Feb
17
12:00 PM12:00

AMH Anchorage Cup Sven Johannsen Race, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

Freestyle. 30/10/5/3K distances. Wave start. 12 noon 30K start.

www.anchoragenordicski.com/amh-anchorage-cup-series for more information and course map.

Forecast/conditions: Cold nights in days leading up to Sunday, warming Saturday snow likely and highs in the 20s. Saturday night snow likely, lows in the 20s. Sunday snows likely, highs 25-35.

Glidewax:

Baselayer: LF8 or MF8 Blue, or if minimal new snow BM6 moly-fluor.

*if temperatures looks like it will warm to mid/upper 20s or low 30s then use option #1. If temps look like they are staying closer to 20, with Saturday overnight low in teens, then use option #2.

Glide Option #1: Warmer, mid/upper 20s, low 30s.

Option #1 Glider: HF6 or HFxt6 Purple. Possibly blend HF6 and HF8 for a little harder wax layer for 30K racers.

Option #1 Topcoat: HF11 block, ironed through a sheet of fiberlene, with a 2nd layer hand- or roto-corked. Alternate fluor: HF7 powder ironed, brushed-up, then ironed again. Hand- or roto-cork, let cool, and then brush completely. HFxt Red Finishing Gel on top of the HF11 or HF7 will be an excellent final layer, or can be used instead of those two for an easier quicker application of topcoat.

Glide Option #2: Colder, lower 20s:

Option #2 Glider: HF8 or HFxt Blue.

Option #2 Topcoat: HF11 and HF13 blocks rubbed on, and ironed together through a sheet of fiberlene. Let cool, and hand- or roto-cork. Rub on another layer of HF11, and hand-cork. Brush and polish.

HFxt Blue Finishing Gel will also be an excellent, either used alone on top of glider, or on top of the HF11/HF13 combo. Hand or roto-cork. Brush and polish.

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Feb
16
11:30 AM11:30

Tour of Tsalteshi, Tsalteshi Trails, Soldotna, AK

20K Skate and 20K Classic races, and 40K Skate race. 11:30 race start.

Forecast/conditions: Friday high near 20F, Northeast wind around 5mph. Friday night, snow, mainly after midnight. Low around 17F. Northeast wind around 5mph. Saturday 80% chance of new snow, high near 26.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 or MF8 Blue

Glide: HF6 Purple.

Topcoat: HF11 block, ironed through a sheet of fiberlene, then hand-corked and brushed, and/or HFxt Purple FInishing Gel.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply a thin layer of Base Wax, ironed. Cork smooth after cooling. Apply 1-2 layers of Synthetic Blue wax over the Base. Apply 3 more layers of RF Red, with the final layer shorter and primarily under the ball of the foot and a little in front of the toe. If necessary, apply a thin layer of RF Blue or FHF80 Blue on top to speed up the glide qualities without adversely affecting the grip.

Alt Grip for: After apply the Base Wax and Synthetic Blue, apply 2-3 layers of Tar Red, again going short on the 3rd layer, applying primarily under the ball of the foot and slightly in front of the toe. Apply a thin layer of Tar Blue over the top if necessary.

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Feb
8
11:30 AM11:30

Region III Championships, Classic, GPRA Trail System, Palmer, AK

Classic technique

Base: LF6 or MF6 Purple

Glide: HF4 Red

Topcoat (if allowed): HF11 Block, crayoned on and roto- or hand corked. Also ok to iron through a sheet of fiberlene, but hand cork after base cools, and rub a 2nd layer of fluor block, hand corking and brushing.

Grip: Clean and sand bases. Apply a thin layer of Base Wax, and then a layer of Synthetic Blue, ironing the two together. Let cool, and cork smooth. Clean excess from groove and edges. Apply a 2nd layer of Synthetic Blue, then two layers of RF Red, corking between layers. For better glide, apply a thin layer of RF Blue or FHF80 Blue.

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Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Besh Cup JNQ#6, Jim Whisenhant Trails, Birch Hill, Fairbanks, AK

Sunday, February 3. 11am race start. 10K/5K/3K/1K race distances. Freestyle. Mass start. http://www.crosscountryalaska.org/2019/01/23/conocophillips-besh-cup-races-5-6-birch-hill-fairbanks/

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 or SG10 Green

Glider: MF10 or HF10 Green.

Topcoat: HF13 is more likely today with warming temps, but still test against HF10 and MF10 alone.

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Feb
3
10:30 AM10:30

Alaska Ski for Women, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

Sunday, Feb 3, 10: 30am Duathlon, 10:35am Freestyle, 11am Classic. 3.8K loop, wave start. www.anchoragenordicski.com/events/alaska-ski-for-women/

Forecast/conditions: Saturday night mostly cloudy, chance of snow. Overnight lows 0F to 10above. Sunday high in the teens. Snow is transformed, granular. New snow from earlier in the week mixed in with old, aggressive snow.

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 or SG10 Green, scraped and brushed.

Glider: LF8/MF8/HF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: HF11 Block or HFxt Blue Finishing Gel

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply Base Wax, or Base Spray Klister. Apply 4 layers of Synthetic Blue.


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Feb
2
11:00 AM11:00

Besh Cup JNQ #5, Jim Whisenhant Trails, Birch Hill, Fairbanks AK

http://www.crosscountryalaska.org/2019/01/23/conocophillips-besh-cup-races-5-6-birch-hill-fairbanks/

Classic Sprint. Qualifiers start at 11am.

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

Glider MF10 Green

Topcoat: HF13 block is a possibility, but probably not likely to add much. Test against MF10 without topcoat.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Iron on a thin layer of Synthetic Green. Apply 3-4 layers of Synthetic Black or Tar Black, corking between layers. If more grip needed, apply Synthetic Green or Tar Green under the toe.

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Jan
27
12:01 PM12:01

AMH Anchorage Cup Moose's Tooth Classic, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

Noon start, 25/15/5/3k race distances. Wave start by distance. www.anchoragenordicski.com/amh-anchorage-cup-series/

**Updated 1/26/19, 5:30pm.

Well, after some back and forth, the race is Classic again!

Forecast/conditions: Mixed rain and snow combined with winds and upper 30s temps on Wed and Thursday will leave the track transformed and icy in places. Cooling temps Friday NIght, with rain and snow likely. A high of 34 Saturday, combined with a low Saturday night of 24 will firm up the course, with transformed, granular snow. Significant debris from trees in track.

Glidewax: For aggressive, dirty snow, we should apply BM6 Molybdenum-fluor wax first as a base, scrape and brush. Then apply FHF4 Purple (-1..-6C) or HF4 Red (0..-4C), scrape and brush.

Topcoat: Many options will run fast, with FHF11 block rubbed on and ironed through a sheet of fiberlene being an excellent option. The new HFxt Red Finishing Gel performed very well in testing today. Rubbing on a 2nd layer and hand-corking is recommended, and polishing with a designated nylon polishing brushes.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply a thin layer of Base Klister ironed in, or Base Spray. Cover with Special Klister, thin layer, then a Universal Wide Klister layer. Possible to cover at the last with a layer of Oslo Racing Purple Special or FHF40 (can chilled to ease application).

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Jan
26
11:00 AM11:00

ASD High School Race, Skiathlon, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

11AM race start, wave start. 5K Classic + 5K Skate.

Forecast/conditions: Friday rain likely , then rain and snow likely in the afternoon. Friday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 27. South winds 10-15mph. Saturday partly sunny, high near 34. Southeast wind 10-15mph.

Glidewax: Apply BM6 moly fluor or Magic 8 non-fluor wax, and scrape and brush. Apply HF4 Red, scrape and brush. MF4 or LF4 will be good as well if no HF.

Topcoat: HF11 Block with HF1 liquid roto-corked together, and brushed.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply Blue Klister in a thin layer. Apply Special Klister (+2..-2C) and Universal Wide Klister 50/50. Add several drops of Red Klister underfoot for more grip.

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Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Besh Cup JNQ #4, Tsalteshi Trails, Skyview Middle School, Soldotna, AK

11am race start. Classic Interval Start, 1K/3K/5K/10K races. www.crosscountryalaska.org

Forecast/conditions: Saturday night clear skies, low of -1F. Sunday mostly sunny, high of 10F. Old, transformed snow.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 or MF10 Green, scrape and brush. Apply HF10 Green, scrape and brush with metal, horsehair and stiff nylon brushes. For topcoat, crayon a layer of HF13 block, ironing through a sheet of fiberlene. Let cool, and hand-cork. After hand-corking apply a 2nd layer of HF13, and hand-cork again. Let ski cool, and polish with designated fluor polishing brush. Re-brush after testing/warming up.

Gripwax: Clean and sand bases. Apply a thin layer of Base hardwax. Apply 4 thin layers of Start Synthetic Green. Finish with a thin layer of Oslo Racing Super Green, corked lightly.

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Jan
19
11:00 AM11:00

Buetow Dental/Pangaea Distance Series Race #2, Whisenhant Trails, Birch Hill, Fairbanks, AK

20K/10K distance options, Classic technique. Mass start, all classes and distances at 11am.

Glidewax: SG10 Green, scraped and brushed. Then apply LF10, scrape and brush with metal, horsehair and nylon brush. No topcoats.

Grip. Clean and sand bases. Apply a thin layer of Base wax, ironed smooth. Clean edges and grooves. Apply 4-5 thin layers of Start Synthetic Black, shortening the layers to make a pyramid underfoot.

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Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

Besh Cup JNQ #3, Skate Sprint, Tsalteshi Ski Trails, Skyview Middle School, Soldotna, AK

Qualifiers start 10am, interval start format. Heats for age classes and open after qualifiers. www.crosscountryalask.org for more details.

Forecast/conditions: Friday high 19, with patchy freezing fog. Friday night low of 10F. Saturday partly sunny, with a high of around 15F. Snow temp not likely to change quickly.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 or MF10 Green, and scrape and brush. Apply HF10 Green, scrape and brush with metal, horsehair and stiff nylon brush.

Topcoat: Rub on a layer of HF13 block, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. After ski has cooled, hand-cork and after ski has cooled, polish with a designated fluor polishing brush. Brush out after testing/warming up. For heats, re-brush and apply another layer of HF13 block, hand-corking it in, before first heat, and between heats.

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Jan
19
12:00 AM00:00

Tri-Flake Winter Triathlon, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

Saturday, January 19th. Noon race Start. Run/bike/ski. Individual and team formats. Freestyle technique for ski leg, 2 x around a 3K loop.

More info online: http://www.alaskatriathlon.org/events/triflake-winter-triathlon-home/

Forecast/conditions: Friday will have a high of 20, with a low of 11F. Saturday will have a probably low of 4F in the morning, and then climbing only to around 7F by midday. Partly sunny. Snow will be cold, transformed, and firm but not icy. Pisten-bully groomed. Tree debris mixed in.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green or Magic Green non-fluorinated molybdenum wax, scrape and brush. Apply MF10 Green or HF10 Green, scrape and brush with metal, horsehair and stiff nylon brush. For topcoat, crayon a thin layer of HF13 block onto the ski base, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. Let ski cool, and hand-cork, vigorously. Let ski cool again, and polish with a designated nylon brush.

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Jan
13
12:00 PM12:00

AMH Anchorage Cup Series Hickock Skiathlon, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

5k CL/5k SK, or 3k CL/3k SK mass start.

Forecast/conditions: Saturday night mostly cloudy, lows 15-25F. Saturday highs . Sunday mostly cloudy, a chance of snow. Temps mid 20s to 30s. Snow should still be cold from very low temps over the preceding week. Cold snow combined with warming air conditions could make the RH at the tracks higher than anticipated, so higher fluors could make a real difference.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 or MF10 Green, and scrape will still warm. Brush and apply HF8 Blue, scraping while still warm. Brush with metal and stiff nylon brushes.

Topcoat: Rub on HF11 block, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. Handcork after cooling. It is also possible that HF3 liquid Roto corked together with the HF11 block could yield excellent results.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply a thin layer of Base Wax with torch or iron. Apply Oslo Racing Blue Extra (cool Oslo waxes previously for ease of application). Cover with FHF60.

Alternate Grip: Base Wax, thin layer. Apply 2 layers Synthetic Blue, then 2 layers of Synthetic Purple (1…-3C) Cover with Tar Blue for better glide.

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Jan
13
11:00 AM11:00

KINROSS Ft. Knox Town Series Race #3, Wooly Rhino Classic, Birch Hill Recreation Area, Fairbanks, AK

**Rescheduled from January 12 to the 13th due to extreme cold temps on the original race day.

New race date: January 13th, 11am races start. Mass start for elementary races, Interval start all others.

Kindergarten-1st grade-2nd grade classes (1km), followed by 3rd and 4th grade classes (1.5km), and 5th and 6th grade classes (2km). Middle school skiers will go 2.5Km, Women will go 7.5Km and high school and adult men will go 10Km.

More information here: www.nscfairbanks.org/programs/races/town-series/town-series-3/

Forecast/conditions: Extreme cold conditions on Saturday will warm up to just cold conditions on Sunday.

Glidewax: LF10 Green, scraped and brushed. Apply MF10 Green, scraped and brushed.

Gripwax: Apply Base Wax thinly. Let cool, and Apply 4-5 thin layers of Synthetic Black wax. Finish with a thin layer of Tar Black.

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Dec
30
10:00 AM10:00

Icicle Double Day 2, Freestyle, December 30, Govt. Peak Recreation Area, Palmer, AK

Freestyle; 11am race start for 30k distance, 12noon for 15k, 12:05 for 5k. Mass start format.

Conditions/forecast: Cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. High 27F. Winds NE at 5-10mph. Chance of snow 50%, accumulation less than 1”. 22F at race time, with an overnight low of 13F.

Glide: Apply LF8 Blue, scrape while still warm, and brush. Apply HF8 Blue or HFxt Blue, scrape will still warm, and brush with metal and hard nylon. For topcoat, HF9 powder, ironed and brushed after cooling. Hand-cork after brushing, and polish. Alt: Apply HF13 rubbed on and corked either by itself, or on top of HF9 powder. IF applying HF13 by itself as topcoat, ironing through a fiberlene sheet is a good method, but recommend hand-corking after cooling.

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Dec
29
10:00 AM10:00

Icicle Double Day 1 Classic, December 29, Govt. Peak Recreation Area, Palmer, AK

Classic technique; mass start format: 30k Start time: 11am, 15k start 12noon, 5k 12:05pm.

More info at Matsuski.org/icicle-double

“**Check back for updates Friday the 28th, especially for grip waxing

Forecast/conditions: Snow during the morning will transition to snow showers during the afternoon.. High of 21F, overnight low of 19-20. Chance of snow: 90%. 1-3 inches of accumulation. Mix of new snow on top of of old, but non-abrasive snow. Softer tracks expected. Humidity 80%+.

Glidewax: Iron on LF8 Blue, scraping while still warm, and brushing. Apply HF8 Blue or HFxt Blue, scrape while still warm, and brush with metal, then stiff nylon brush. For topcoat, rub on HF13 block, and root-cork or iron through fiberlene. If using ironing method, let cool and hand cork before brushing and polishing. Alt topcoat: HF9 Powder, ironed, brushed and polished, with a layer of HF13 rubbed on and hand-corked over the top.

Gripwax: Apply Base mixed with Synthetic Blue (dab on Base, then rub Blue over, then iron the two together). Apply 3 layers of Synthetic Blue, then cover with a layer of Tar Green. Alt: Three layers of Blue on top of base application, covered with several layers of RF Blue. FHF80 Blue to cover.

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Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Besh Cup JN Qualifer #2, Freestyle, Ind. Start;Govt. Peaks Rec. Area, Palmer AK

Freestyle, Individual Start: 1st races start at 11am. U18+M: 10k; 18+F 5k; U16M 5k; U16F 3.75k; U14M & F: 3.75k; U12F & M 2.5k; U08/10: 1.0k.

Forecast/Conditions: Highs 19-21F, snow showers expected by 8am, getting heavier by noon through 2pm. 1-3” snow expected. NNE wind 5-10mph.

Glidewax: Base of LF10 Green, scraped while still warm and brushed. Apply MF8 Blue or HF8 Blue, scraped while still warm, and brushed with metal then stiff nylon brush.

Topcoat: Apply HFxt Gel Finisher Blue, then hand or rotocork and brush. Alternate: HF13 bloc, hand or rotocorked, and brushed.

Structure: Fine, linear.

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Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

Besh Cup JN Qualifer #1, CL Ind. Start, Govt. Peaks Rec. Area, Palmer, AK

Interval Start, Classic. 11am start time. U18+M: 15k (7.5x2); 18+F: 10k (5x2);U16 M & F: 5km; U14M & F:3.75k; U08-10: 1k

Conditions: New fresh snow, partly cloudy. High of 21. Winds NNE 5-10mph.

Glidewax: Apply base of LF10 Green, scrape while still warm, and brush. Apply MF8 or HF8 Blue, scraping while still warm. Brush with metal brush, then stiff nylon brush.

For topcoat, apply FHXT Gel Finisher Blue, hand corking or roto-corking, then brush. Alternate: HF13 block, hand or rotocorked, then brushed.

Gripwax: Apply Basewax mixed with Blue Grip, ironed together. Apply 3-4 layers Blue, then a cover layer of RF Blue.

Structure: Cold/fine linear.

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Mar
17
to Mar 24

Oosik Classic, Mile 10 of Talkeetna Spur Road, Talkeetna, Alaska

Friday a.m., 3-16-2017: Preliminary waxing recommendation, check back later Friday for possible tweaks! 

On race day, check in at the AMH tent at the race start for neutral on-site waxing support. 

50/25K Classic race, Mass start.  Noon Start for 50K; 12:30pm start for 25k. Single loop.

Forecast conditions: Light snow began falling faround 6pm Thursday, still falling Friday morning by 8am. Temps remained around 31F most of the night.  Rain/snow mix expected Friday, expected highs of 36F. Friday night/Saturday morning low of 25F, with rain/snow mix changing to isolated snow showers overnight. Saturday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 40F, with isolated snow showers before 10am. Race-time air temp of 32F expected, climbing to close to 40 by 3pm. Humidity expected to be in 80s and 90s. One lap course set and packed via snow-machine, so soft conditions are likely.

*Note: The course profile for the Oosik is relatively flat, so it will be important not to over-kickwax  for the race.  Additionally, it will most likely be soft conditions due to the recent snow falls, and the  snow-machine grooming, so have your biggest baskets on your poles!

Glidewax: Updated Friday A.M. 3/16/18  *Friday P.M. no changes to glide wax

Option 1: 3-Layer with 100% fluor top coat. 

Base: LF8 or MF8 Blue (-6..-12C), scraped and brushed. 

Glide: FHF4 (-1..-6C) or HF4 Red (0..-3C) scraped and brushed. 

Topcoat: HF5 Powder (+5..-3C) ironed, Roto-corked, and brushed out thoroughly. Re-brush with horse-hair or hard nylon before race start. Alternative: Substitute HF11 Block (5...-10C)for HF5 powder, ironed on through fiberlene and roto-corked, then brushed thoroughly. Re-brush before race start.

Option 2: 2-layer with HF Top Coat

Base: LF8 Blue (-6..-12C), ironed in 2x, (letting the wax cool between ironings), then scraped and brushed. 

Glide: HF4 Red, Scraped and brushed. Re-brush with horsehair or hard nylon before race start.

Option 3: 2 Layer with MF Top Coat

Base: LF8 Blue (-6..-12C), ironed in 2x, (letting the wax cool between ironings), then scraped and brushed. 

Glide: MF Red, Scraped and brushed. Re-brush with horsehair or hard nylon before race start.

 

Gripwax: Updated Friday 7:30 P.M., 3/16/18

*It is entirely possible that Skin skis will be the easiest, most efficient ski to use in the conditions expected on Saturday. An alternative would be to make your own "Hairies" in the grip zone by applying sandpaper (ranging from 150-180grit), torching it quickly to stiffen the hairs, and apply a liquid fluorocarbon like HF0, or hand-working in a fluor powder like HF5, to lubricate the hairs.  The fluor liquid may need to be reapplied during the race, but it can be amazingly effective in difficult-to-wax conditions like are anticipated, with the only downside being durability. 

Base: Rough up grip-zone with 150grit sandpaper after cleaning the base thoroughly. Apply a thin layer Start Base Klister, heating it in with an iron, and let cool. Smooth with a cork, then apply a layer of Start Synthetic Blue. 

Grip: Apply 2 layers of RF Violet. Then apply 2 layers of Start Oslo Racing Extra Blue, dabbing and twisting it on the grip zone, and then corking smooth. If too much grip, apply a layer of Tar Blue. If not enough grip, apply a short layer of Oslo Racing Super (Purple, 2..-3C). *Start Black Magic Molybdenum Fluor can also be an excellent finishing or blending wax to increase the adaptability of the wax job in what will likely be variable conditions. 

Klister option/possibility: After roughing up base, apply a thin layer of Start Base Klister. After cooling, apply a layer of Start Special Klister (+2..-2C) and let cool. Then, apply a layer of Oslo Racing Special Purple, using the dab and twist method to apply. To speed up, apply a layer of Oslo Racing Extra Blue as a final layer, or Start Tar Blue.  Remember to use a shorter kick zone for the klister application to keep your skis from dragging.

*Remember to check in at a vendor tent at the race start for on-site wax recommendations.

 

 

 

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Mar
10
9:30 AM09:30

Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon, McNeill Canyon Trail System, Homer, AK

9:30 am 42/25k, 10am 13k Tour; Freestyle, Mass Start

Forecast/conditions: Significant snowfall, up to a foot Thursday and an inch on Friday. Overnight lows Friday night of 21. Race start 26, Cloudy, 70% humidity.

Glidewax: 

Base: LF8 Blue, scrape and brush

Glide: HF6 Violet (-2..-7C), scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: HF7 (-2..-7C) fluor powder, ironed and brushed, or HF11 block (5...-10C) crayoned on the base and ironed through a sheet of fiberlene, then brushed and polished. Rebrush before racing.

Gripwax:

Base: Iron on a layer of Start Base wax. Cork smooth.  Apply two layers of Start Synthetic Blue

Glide: Apply a layer of RF Violet, then a layer of RF Red. Then, apply RF Red and Black Magic Fluor, blending them together to provide a top layer that will adjust better as the temps rise. 

 

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Mar
4
9:30 AM09:30

2018 Tour of Anchorage, 50/40/25K, Skate and Classic (Classic 25K only)

Final Wax Recommendation as of Saturday evening, March 3. 

50/40/25km distances, wave starts. 50K Freestyle waves start at Service High School, 9:30am; 40K Freestyle waves start at Service High School at 10:30am;  25k Classic waves start at APU at 11:00am, 25k Freestyle waves start at APU at Noon.

more info at: www.anchoragenordicski.com/races/tour-of-anchorage/

Forecast/Conditions: Saturday highs of 28F, with up to 2" fresh snow having fallen. Temps Saturday night expected to drop to a low of 14, warming to 15-17F by 9:30am race time. 11am and 12am race starts should be 20-22F. 

Glidewax:

Baselayers, all races: The goal here is to put down a good durable base layer that will harden the base up to help repel dirt. 

Fast: 50 and 40k races: SG8 Blue then SG10 Green; 25k races: SG8 Blue

Faster: 50 and 40k races: LF8 Blue then LF10 Green; 25k races: LF8 Blue

Fastest: 50 and 40k races: LF8 Blue then MF10 Green; 25k races: MF8 Blue

Application of Base Layers: SG/LF8 Blue and SG/LF/MF10 Green.  First, apply a layer of SG8 or LF8 Blue glide wax. Let it cool slightly, melt a little more wax onto the base, and then iron it in again, using light pressure with the iron. Repeat this process once or twice more. Then, while the base is still warm, scrape the wax with a sharp plastic scraper, shaving the wax off, not chipping it. Brush lightly with a metal brush. Next, apply a layer of SG/LF/MF10 Green.  Use a hot iron (around 150C) so that the wax melts quickly (using an iron that is too cool means you spend more time ironing the ski back and forth, risking base damage).  Don't try to get all the wax melted the first time running the iron down the ski.  It may take 3 runs with the iron down the ski to get the wax properly melted into the ski. While the base is still warm (but not hot), scrape the groove first and then scrape the Green wax, again using a sharp plastic scraper and light to medium pressure, and shave the wax off the ski.  Brush with a metal brush several times, and then scrub with a hard nylon brush. 

Race Glider:

Note: We have updated the wax recommendation to reflect a warmer temperature prediction, with lows Saturday and Sunday to be in the mid-teens, with highs in the mid-20s.

Fast: 50k and 40k Races: LF8 Blue; 25k Races:  LF6 Violet 

Faster: 50k and 40k Races: MF8 Blue; 25k Races: MF6 Violet

Fastest: 50k and 40k Races: HF8 Blue; 25k Races: HF6 Violet; 

Glide Application: Select the fluorination level of wax of your choice, whether LF, MF, or HF. Apply a layer of the wax to your base, again making sure the iron is hot enough so that the wax melts quickly. Once the wax is melted sufficiently into the base, wait just until the base is warm, but not hot, and scrape using the same technique as above. Make sure to scrape your groove first!  Next, brush with a fine steel or copper  brush, then switch to a horsehair brush, finishing with a hard nylon brush.  The base structure should be exposed, and there should be very little wax being brushed off the ski base anymore.

Top Pure Fluor layer(s): 

Fast: All Races: HF11 Pure Fluor Block (+5...-10C)

Faster: All Races: HF7 Powder (-2...-7C)

Fastest: All Races: HF7 Powder, then HF11 Block

Top Application: Remember, apply fluorocarbons in a well ventilated area, and preferably with a filtration or purifier mask.

HF11 Block (5...-10C): Crayon a thin layer of the HF11  on the base.  With the iron at 150C, take a sheet of fiberlene, and hold it between the iron and the base. Run the iron slowly (up to a minute) and continuously down the ski base from tip to tail. If your bases aren't flat, then run the iron down one side of the groove, and then the other.  Let the ski cool, and then apply another thin layer of HF11 to the base. Iron it the same as before. After letting the base cool, take a designated fluor natural cork and vigorously cork the base, or use a Roto-cork. This will stretch the fluorine molecules out and make the block faster right away. Brush out with a designated fluor horsehair brush, then a hard nylon, and finish with a soft nylon brush. Polish with fiberlene.

HF7 Powder: Sprinkle an even layer of powder onto the base, both sides of the groove. Use enough so that the iron won't be coming into too much direct contact with the base. Using an iron with a temperature of 150C, tamp the powder lightly down onto the ski base. Then, run the iron down one side of the groove, and then the other (this will ensure proper application of the powder even on skis that have some convexity). Let the base cool slightly, then "brush-up" the powder, and iron it in again. Let the base cool. Lightly scrape the powder off the base, then brush with a designated fluor horsehair brush, moving tip to tail.  Then scrub vigorously with the hard nylon brush, finishing with the soft nylon brush. Polish with fiberlene. 

HF7 Powder and HF11 Bloc: This method will give you the fastest from the get go, and most durable pure fluor application. Apply the HF7 powder as laid out above. Then crayon a layer of HF11 block onto the base. Then, either Roto-cork or vigorously hand cork (natural cork, not synthetic) the HF11 layer into the base. Let it cool slightly, and then brush tip to tail several  times using a horsehair brush, then scrub with the hard nylon brush, and finally the soft finishing brush. Polish with a fiberlene cloth. 

Remember, re-brush your skis after you have tested them right before your race.  This will remove the last bits of wax that have been brought to the surface of the base by the snow, and keep your skis running faster, longer.

Gripwax: 

Base: Rough up kick zone with 150grit sandpaper.  Iron on a thin layer of Start Base grip wax. Let it cool, and then cork smooth.  Then apply a layer of Start Synthetic Blue, and cork smooth with a synthetic cork.

Grip: Add a layer of RF Red (-1..-5C), then a full layer of RF Blue (-4..-10C), corking smooth each layer, making sure to keep the wax layers smooth.  Next, add another short layer of RF Red, corked smooth, and then add 2 final thin cover layers of FHF80 Blue (-4...-10C) grip. 

 

 

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Feb
24
11:00 AM11:00

ASAA Alaska State High School Championships, Relay, Birch Hill, Fairbanks, AK

Girls 4 x 3k mixed technique relay (CL,CL,SK,SK) at 11am, Boys 4 x 5k mixed technique relay at 1pm. 

Forecast/conditions: Partly cloudy, overnight low of -3. High of 9F. Firm tracks.

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green, scraped while still warm

Glide: HF10 Green, scraped while still warm, brushed with fine steel or copper brush, then horsehair and hard nylon brush.

Top: HF13 Fluor block, ironed through a sheet of fiberlene. Let cool, then cork by hand. Brush out with nylon brush, then polish.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough kick zone with 150grit sandpaper. Iron on a layer of Start Base wax. 

Grip: Apply a layer of Start Synthetic Blue, then 2 layers of Start Synthetic Green. Cover with a layer of Tar Green, or Oslo Green.

 

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Feb
23
11:00 AM11:00

ASAA Alaska State High School Championships, Birch Hill, Fairbanks, Alaska

11am Boys 10K classic mass start, 1:00pm Girls 7.5K Classic mass start

Forecast/ conditions: High of 16, overnight low of 2F. Chance of light snow. 

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green, scraped while still warm, brushed.

Glide: HF10 Green, scraped while still warm, brushed with fine steel or copper brush, then horsehair and hard nylon brush.

Top: HF13 Fluor block (-5..-20C), ironed with a sheet of fiberlene between iron and base. Let cool, then hand-cork vigorously with natural cork. Brush out with horsehair, then fine nylon brush. Polish with fiberlene.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up kick-zone with 150grit sandpaper. Iron on a layer of Start Base wax.

Grip: Apply 2 layers of Start Synthetic Blue. Then apply 2 layers of Synthetic Green, followed by a thin layer of Oslo Green. 

 

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Feb
18
12:01 PM12:01

AMH Anchorage Cup Sven Johansson, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

***Preliminary wax Report, check back again Saturday, Feb 17 for updates. Forecast is fluctuating.

30/10/5KM race distances, Freestyle, Mass start waves.

Forecast/conditions: Saturday high expected to be around 25F, with a Saturday night low around 5-15F. As of Thursday, Sunday temps are expected to be highs around 28F with a noon race start temp of 20F, climbing to 26F by 2pm.  Frequent new snow over the days preceding the race should make for great course conditions. 

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green, scraped while still warm. Brush 

Glide: HF8 Blue, scraped while bases still warm, then brush with fine steel or copper brush, then horsehair and nylon. 

Top: HF9 Fluor powder, ironed in. Allow to cool, then brush up. Re-iron, cool, then Roto-cork. Brush out with hard nylon then soft nylon polishing brush. Alternative: HF13 and HF11 crayoned and blended together, then ironed through a fiberlene sheet. Hand-cork vigorously with a natural cork, then brush with a nylon polishing brush. Re-brush before race start.

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Feb
18
11:00 AM11:00

Raven Romp, Buetow Dental and Pangaea Health Distance Series #3, Birch Hill, Fairbanks, Alaska

30km/10km, Classic. 10k loop. 

Forecast/conditions: Saturday night low of 6F, with a high of 20F on Sunday.  Partly sunny. 

Glidewax: 

Base: LF10 Green, scraped while still warm and brushed.

Glide: HF10 Green, Scraped while still warm, and brushed thoroughly. 

Top: HF13 Fluoro Block, applied with a Roto-cork, and brushed with a nylon polishing brush. Alternative method: iron through a sheet of fiberlene, then Roto-cork or vigorously hand-cork with a natural cork. Finish with a soft nylon polish brush.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up grip-zone with 150grit sandpaper. Iron in a layer of Start Base Extra and cork smooth.

Grip: Apply 2 layers of Synthetic Blue, followed by a 2-3 layers of RF Blue. Finish with 2 layers of Oslo Green. 

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Feb
11
12:01 PM12:01

AMH Anchorage Cup Sprint Relays, Freestyle, 1.3K x2x2;Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

Forecast/Conditions: Slight chance of snow Saturday, overnight lows Saturday night mid 20s. Sunday, mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Highs in the 30s. Previous days have been down in the single digits overnight, so snow will still be fairly refrigerated and likely ski colder than the raceday temps would indicate.

Glidewax:

Base: LF or MF8 Blue, scraped and brushed while still warm.

Glide: HF8 Blue and HF4 Red, mixed 1:1. Scrape and brush

Top: HF11 block (5...-10C) crayoned on, then Roto- or hand-corked, then brushed with soft nylon brush and polished. Rebrush between relay legs. 

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Feb
4
12:01 PM12:01

Besh Cup #6, Skate, Ind. Kincaid Park, Biathlon Range, Anchorage, AK

Forecast/conditions: Saturday night lows zero to 10F. Sunday: Sunny, highs 15-25F. Course a mix of manmade and natural snow. Significant debris and dirt on trail.

Glidewax:

Base: BM6 Moly Fluor glider, scraped while bases are still warm.

Glide: HF10 Green, scraped while bases are still warm. Brush with fine steel or copper brush, then horsehair and then hard nylon brushes.

Top:  SFR92/HF13 block crayoned on and roto-corked, then brushed.

 

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Feb
4
10:30 AM10:30

Alaska Ski For Women, 4k Skate or Classic, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

Timed waves starting at 10:30

Forecast/conditions: Saturday night mostly clear, Low 5 to 15F, Highs 15 to 25 Sunday. Fairly dirty but good course conditions.

Glidewax:

Base: BM6 Moly fluor or LF10 Green scraped while bases still warm.  

Glide: HF10 or MF10 green, scraped while bases still warm.

Top: SFR92/HF13 block, rotocorked and brushed.

Gripwax:

Base: Base Extra ironed, then 3-4 layers of Synthetic Blue, covered with 2 layers of Synthetic Green.

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