarily with soy.  While we do use some soy wax in our product, it makes up a small percentage of our formula. Instead we are using a combination of waxes that are faster and more durable.  

 PACKAGING 

mountainFLOW's packaging is made from 100% recycled material and is also completely biodegradable. Most ski wax is packaged in plastic containers which is also made from petroleum.

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WHERE WILL MOUNTAINFLOW'S WAX BE SOLD/USED? 

The majority of ski wax is used by ski shops both in their tune shops and for their fleet of rental skis. Rental skis are tuned every night and thus these shops use a considerable amount of wax. We have been in conversations with some of the largest retailers and ski resorts in the country!

Of course, ski wax is also used by skiers and snowboarders who tune their own equipment. Nothing beats going out to the garage (with a couple of beers 😄) to get your skis or board tuned up for a powder day!

QUICK WAX LESSON

Where does wax come from?

  •  Most wax is made from petroleum - including the majority of candle wax
  • The difference between candle wax and ski wax, is that ski wax is introduced directly into the environment

How does ski wax work?

  • Ski wax provides a lubricating buffer between the sharp snow crystals and the ski base.  
  • Instead of directly abrading the base, resulting in the fury white appearance of a dry ski, the snow crystals are able to pull very small layers of wax out of the base.
  • Ultimately, it is the act of pulling wax out of the porous ski base material that provides glide.
  • In other words, whatever you put on your skis, quickly ends up in the snowpack. 

Why isn't everyone using plant-based ski wax? 

  • Individual plant waxes, on their own, don't work well as a ski wax.
  • The art and science involves identifying the correct type of waxes and then dialing in the exact ratios.
  • The wax formulation process is not easy, but over the past two years we have developed a product that is wicked fast and durable!

PERFORMANCE

SPEED | We used professional race timing equipment to run a series of speed tests. We conducted the tests on different courses, in different snow conditions, and with different skiers. In each of these tests, mountainFLOW's plant-based wax performed just as well as a conventional (petroleum-based) ski wax.

DURABILITY | Last spring we sent more than 100 samples to be tested by ski industry professionals and the feedback was very consistent "We love this wax!" Testers agreed that the wax lasted for 4-6 days, which is the industry standard for durability. 

 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF SKI WAX 

Most ski wax is made from petroleum which means that we are drilling oil to make it. Petroleum-based wax is a by-product of the refining process and starts out as a blackish-gray sludge. This sludge is then bleached and chemically modified to produce something that resembles a "traditional" bar of wax.

In addition to petroleum, high-end ski waxes are often made with fluorocarbons. Fluorocarbons are a known carcinogen and are referred to as the "forever chemical" due to their inability to biodegrade in nature.

Recently, the EPA has actually begun an investigation into a number of ski wax importers. The EPA requested a comprehensive list of ingredients before allowing the wax to enter the US market. This investigation has brought more awareness around the environmental impacts of traditional ski wax and has also re-emphasized the need for a truly eco-friendly option, such as mountainFLOW's plant-based wax. 

Risks and challenges

All of mountainFLOW's products are sourced and made right here in the United States. So while we don't expect any delays in production, there is always a chance that the product delivery may be delayed.

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Reusability and recyclability

mountainFLOW's unique packaging is made from 100% recycled material and is completely biodegradable.

Sustainable materials

mountainFLOW's wax is made from plant-based waxes and oils and our product is 100% biodegradable.

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