Can You Use Skateboard Wax on a Snowboard?

While it’s technically possible to use skateboard wax on a snowboard, you really don’t want to do this. These waxes are designed for different purposes, and skateboard wax will not give you the same performance and protection as snowboard wax. 

I’m a lifelong snowboarder who has been riding for decades. I like to keep all of my boards in good condition, and a big part of this is knowing how to wax them up properly. 

I’ll tell you why you shouldn’t use skateboard wax on a snowboard in this post. Even if that’s all you have or you want to experiment, this is always a bad idea. 

Let’s jump in.

Skateboard Wax vs. Snowboard Wax

Skateboard wax and snowboard wax are not the same. So you don’t want to use skateboard wax on your snowboard or snowboard wax on your skateboard. Even if you’ve seen someone do this, it’s not a good idea. 

While both of these waxes have somewhat of a similar purpose (they both help the board slide better), they are not the same formula and won’t give you good performance when used outside of their intended board. 

Skateboard wax isn’t really designed to be used in cold conditions

It also doesn’t have the same water-repelling properties as snowboard wax. Skate wax will help your board slide on rails and curbs by making your deck more slippery.

Snowboard wax is specially designed to be used in cold conditions

It also has properties that help keep your board in good shape by preventing water and moisture from entering the core. This wax is essential to your performance in the snow and the protection of your board. 

Skate wax is usually rub-on style wax. You get a chunk of it and rub it over the bottom of your board for easy application. Snowboard wax needs to be ironed on because it must be melted to give you proper coverage over the entire base. 

If you try to use skateboard wax on your snowboard, you will run into issues

You might be able to rub it on there, but you most likely aren’t going to get even coverage. And even if you do, the wax won’t give you the same glide and water protection. 

The Importance of Snowboard Wax

If you’ve ever ridden on a board without much wax, you know just how important it is. Without wax, you don’t slide the same down the snow. This can cause your board to stick in the snow, and if you do it for long enough, you can damage the board. 

Snowboard wax is available in multiple temperature options to give you the best performance in the conditions you are riding in. You can match your wax to the temperature for optimal riding characteristics. 

Skateboard wax only comes in one style, and it’s not going to help your snowboard ride down the mountain.    


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions related to if you can use skateboard wax on a snowboard. 

Can you use any wax on a snowboard? 

No, you can’t use any wax on a snowboard. While it’s possible to melt just about anything you want onto your base, only snowboard wax will give you the proper slide, glide, and protection from moisture. Never use any other kind of wax. 

What kind of wax can I use on my snowboard? 

You want to use snowboard-specific wax only. There are many different brands of this, and you might need to explore a bit to find your favorite. You can also choose between different temperatures of snowboard wax depending on the conditions you are riding in. 

Can you use surf wax on a snowboard? 

No, you can’t use surf wax on a snowboard. Surf wax and snowboard wax serve entirely different purposes. Surf wax is designed to give you grip and traction on the top of your board. Snowboard wax is designed to give you slide and protection on the bottom of your board. 


Even though it is possible to rub skateboard wax on the bottom of your snowboard, it won’t help your board perform properly in the snow. Always use snowboard wax and learn how to apply it correctly for the best function and protection. 

About Lorraine
I'm a certified snowboard instructor. My first experience with snowboarding occurred at an indoor resort. One run had me hooked, and it has turned into a lifelong passion ever since then. I'm here to share with you some of the tips and advice I have learned along the way.

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