Slalom ski wax has been a major concern for skiers in recent years.
But the ski wax manufacturer has not always been so strict.
For instance, in 2013, the manufacturer was forced to shut down production of its wax after a fatality at the Santa Barbara International Ski and Snowboard Festival.
That year, a skier died in a freak accident at the Mountain View, California ski resort.
According to a video of the incident posted to YouTube by skier Brian Johnson, an employee of Slaloms waxer in 2014 left a skit during the event without telling customers what was going on.
“He was making sure that everyone knew what was happening and not telling us the full story,” Johnson said in the video.
“I don’t know if he did something bad, but he should have been aware of that.”
The video shows a skipper at the time, Rob Cossette, taking a selfie with a wax machine in his hand while waiting for the machine to finish cleaning the waxer’s machine.
He then walks over to a booth where he takes a photo of the machine and says, “I’m going to use this machine to get wax on my back,” while showing the wax machine to a nearby employee.
“Oh, this is great,” the employee replies.
“Thank you very much,” Cossine replies.
The skier then walks away from the booth.
According the Skier Safety Center, wax machines are generally safe to use for a short period of time.
In a statement, the company said, “Safety is our highest priority and our safety record is extremely positive.
The Safety and Quality Division is working closely with the Skiers and Snowboards Safety Advisory Board to identify and investigate any incidents related to waxing machines.”
But safety experts have said waxing is more than just an industry issue, and that the company could have done more to warn its customers.
“Waxing is one of the most dangerous industries in terms of fatalities,” Dr. Scott Hargrave, an associate professor of emergency medicine at New York University School of Medicine, told ABC News.
“There is no safe way to wax a snowboard.
You can’t just leave your machine in the parking lot and leave it there.”
He added that the skier’s waxing accident, and other incidents involving wax machines, is proof that waxing has not been adequately regulated.
“What’s really unfortunate about waxing, especially in California, is that a lot of the wax manufacturers have been so lax and they’ve not really regulated it at all,” Hargrey said.
“We’re in the midst of an industrial revolution in this industry.”
In January 2018, Skier magazine reported that the number of skiers waxing was up 30% from 2015 to 2020.
But many industry experts say that wax is not just a luxury product and that safety should be a top priority.
“If waxing can be a way to get a snowboarding session done, why shouldn’t the same be true for skiing?” said Scott McNeill, a professor of sports management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“For every accident that happens on a snow board, it’s likely that there’s one involving a ski wax machine.”
He also noted that waxes are an extremely safe product, especially for those with very small or weak joints.
“It’s a much safer way to groom the skin than any other product on the market,” McNeill said.