American Birkebeiner 2019 Waxing Suggestions

For Birkebeiner: Saturday Feb 23

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The snow that is currently on the trail (and there’s plenty!) is definitely acting like “Blue” snow; meaning it’s moderately cold (eg. not squeaky), relatively fast, and completely untransformed.

The forecasts are indicating 2-4” of snow on Wednesday with a higher probability of having more than 4” than having less than 2”. This new snow is going to fall with temps in the low- to mid-twenties (Fahrenheit) so this will slightly “warm” the snowpack.

After the snow falls, the lowest temp we’ll see before the race is 11-12F early Friday morning. Thursday and Friday afternoon both look to see temps reaching the upper 20s.

With more new snow beginning to fall Friday night when the temps are in the mid-twenties, and temps only falling to 18F overnight…

If all of the above hold true, the conditions on race morning will be perfect Start “Purple” conditions.

It will be another awesome Birkie!  

Our Current Recommendation (posted Monday 02/18/19 at 10am local)

Glider - XTra Fast

Base. Start MF8 Blue or Start BWLF

Race. Start HFXT Purple (or HF6 Purple)

Fluor Powder. Start HF7 Purple Powder

Finishing. Start HFXT Blue Gel

Glider - Fast but Economical

Base. Start SG8 Blue

Race. Start MF6 Purple

Finishing. Start HFXT Blue Gel or Start HF11 Fluoro Block


Base. Start Base. One thin layer, ironed.

Main Kick. Start Synthetic Blue, first layer ironed.

Finishing Kick. Start FHF80 Blue for early starters and Start FHF60 Red for late starters. Start Terva Blue and Red would be good alternatives, too.

***If you like to bring extra waxes with you during the race, FHF60 Red, RF Red, Terva Red and Synthetic Purple would all be good options. 

Ski Selection

Medium-Soft Flex skis for Universal conditions with a Universal or Cold-Universal stonegrind.

Consider adding mid/cold-conditions hand structure such as a light tranversal or chevron-shaped structure like Start Diagonal-Fine 0.5, Start W-Fine 0.5, Red Creek 0/-10, Red Creek -5/-15 or similar from another manufacturer.

Skin Skis

Start Skin Grip Paste to clean followed by Skin Grip HF Spray


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Get the wax at your local race centers including;

Bike Doc, Boulder Nordic Sport, Continental, FinnSisu, Gear West, Hoigaard’s, Mel’s Trading Post, Minocqua Winter Park, Pioneer Midwest, Ski Hut.

In Hayward, Seeley, Cable area get our products at New Moon, Riverbrook and Start Line Inn

See you at the Birkie Expo.