Mar
23
11:00 AM11:00

Sonot Kkazoot, Birch Hill Recreation Area, Fairbanks, AK

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 11am Mass Start all races.  40/50K Freestyle, 20K Freestyle

https://sonotkkazoot.org

Forecast/conditions: Friday cloudy, 23-45F. Saturday partly cloudy, 27-42. Warm daytime temps and below freezing nights during the week will make conditions hard and fast.

Base: LF8 Blue. Iron in 2x before scraping, letting wax cool between ironing.

Glider. HF6 Purple / HFxt Purple. Note: HFxt Blue/HF8 Blue will also be fast, and likely more durable for longer races.

Topcoat:

Option 1: HFxt Purple Finishing Gel, 2 layers. Hand- or roto-corked.

Option 2: HF11 block, 2 layers. 1st layer, iron through a sheet of fiberlene, cool and brush. Apply 2nd layer of HF11 block, and hand- or roto-cork. Let cool, and brush and polish.

Option 3: HF7 Powder, ironed, brushed up, re-ironed, and brushed and polished. Add Finishing Gel or HF11 Block on top, and hand or roto-cork.

Gripwax: Clean and sand bases. Apply a layer of Base Klister and iron into the gripzone. Let cool, and cork smooth. Apply a layer of Purple and Special Klister mixed 1:1, cork smooth and let cool. Apply a layer of Oslo Racing Purple over the top, and cork smooth, taking care not to blend with the klister. Let cool, and apply a layer of Oslo Blue Extra, and cork smooth.


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Mar
23
to Mar 24

SKAN24, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

24 Hour race, solor, 8 person or 4 person teams. 24hr, 12hr, or 6hr times.

www.anchoragenordicski.com/skan-24

Forecast/conditions: Warm, melting conditions over the past week has resulted in very transformed, dirty snow condtions. No changes expected for Satuday/Sunday, with highs in the 40s, lows in lower 30s overnight.

Glidewax:

Base: BM6 or M8 molybdenum wax, or MF8 Blue. Dirty snow. Iron in several times, adding more before each ironing.

Glider: HF6 / HFxt Purple. BM4 Moly would also be a good option. Possibly even HF8 Blue would be a good idea, as the hardness of the Blue paraffin will help durability, as well pick up less dirt. Again, iron several times, adding more before each ironing.

Topcoat: HF11 block, or HFxt Red Finishing Gel hand-corked. If using powders, then iron in HF5 or HF7, or BM3 moly powder, brush up, iron again, cool, then do a final brush and polish. Hand-cork on block or gel over the top. After several hours or so of skiing, rebrush the skis to remove dirt, and reapply the block or gel. NOTE: If you have applied a topcoat, hot-waxing a paraffin on later during the race will be less effective, as the fluorocarbon on the surface of the base will prevent more paraffin from absorbing into the base material without using a fluor solvent, so better to simply rebrush and keep applying more fluor topcoat. It would be even better to have a 2nd pair of skis to switch to, but not all of have that option

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Mar
16
12:01 PM12:01

Oosik Classic, Mile 11 Gravel Pit, Talkeetna, AK

Noon Start for 50K, 12:30 for 25K. One loop course. Mass starts.

www.denalinordicskiclub.org/oosik-ski-race/

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 or MF8 Blue.

Glide: HF6 Purple or HFxt Purple

Topcoat: HFxt Finishing Gel Red or Purple

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply a layer of Base Klister, and cork smooth. IF no new snow from the previous night, apply Purple and Universal klister blended 1:1, and let cool. Cork smooth, and after cooling apply 2 layers of MFW Red or Oslo Racing Purple. Check with the AMH tent for up to date waxing recommendations.

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Mar
16
8:00 AM08:00

Homer EPIC 50/100KM, McNeil Canyon Elem. School, Homer, AK

50K and 100K Human Powered Race (Ski, Bike or Run) One Lap course. Mass start.

www.homercyclingclub.org/homer-epic

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue

Glider: HFxt Red/HF4 Red

Topcoat: HFxt Red Finishing Gel, or FHF11 Block (HF11 will be good as well.)

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply Base Klister in a thin layer, iron, and cork smooth. Apply 2 layers of Synthetic Blue, then apply 2 layers of Tar Purple. Be prepared to rewax during the race!

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Mar
3
9:30 AM09:30

Tour of Anchorage, Service High School to Kincaid Park, Anchorage, AK

Updated Friday March 1st, 12:30pm

Start Wax will be available at the AMH booth at the Expo/bib pickup on Friday evening and Saturday.

www.anchoragenordicski.com/tour-of-anchorage/

50K/40K/25K race distances. Freestyle 50K/40K, 25K Freestyle and Classic. 9:30 50K waves start, 40K at 10:30, 25K classic 11:00, 25K Freestyle at 12:00

Forecast/conditions: Cold, clear nights over the previous week will keep the snow chilled despite the warm days. Saturday should be partly cloudy with a high of 25-25, but expect snow to stay cold. Saturday night lows in the teens, expect colder through the Campbell Creek Greenbelt for 40K and 50K skiers. Sunday should be 20F by first wave start time, mid-20s by 40K start. Similar temps likely for 25K. No new snow expected. With Saturday mostly cloudy, we should see humidities above 75%.

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 or MF10 Green. MF10 seemed to be the fastest of the bases in glide tests performed Wednesday, and again Friday.. Would be hard to beat this one. Iron this layer in 2-3 times, letting the wax cool, then adding a bit more wax, and then ironing again. Scrape the groove before it cools completely, then scrape and brush when it is time to apply the glider. Make sure your scraper is sharp, and shave, don’t chip the wax off of the base. After scraping, brush with a metal brush, and then with a horsehair brush. No need to brush overmuch with the Base layer, just make sure that the structure of the base is revealed and no obvious wax is left on the base.

Glider: HF8 Blue (or HFxt Blue) This tested slightly better than HF10 Green, and will likely be right in the money for optimum glide in the Tour this year. While air temps will climb into the upper 20s and possibly into the lower 30s, the snow will stay cold, and the dirt and older, aggressive snow will require a harder, more durable wax. The warmer fluorocarbons present in the HF8 Blue wax will keep the speed higher throughout the race, while the harder Blue paraffin will keep the wax from wearing off, and also from picking up dirt . Like with the base wax, iron this layer in twice , just add a bit more wax for the 2nd ironing. This will provide more wax penetration into the base, and a more durable waxing job.

**Scraping and brushing tips: Scrape the groove when the wax is still warm. Make sure that your scraper is sharp, and again, shave don’t chip. It will be ok for the wax to still be somewhat warm to allow for easier scraping of this hard, tough wax.

**Brushing protocol: Start with a good metal brush, and brush 4-6 times completely down the ski. Then use a horsehair brush, brushing 4-6 more times down the skibase. Finish with a stiff nylon brush, or a roto-brush, polishing the base until it shines. You should not be able to see any more wax on the ski. Excess wax left on the ski will actually attract dirt, and slow your skis down. Clean your brushes beforehand with a shopvac, so you can see if you are still removing wax.

Topcoat: HF9 Powder (-5…-15C) and/or HF13 Block (-5…-15C). The expected winners from previously showed up strongly in tests on Friday. HF13 (-5..-15C) block, rubbed on, ironed through a sheet of fiberlene, followed by a 2nd layer of HF13 rubbed on and hand-or roto-corked into the base was very fast. For powders, HF9 (-5...-15C) ironed in, brushed-up, ironed again, cooled, lightly scraped, thenbrushed thoroughly, will be a great option, especially with HF13 fluor block or HFxt Blue Finishing Gel applied and hand-corked on top. Use only designated fluor brushes for brushing the pure fluor topcoats. I highly recommend rebrushing your race skis after testing and warming up on them.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply a thin layer of Base or Base Extra wax to the gripzone, ironing it is best. Clean excess from edges and grooves. Very preliminary: 3-4 layers of Start Blue Synthetic, with 2 layers of Start Oslo Blue Extra over the top.

**Check back Saturday for more updates to the gripwax recommendation.

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Feb
24
11:00 AM11:00

Ski the Beach: Erin K. Johnson Memorial Race, Beach Lake Chalet, Chugiak, AK

Sunday, February 24. Bib pickup and registration 11-12:30. Race start 1pm. Race distances: 1.3K, 3.1K, 7.6K, 15.5K.

A fun family even open to all ages, race entry fee is by donation. All proceeds go to benefit the Erin K. Johnson Memorial Fund. www.cernsc.org

Forecast/conditions: Saturday partly sunny, high near 26F. Saturday night, patchy freezing fog. Partly cloudy, with a low around 12F. Sunday areas of freezing fog before 9am. Mostly sunny, highs near 30. Much of race course will be in shade, so snow will tend to stay colder.

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 or MF10 Green

Glider: HF8 Blue or HFxt Blue.

Topcoat: HF11 block, rubbed on and ironed through a sheet of fiberlene. Hand-cork, let cool and brush. HFxt Blue Finishing Gel applied either by itself or on top of the HF11 block will be fast as well.

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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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