Jan
21
11:00 AM11:00

46th Geschmossel Classic Ski Race, Bretton Woods, NH

11am, Monday, January 21. 15K classic. Mass start.

Forecast/conditions: Sunday overnight cloudy, lows -7F, 50% chance of new snow. Monday, partly cloudy, 30% chance of snow. Machine groomed, packed powder.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green, scrape and brush. Apply MF10 or HF10 Green, scrape and brush with metal, horsehair, and stiff nylon brush. For topcoat, rub on a layer of HF13 block, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. After ski has cooled, rub on a 2nd layer of HF13 and hand cork. Polish with a dedicated fluor polishing brush.

Gripwax: Clean and sand bases. Apply a thin layer of Base hardwax, and cork smooth, making sure to keep wax out of groove and off edges. Let cool, and apply 4-5 thin layers of Synthetic Black.

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Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Stowe Derby, Stowe, VT

Sunday, January 13, 10am Race start. 20k point to point, ending at Trapps. Skate; Noon Classic. Interval start, 5 skiers every 30 seconds.

Forecast/conditions: Saturday cloudy, overnight low of -4F. Sunday partly cloudy. 5F temp at race time. Cold, packed powder.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 or MF10 Green, scraped while still warm. Apply HF10 GReen, scraping while still warm, and brush with metal and stiff nylon brushes.

Topcoat: Crayon on HF13 Block, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. Hand-cork after ironing and letting cool. Polish with a designated fluor brush.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply Base Wax with iron or torch. After Base cools, re-cork and and add 3-4 thin layers of Synthetic Green. Let cool, and apply 2 thin layers of Tar Green or Tar Black.

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Jan
12
1:30 PM13:30

Bogburn Classic, North Pomfret, VT,

1:30 pm race start, BKL at 11am. 10K, Classic, 2 loops; BKL 2.8K. Interval start.

Forecast/conditions: Friday night low of -3F, rising to low teens by race start. Mostly sunny, snowmobile-packed powder snow. Single-track trail.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 or SG10 Green, scraped while still warm, and brush lightly. Apply HF10 Green, scraped while still warm, metal and stiff nylon brushed.

Topcoat: Apply HF13 fluor block, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. Hand-cork after cooling, and polish.

Grip: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply Base Wax with torch or iron. Apply Synthetic Green, 4 layers. Apply a layer of Tar Green, and cork smooth.

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Jan
6
10:00 AM10:00

GHN-ADK Skiathlon, Gore Ski Bowl, North Creek, NY

Sunday, January 6. 10am race start, 10/5k Classic, mass start. 5k Freestyle race starting after.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 24F, temps at start 31. Manmade snow with fresh snow mixed in, machine groomed. Cloudy, little chance of precipitation.

Glidewax: Apply LF8 Blue, scraping while still warm and brushing. Apply HF4 Red, scrape and brush.

Topcoat: Apply HF11 block by crayoning the fluor onto the ski base. Iron through a piece of fiberlene, and hand-cork before brushing and polishing. Also fine to simply hand- or Roto-cork the HF11. Alternate topcoat: HFxt Purple Gel Finisher, hand-corked and brushed.

Gripwax: Sand grip zone, apply a layer of Base Wax. After Base cools, apply 2 layers of Synthetic Blue. Then apply 2-3 layers of RF Racing Violet, covered with a thin layer of either RF Red or FHF60 Red.

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Dec
30
12:30 PM12:30

Polar Bear Ski Club End of Year Race, McCauley Mountain, Old Forge, NY

Sunday December 30, 12:30pm, Freestyle, Interval start, 2.5k loop. 10k/5k race distances.

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight temps in the mid-40s, with a 40% chance of light rain. Cloudy skies w/ temps falling throughout the morning, dropping to 23F by start. Frozen, packed powder with icy conditions likely.

Glidewax: Apply LF8 or ABM4, scrape and brush. Apply HF6 Purple, scrape and brush. For topcoat, rub on HF11 block, and roto- or hand-cork in. Let cool, and brush with designated fluor brush. Alt. topcoats: HF1 liquid, or HFxt Gel Finisher Purple.

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Dec
23
9:00 AM09:00

Craftsbury Opener Eastern Cup, Craftsbury Outdoor Car, Craftsbury VT

Freestyle mass start, 5k (F) and 10k (M) distances.

Forecast/conditions: Saturday night clearing, temps dropping to 19 and maintaining. Partly cloudy.

Glidewax: apply LF8 or MF8, scraping and brushing. Apply HF8 Blue, scrape while still warm, and brush with metal and stiff nylon brushes. For topcoat, apply FHF11 block, hand- or roto-corking. Alternate 1: HF11 block, corked. Alt 2: HFxt gel finisher Blue, corked and brushed.

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Dec
16
9:30 AM09:30

NYSEF Season Opener, Mt. Van Hoevenberg

Jr. Women and U16 boys 5km, all others 10k. Freestyle, Individual start. 9:30 am race start

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low of 16, temps at race time 24, rising to 30 later. Transformed snow, with some fresh mixed in. Cloudy.

Glidewax: Apply BM4 or ABM4, scrape and brush. Apply HF6, scrape and brush, then HF11 block hand or Roto corked. Brush with soft nylon brush and polish. Alt topcoats: HFxt Gel Finisher Purple or HF1 Liquid.

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Dec
15
10:00 AM10:00

Craftsbury Sprint Opener Classic, Craftsbury Nordic Center

10am qualifiers, noon heats. 1.5km classic

Forecast/conditions: Friday overnight low in the 30s, with a 30% chance of rain. Temps at race time mid 30s. Cloudy. Machined mix of manmare and natural snow.

Glidewax: Apply BM4 or ABM4, scrape and brush. Apply FHF4 or HF4, scrape and brush. Finish with FHF1 liquid or HF1 liquid.

Grip: Iron in thin layer of Blue klister, Let cool. Apply Red klister and Universal Wide mixed 50/50. Blend with some BM klister.

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Mar
18
9:30 AM09:30

Eastern High School Championships Relay, Black Mtn. of Maine, Rumford, ME

9:30am start, mixed gender and technique relay, 4 x 3.5k. Mass start. Different loops for classic and skate.

Forecast/conditions: Low of 5F Sunday am, staying in single digits throughout the morning. Sunny, with some breeze.

Glide:

Base: LF10 Green, scraped and brushed.

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

Topcoat: HF13 block (-5...-20C), Roto-corked, polished and brushed.  Ski in, and re-brush before race start.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up kick-zone with 150grit sandpaper. Iron in a thin layer of Start Base wax, cork smooth and let cool.

Grip: Apply 3 thin layers of Synthetic Green, shorter each layer. Cover with a thin layer of Start Tar Green. 

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Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Eastern High School Championships Sprint, Black Mtn. of Maine, Rumford, ME

2pm girls start, 3pm boys. 1.2k skate sprint. Wave start.

Forecast/conditions: Low of 13 Saturday morning.Staying in the teens throughout the day. Sunny, with a cold wind. 

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 or MF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: HF8 Blue, scraped and brushed thoroughly.

Topcoat: HF13 cold fluor block (-5..-20C), Roto-corked, polished and brushed.  Re-brush before race start.

 

 

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Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Eastern High School Championships Classic, Black Mtn of Maine, Rumford, ME

10am girls, 11am boys. 7.5k, classic. Mass start.

Forecst/conditions: Low of 13 Saturday am, Staying in teens throughout the day, sunny with a cold wind.

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green, scraped while base still warm, then brush.

Glide: HF8 or MF8 Blue, scraped and brushed. Use fine steel, then horsehair finished with hard nylon brush. 

Glide: HF13 Block, Roto-corked, cooled and brushed out with horsehair and hard nylon brush.  Re-brush before race. 

Gripwax:

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

Grip: Apply 2 layers of Start Synthetic Blue, followed by 2 layers of Start Tar Blue, and a final layer of Tar Green.

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Mar
17
9:00 AM09:00

2018 Lake Placid Loppet, Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, NY

50K/25K, skate and classic races. Mass Start, 25K loop.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 10F, temps at start 14-16F, dense packed powder, machine groomed surface. Possible snow showers, partly cloudy.

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green, scraped while wax is still warm, then brushed.

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

Topcoat: HF9 Powder (-5...-15C) ironed, scraped lightly, and then brushed with horsehair, hard nylon, and finally polishing nylon. Re-brush prior to race start.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough base with 150grit sandpaper, and iron in a layer of Base Extra wax, corking and smoothing after ironing.

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

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Mar
16
3:00 PM15:00

Eastern High School Championships Skate, Black Mtn. of Main, Rumford, ME

3pm Girls; 4pm boys. 5k, skate. Wave start.

Forecast/conditions: Low of 22 Friday morning, rising to 28 by race time. Mostly sunny with wind. Fresh snow this week with cold conditions.

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green, scraped while bases still warm. Brush

Glide: HF8 Blue, scraped and brushed. 

Topcoat: HF13 block, Roto- or hand-corked, and brushed. Re-brush before race-start.

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Mar
11
11:00 AM11:00

Mansfield Nordic Skiathlon, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury, VT

6k Classic, then 6k skate. Mass start.

Forecast/conditions: Saturday overnight low in the mid-20s, temps at start in the high 20s. Packed powder snow, 20% chance of snow on Sunday, mixing with rain in the afternoon. Pistenbully packed track.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed

Glide: HF4 Red, scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: HF11 block, Roto-corked, brushed and polished, then brushed again before racing.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up kick zone with 150grit sandpaper, then iron on a layer of Start Base wax.

Grip: Apply 2 layers of Synthetic Blue. Then apply a layer of RF Red, then a second layer of RF Red blended with Oslo Racing Blue. Cork smooth.-

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Mar
11
9:00 AM09:00

NENSA U16 Championships, Gore Mtn, North Creek, NY

10am race start, 4 x 3K mixed relay, classic and skating legs

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low 23, temps at start 32. 6-12" of fresh snow, machine groomed.

Glidewax:

Base: LF6 Violet (-2..-7C), scraped and brushed.

Glider: HF4 Red (0..-3C), scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: HF1 Liquid, corked, brushed and polished.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up grip-zone with 150grit sandpaper. Iron on a layer of Start Synthetic Blue.

Grip: Apply 2 layers of RF Violet, then a layer of Tar Purple.

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Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Flying Moose Classic, Bethel Village Trails, Bethel, ME

22/10/2.5k classic, Mass start, 1-3 laps

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 22, chance of snow. Temps at start 33, fresh snow, machine groomed. Chance of snow showers with a high of 39.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed

Glide: HF4 Red, scraped and brushed

Topcoat: HF7 Powder, ironed, brushed and polished. HF11 block then hand-corked and polished over the top.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough base with 150grit sandpaper, then iron in a layer of Start Base wax.

Grip: Apply 2 layers of Synthetic Blue. Then apply a layer of RF Racing Yellow (+3..+1C). Cork and let cool. Then apply RF Racing Purple (2..-2C) and Black Magic Fluor, blended together. Cork carefully and let cool.

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Mar
10
9:30 AM09:30

NENSA U16 Championships, Gore Mtn, North Creek, NY

5k classic, wave start

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low 24, temps at start 33. 6-12" of fresh snow.  Machine groomed, 35% chance of new snow throughout the day.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: HF4 Red (0...-3C) scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: HF0 Liquid, corked and brushed.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough kick zone with 150grit sandpaper. Apply a layer of Start Base, and blend with a layer of RF Racing Yellow. Then apply a layer of Tar Red (0..-3) or RF Red (-1..-3) over the top, corking smooth but not blending with the first layer.

 

 

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Mar
4
11:00 AM11:00

Strafford Nordic Relays, Strafford Nordic Center, Strafford, VT

11am BKL, 1pm Open. Open format: 2 people per team, 3 laps each, 1k lap. Freestyle. Mass start.

Forecast/conditions: Saturday overnight low, high 20's. snow temps at start low 30s. Partly sunny. Machine groomed old corn snow.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: HF4 scraped and brushed.

Top: HF11 block Roto-corked or hand-corked, brushed thoroughly. Rebrush between each lap. Start HF0 liquid will also be excellent and very fast right away.

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Mar
4
10:00 AM10:00

Ski, Shoe, and Fatbike to the Clouds, Great Glen Trails, Gorham, NH

10K Classic/freestyle, mass start. Point to point.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 25F, mostly cloudy. Temps at start 30F, mix of fresh and transformed snow. Machine groomed. Race day mostly sunny, high of 33F.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed

Glide: HF4 Red, scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: HF11 Block (5...-10C), ironed through a sheet of fiberlene, then corked and brushed. 

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up kickzone with 150grit sandpaper. Iron in a layer of Start Base Klister. 

Grip: Apply a layer of Start Special Klister mixed with MFW Red or Black Magic Klister. Cork smooth, and let cool. Cover with a layer of Black Magic hardware. 

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Mar
3
9:00 AM09:00

Rangely Lakes Loppet, Rangely lakes Trail Center, Rangeley, ME

25K and 50K Classic and Freestyle races, Mass start, 1-2 laps

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 26F with a chance of snow. Temps at race start 30F, mix of fresh and transformed snow. Machine groomed. Highs of 36F.

Glidewax:

Base: Apply LF8 or MF8 Blue, scrape and brush.

Glide: Apply HF4 Red, scrape, and brush with a metal, then hard nylon, followed by a soft nylon polishing brush.

Topcoat: HF7 Powder, ironed, Roto-corked and brushed. A layer of HF11 block (5...-10C) Roto- or hand-corked on top of the HF7 powder would be an excellent choice, giving best combination of top speed and durability. HF11 ironed directly onto the top of the HF4 layer, and corked, would also be fast.  

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up kickzone with 150grit sandpaper. Iron in a layer of  Start Base Klister. Apply 2 layers of Start Synthetic Blue.

Grip: Apply a layer of RF Racing Purple, followed by a layer of FHF40 and Black Magic Fluor mixed and then corked.

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Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

NYSSRA Distance Championship, Saratoga Biathlon, Hadley, NY

21Km Skate, multiple laps

Forecast/conditions: overnight low 33F, temps at start 45. Transformed, dirty snow. Cloudy, no precip.

Glidewax: 

Base: ABM4 Molybdenum Fluor glider, scraped and brushed. Alternative: BM6 Molybdenum fluor, scraped and brushed.

Glide: BM2 Molybdenum Fluor glider, scraped and brushed.

Top: BM1 Molybdenum fluor powder, ironed, brushed up, re-ironed and re-brushed. Finish with a crayoned layer of BMR5 molybdenum fluor block (+10...-5C), hand-corked and brushed. 

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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Bog burn Classic, Woodstock Nordic Center, Woodstock, VT

10am BKL, 12:30pm Women and Jrs 7k; 1:30pm Men 13km, Classic Interval start

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 37, rising to 42 by Saturday afternoon. Partly cloudy.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: BM4 and HF2 mixed 1:1, scraped and brushed.

Top: HF5 powder, ironed and brushed. Alt: HF11 fluor block ironed through sheet of fiberlene, then hand-corked and brushed. Finish powder or block with HF1 Liquid, and polish.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up base with 150grit sandpaper Apply Start Base Klister, ironed. Apply a thin layer of Purple Klister, and smooth. Apply BM Molybdenum klister and Start Red Klister, mixed 1:1. 

 

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Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Lake Placid NorAm Cup Biathlon, Pursuit; Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, NY

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low 18, temps at start 28. Icy base covered with a thin layer of frozen granular snow. Partly sunny with no precipitation.

Glidewax:

Base: BM6 Molybdenum Fluor, scraped while still warm, and brushed.

Glide: HF6 Violet, scraped and brushed.

Top: HF11 Fluoro block (5...-10C), Roto-corked, then brushed. Alternate method, iron in through sheet of fiberlene, then Roto-cork (or vigorously hand cork), then brush. 

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Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Vermont U16/EHSC Qualifiers, Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton, VT

10am Boys 11am Girls, 3K Classic; 1pm Boys, 2pm Girls 3K Skate interval start.

Forecast/Conditions: Saturday night low of 20, with a 40% chance of light snow. Temps at classic start in the high 20s. for skate, temps in the low 30s. Old snow, machine tilled.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: HF6 Violet, scraped and brushed. For later races, HF4 Red.

Top: HF11 block Roto-corked and brushed.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up grip zone with 150grit sandpaper. Apply Start Base Klister, ironed. 

Grip: Apply a layer of Start Violet Klister, thin. Then apply 2 layers of Start RF Red, finished with a layer of Oslo Blue.

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Feb
17
10:30 AM10:30

NH coaches Series, Race 2, White Mountain Regional HS, Whitfield NY

5km Skate, wave start, 1 lap

Forecast/conditions: Low of 2F overnight, partly cloudy. Temp rising to 15 by race start. Mostly sunny. Mix of transformed and fresh snow, groomed with snow mobile.

Glidewax:

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

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

Top: HF13 fluor block, ironed through fiberlene sheet, brushed out with soft polishing brush. Recork with a natural cork.

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Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Lake Placid NorAm Cup Biathlon, Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, NY

Biathlon Sprint race

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 0F. Temps by race start 13F. Icy base covered with a thin layer of frozen coarse snow. Cloudy.

Glidewax:

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

Glide: HF10 Green, scraped while still warm, brushed thoroughly. 

Top: HF13 block, ironed through fiberlene, and then hand-corked with a natural cork. Let bases cool and brush out with a nylon polishing brush. Rebrush before racing.

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