Jan
20
9:30 AM09:30

Homestake Hustle Citizen's Race, Homestake Lodge at Homestake Pass, Whitehall, MT

9:30am race start, Sunday January 20. 10K, 3K and 1K distances. Skate and classic techniques.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight slight chance of snow, low around 26. SUnday a slight chance of snow. Temps at start upper 20s. Likely a mix of new and older, transformed snow.

Glidewax: Apply LF8 Blue, scrape and brush. Apply HF6 Purple, scrape and brush. For topcoat, apply HF11 block, iron through a sheet of fiberlene, and hand-cork with a natural cork after the ski cools. Brush out with designated fluor polishing brush.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply thin layer of Base Klister or Base Klister Spray, and let cool. Apply 2 layers of Synthetic Blue or RF Racing Blue, then 2 layers of Synthetic Purple or RF Racing Purple. Finish with a layer of Oslo Racing Blue Extra, corked lightly.

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Jan
19
10:30 AM10:30

Billy Goat Loppet, Sun Valley Nordic Center, Sun Valley, ID

10:30am race time. 10k or 5k Skate race distances.

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight, partly cloudy with a low of 14F. Temps at race start in low 20s. Partly cloudy with 30% chance of snow. New fresh snow conditions.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green, scraped and brushed. Apply HF8 or HFxt Blue, scraped, and brushed with metal, horsehair and stiff nylon brushes. Crayon on HF11 block or, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. Handcork after ski has cooled. Brush out with dedicated fluor polishing brush. Rebrush after warmup.

Alternative topcoat: Apply HF3 Liquid on top of crayoned layer of HF11, and roto-cork together. Polish.

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Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Potato Cup, Mink Creek Nordic Area, Pocatello, ID

10am race start. 15K/10K/5K, skate technique. Mass start, multiple 5k laps.

Forecast/conditions: SNow/rain mixed at the end of the week. Friday night low of 28, 32F at race start, with a daytime high of 35F. 30% chance of precip during race. 80% RH.

Glidewax: Apply new Magic Purple GLider, or BM4 Molybdenum fluor glidewax. Scrape and brush. Apply HF4 or HFxt Red, scrape and brush. For topcoat, apply BMR5 molybdenum/fluor block, ironing through a sheet of fiberlene, and hand-corking after the ski has cooled. Finish with a dedicated fluor polishing brush. Alt method: Apply HF1 liquid to the crayoned on BMR5, and roto-cork. OK to substitute HF11 block for BMR5.

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Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

McCall Re-Mastered, Ponderosa State Park, McCall, ID

10am race start, 45K/30K/15K, Skate technique. Mass start, 3 laps for 45K. mccallnordic.com

Forecast/conditions: Snow and/or rain throughout the week prior to raceday, Friday night low of 29, 30F at race start, daytime high of 32. 75% chance of precip during race. Debris/sap may be on the trail if rain.

Glidewax: Apply BM6 Green Molybdenum fluor wax, scrape and brush. Apply BM4 Purple Molybdenum fluor, and scrape and brush. For topcoat, rub on a layer of BMR5 block, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. Rub-on a second layer of BMR5 after ski has cooled, and iron the same way again. After ski has cooled again, hand cork and brush with a dedicated fluor polishing brush. HF1 liquid roto-corked into the 2nd layer of BMR5 is a possible speed increase.

If fresh snow instead of rain, use LF8 Blue for base, and HF4 Red. Use HF11 block and HF1 liquid as topcoat. Rub on and iron HF11 first, then apply HF11 and HF1 roto-corked together.

Brush out skis completely after testing, and possibly re-apply topcoat. Stay away from dirty areas during warmup.

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Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

SoHo JNQ Super Qualifier, Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, Midway, UT

Saturday, January 19, 9am races start. 10k/5k/3/1k mass start Classic races.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 23F, temps at start high 20s, warming to mid 30s during the day. Snow mostly manmade, with a hard freeze overnight.

Glidewax:

U16 and older: Apply BM6 moly/fluor, scrape and brush. Apply BM4 moly/fluor, scrape and brush. (Alt: HF4 Red) No topcoats allowed for junior racers. Re-brush after testing/warming up.

U14 and younger: Apply Magic Green non-fluorinated molybdenum wax, scrape and brush. Apply SG4 Red, scrape and brush. Re-brush after testing/warming up.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply Base Extra hardwax, making sure to remove from groove and edges. Apply 2 layers of Synthetic Blue,then 2 layers of RF Racing Fluor (or Synthetic Purple). Finish with a layer of Oslo Racing Special Purple, using a “dab and twist” method of application. Cork lightly to smooth. Alternate top layer: MFW Purple , or Black Magic Grip blended with Synthetic or RF Racing Purple. If rain on Friday, be prepared for klister conditions on Saturday, Special and Purple klisters blended on top of a Base Klister are likely options. Black Magic Grip over klister may prevent icing and increase speed.

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Jan
18
9:00 AM09:00

SoHo Super QUalifier, Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, Midway, UT

9am race start, qualifier round. Sprint, skate. Indiv. start for qualifier, heats later.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 25F, temps at 9am about 30F, warming to mid 30s during the day and during heats. Rain/snow mix with temps in the high 30s midweek leading up to the race. Snow manmade, with a little new snow tilled in.

Glidewax:

U16 and older: Apply BM4, ABM4 or new MAGIC Purple non-fluorinated molybdenum base wax. Scrape and brush. Apply HF4 Red or HFxt Red, scrape and brush thoroughly. No pure fluor topcoats per IMD rules.

U14 and younger: Apply MAGIC Purple (0..-6C) non-fluorinated molybdenum base wax or SGG Graphite base wax, scrape and brush. Apply SG4 Red (0..-3C), scrape and brush.

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Jan
13
10:30 AM10:30

SMR Biathlon Pursuit, Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO

Sunday, January 13. 10:30am race start. 10K/7.5K distances.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low fo 5F, Clear skies. Air temps warming to low 20s by race time. Mostly sunny skies on Sunday.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green, and scrape while still warm. Apply HF10 Green, or if snow temps have warmed enough,HF8 Blue. Scrape and brush with metal and stiff nylon brushes.

Topcoat: Crayon on HF13 Block, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. Hand-cork with a natural cork after the HF13 has cooled after being ironed, and polish.

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Jan
12
10:30 AM10:30

Snow Mountain Ranch Biathlon Sprint, SMR, Granby, CO

Saturday, January 12, 10:30am race start. Sprint, interval start.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 11, warming to upper teens by racetime. 50% chance of overnight snow. Mostly sunny skies on Saturday.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green, scraping while still warm. Apply HF10 Green, scraping while still warm, brushing with metal and stiff nylon brushes.

Topcoat: HF13 block, crayoned on and ironed through a sheet of fiberlene. Hand-cork after ironing.

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Jan
12
10:00 AM10:00

Shootout at Jeremy Ranch, Jeremy Ranch Gold Course, Park City, UT

Saturday, January 12, 10am race start. Individual start, skate. 4 laps, 2.5k loop.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low 11F, temp at race start low 20s, sunny. Old, transformed snow.

Glidewax: Apply LF or MF8 Blue, scraping while still warm. Apply HF8 Blue, scraping while still warm, brushing with metal and stiff nylon brushes.

Topcoat: Apply HF11 block, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. Handcork, and polish.

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Jan
12
10:00 AM10:00

Teton Ridge Classic, Grand Targhee Ski Area, Alta, WY

Saturday, January 12, 10am. 24/14/6/2k distances, CLassic.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight clear, low fo 10F. Race temps in the mid-teens.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 or SG10 Green, scraping while still warm. Apply HF10 or MF10 Green, scraping while still warm, and brushing with metal and stiff nylon brushes.

Topcoat: Apply HF13 block, ironing through a sheet of fiberlene, then handcork. Brush and polish with dedicated fluor brushes.

Grip: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply thin layer of Base Wax with torch or iron. After cooling, apply 4-5 thin layers of Synthetic Green, finishing with 2 thin layers of Tar Green. Use pyramid method of kick wax application, going shorter with each layer of grip wax, but cover the complete zone with the first layer of Tar Green.

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Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Race for the Diamonds, Ponderosa State Park, McCall, ID

Sunday, January 6, 11am. Team relay, 5k legs. Skate, mass start.

Forecast/conditions: Warming throughout the end of the week, with an overnight low of 26F. 30F at race time. Packed powder, with a 70% chance of snow during the race. 85% RH.

Glidewax: Junior racers ( no fluoros) : Apply SG8 Blue, scrape and brush. Apply SG4 Red, scrape and brush. For non-juniors: Apply LF8 or MF8 Blue glider, scraped and brushed. Then apply HF4 Red or FHF4, scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: Lots of options in these conditions, HF11 Block and FHF11 block hand- or Roto-corked, and brushed. HF1 Liquid, applied to the base and spread with a finger, then hand-corked and brushed. HFxt Purple Gel Finisher would also be fast and easy to apply: Dab onto the base via the sponge applicator, hand cork, and brush.

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Jan
6
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Gulch Classic, Spring Gulch Nordic Area, Carbondale, CO

Sunday, January 6. 10am race start. 10/5k Classic races. Mass Start, 5k loop.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 21F warming to the upper 20s by race time. Chance of snow overnight and likely at start.

Glidewax: Apply LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed. Apply HF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: crayon a layer of HF13 block onto the ski base, and iron it through a piece of fiberlene, or simply hand- or Roto-cork the layer of fluor into the base. Brush with a dedicated fluor brush, and polish.

Gripwax; Sand grip zone. Apply Base Wax, either torching or ironing in the Base wax. After the Base has cooled, apply 2 layers of Synthetic Blue, corking and smoothing each layer. Then apply 2 layers of RF Racing Fluor Red. Cover with a thin layer of Tar Blue, or RF Blue.

Alt grip wax: After applying Base, Alternate layers of RF Red and RF Blue, (Red/Blue/Red/Blue) corking in between layers. Finish with a layer of FHF 80 Blue.

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Jan
5
11:00 AM11:00

The Snowmaker Classic, Lake Creek Ski Trails, Ketchum, ID

Saturday, January 5, 11am. 10/5/3k, classic technique.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight mostly cloudy with a low of 13, Temps at race start in the low 20s with 20% chance of snow. Old, cold, wind-blown snow with a slight chance of new snow.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green, Scrape while still warm, and brush. Apply HF8 or MF8 Blue, scraping while still warm, and brushing with metal and hard nylon brushes. For topcoat, apply HF13 Block, hand- or Roto-corked, then brush with a designated fluor brush, and polish.

Gripwax: Sand grip zone with 150ish grit sandpaper. Apply Base Wax, heating it in and letting it cool. Apply 3-5 layers of Synthetic Blue. NOTE: Black Magic Molybdenum Non-Fluor gripwax could be a very good final layer blend with the last layer of Synthetic Blue.

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Jan
5
10:00 AM10:00

Gunstock Zak Attack Freestyle, Gunstock Nordic Center, Gilford, NH

Saturday, January 5, 10am. 4.2k to 12.6k Freestyle race distances. 1/2/3 lap races. Interval start.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 25, Temps at race start 30, mostly cloudy, w/ a 40% chance of snow. Mix of new natural and manmade snow, machine groomed.

Glidewax: Apply LF8 Blue, scraped while still warm, and brushed. Apply HF6 Purple, or if temps are warmer, HF4 Red, scraped and brushed. For topcoat apply HF11 block, ironing through a piece of fiberlene, then hand- or Roto-corked. Hand- or Roto-cork only as an alternative method of affixing the HF11. HFxt Gel Finisher Purple roto-corked together with HF7 powder is also a likely option, brushing out with a dedicated fluor brush and polishing.

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Jan
5
10:00 AM10:00

SMR Classic, Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO

Saturday, January 5, 10am start. 15/7.5K, Classic technique. Mass start by distance, 7.5k loop.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 1F, air temps warming to upper teens by start. Sunny skies with light winds. Firm tracks with cold dry snow.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green, scraping while still warm and brushing. Apply HF10 Green, scraping while still warm, and brushing with metal and stiff nylon brushes.

Topcoat:

Option 1: Apply HF13 block by crayoning it onto the ski base. Iron through a piece of fiberlene, moving tip to tail in one continuous pass. After ironing and cooling, re-cork by hand, and then brush and polish.

Option 2: Apply HF9 powder (-5C..-15C) to the ski base with a hot iron, brushing up after the first iron pass and re-ironing. Let cool, hand-cork vigorously, and then brush out with a dedicated fluor brush, and polish.

Gripwax: Sand grip zone. Apply a thin layer of Base Wax, using an iron or a torch. After Base cools, apply 3-4 layers of Synthetic Green. Finish with a layer of Tar Green.

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Dec
30
10:00 AM10:00

New Year's Skate, 12/30/18, Bogus Basin, Boise, ID

10am mass start, 5/10k skate. 2 loops.

Forecast/conditions: New snow throughout the preceding week, packed new snow. Overnight low of 17, 24F at race start. Mostly cloudy. 45% chance of snow during race, with 85% RH.

Glidewax: Apply LF or MF8 Blue, scraped while still warm, and brush. Apply HF6 Purple, FHF4 Purple or HFxt Purple, scraped and brushed. For topcoat, rub-on HF11 or FHF11, and hand- or Roto-cork. Let cool, brush with designated fluor brush, and polish.

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Dec
29
to Jan 2

Skyway Shuffle, Saturday, Dec. 29, 11am. Skyway Trailhead, Grand Mesa, CO

11am mass start, 10k skate/freestyle.

Forecast/conditions: Cold, with overnight low of -2F. Breezy. 40% chance of snow overnight. 10F expected at race start. Soft snow conditions.

Glidewax: Apply LF10, Green, scraped while still warm, lightly brushed. Apply MF10 Green, scraped while still warm, and brushed using metal, then lightly with horsehair, and polished with stiff nylon. No topcoat recommended, brush out skis again with stiff nylon brush between testing and racing.

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Dec
29
to Dec 31

Betty Woolsey Classic, Saturday, Dec 29, Trail Creek Nordic Center, Wilson, WY

10am race start, 10/5/3k, Classic Technique

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low around 0F, chance of snow overnight. Still single digits F by race time.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green, scraped while still warm, and brush. Apply HF or MF10, scraped while still warm, brushed completely with metal, horsehair and stiff nylon brushes. Topcoat with HF13 block is possible, rubbed on and ironed through a sheet of fiberlene. Brush thoroughly.

Gripwax: Apply a thin layer of Base to a sanded base. Apply 2 thin layers of Synthetic Blue, followed by 2 thin layers of Synthetic Green, covered with Tar Green.

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Dec
29
to Jan 2

New Year's Relay, Saturday Dec. 29th, 10am. Steamboat Touring Center, Steamboat Springs, CO

10am race start, 3 skier teams. 3 x 7.2k. 1 classic, 2 skate.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of -6F, warming to +7F by race start. Cold, dry snow.

Glidewax: Apply LF10, Green, scraped while still warm, lightly brushed. Apply MF10 Green, scraped while still warm, and brushed using metal, then lightly with horsehair, and polished with stiff nylon. No topcoat needed/recommended for snow this cold and dry, but brush out skis again with stiff nylon brush between testing and racing.

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Dec
29
to Jan 2

Bozeman Creek Hill Climb, Saturday, Dec. 29, 9am. Bozeman Creek Trail, Bozeman, MT

Saturday, December 29th, 9am race start. Classic technique, 6.5/3.5k distances, mass start.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight partly cloudy with a low near 10F, temps at start in low teens. Expect a mix of packed new and old snow. Snow will be dry, cold and abrasive.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green, scraping while still warm, and brushing lightly. Apply MF10 Green, scraping while still warm, and brushing well with metal and horsehair, finishing with stiff nylon. Topcoat probably not necessary in these dry, cold conditions.

Gripwax: Apply a thin layer of Base wax, corking smooth and thin. Apply two thin layers of Synthetic Blue, covered by 2 thin layers of Synthetic Green, and finished with a layer or two of Tar Green.

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Dec
23
9:00 AM09:00

IMD JNQ Freestyle Distance Race, Sunset Hills, Bozeman, MT

Freestyle, Mass start. 5/10k distances for U16 and older. 1.1/2/2/3/3k distances for U10-U14

Forecast/conditions: Overnight mostly clear, low around 15F. Sunday mostly cloudy w/ race start temps in mid- to upper teens, rising to mid-20s by early afternoon. Expect a mix of transformed and new snow.

Glidewax: U16 and older: Apply LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed. Apply HF8, scraped while still warm, brushed with metal and then stiff nylon. After testing skis, rebrush before race start.

U14 and younger: Apply SG8 Blue, scrape and brush.

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Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

McCall Winterstart, Saturday ; Bear Basin, McCall, ID 5k FS, Mass

5km Skate, Mass Start, 11am.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 22F, 27 at race start. Partly cloudy, slight chance of snow.

Glidewax: Juniors: SG8 Blue, scraped and brushed. Non-juniors: Apply LF8 or MF8 Blue, scrape and brush. Apply HF8 Blue, scraped while still warm, and metal and nylon brushed. Topcoat: HFxt Blue Gel Finsher, handcorked and brushed. Alt: HF11 bloc, hand or rotocorked, brushed and polished.

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Dec
15
9:30 AM09:30

Galena Winterstart, Freestyle Galena Lodge, Ketchum ID

Freestyle wave start, 9/6/3k distances, + youth 1.5k

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low 12F, possible snow overnight. Start temp 20F, fresh snow. Sunny later.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green, Scrape while still warm, brush. Apply HF8 Blue, scrape while still warm, brush with metal and nylon brushes.

Topcoat: HFxt Blue finishing Gel, corked and brushed; Alt: HF13 bloc, corked and brushed.

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Mar
18
10:00 AM10:00

Hyalite Classic, Hyalite Reservoir Pavilion, Bozeman, MT

15k classic, Mass start 10am. Point to point race around Hyalite Reservoir. 

Forecast/conditions: Freeze/thaw cycles all week, possibility of rain/snow mix. Overnight snow likely, low around 19. Sunday morning snow likely with temps at start around 28. 

Glidewax:

Base: MF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: FHF4 (-1...-6C), scraped and brushed. HF Line option: HF Red, scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: FHF11 block, Roto-corked and brushed. HF Line option: HF11 block (5..-10C), Roto-corked and brushed.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up kickzone, with 150grit sandpaper. , and iron in a thin layer ofStart Base Klister. Cork smooth, and let cool.

Grip: Apply Start Special Klister (+2..-2C), and let cool. Apply 2 layers of Oslo Racing Blue over the top, corking gently to avoid blending layers. 

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Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Solitude Nordic Center Annual Spring Fling, Solitude Nordic Center, Brighton, UT

10am start: 7k Freestyle; 1pm 3p relay race

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 24. Temp at start in low 30s. Several inches of new snow expected in days prior to race, snow possible during race. Expect fresh untransformed snow, and soft tracks.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

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

Topcoat: HF11 Block (5..-10C), Roto-corked and brushed, or HF1 Fluor Liquid (+5..-5C).

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Mar
11
9:30 AM09:30

Sandbag Finals, Trail Creek Ranch, Wilson, WY

10:30am race start, 10K skate, Mass start

Forecast/conditions: Saturday overnight low in the mid-20s, temps at start near 30. Clear, with wind likely in the open areas.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

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

Topcoat: HF11 Block (5...-10C) Roto-corked, brushed and polished. Re-brush before race start.

 

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Mar
11
9:00 AM09:00

SMR Stampede Classic, Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO

50/25/10k distances, Classic, Mass start by distance

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 14, 29 at race start, warming to mid-40s by noon, under partly cloudy skies. Windy conditions are keeping the snow more dry than might be expected for the temperature.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: HF6 Violet, scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: HF7 Powder (-2..-7C), ironed and brushed. Then  HF11 block (5..-10C) crayoned on and corked, then brushed. Re-brush before race start.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough up kick-zone with 150grit sandpaper. Iron on a layer of Start Base Klister. Then apply 2 layers of Start Synthetic Blue wax.

Grip: Apply 2 layers of Racing Oslo Purple, Covered with FHF40

 

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Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Wilson Cup, Nordic Center, Vail, CO

20k freestyle, mass start, 2 laps

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low 11, 34 at race start. Mostly transformed snow with drier, colder snow in shaded parts of the course.

Glidewax: 

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed

Glide: HF6 Violet, scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: HF7 Powder, ironed, corked and brushed and polished. Final layer: HF11 Block (5..-10C) crayoned on, handcorked, brushed and polished, then re-brushed before race-start.

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Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

SMR Stampede Skate, Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO

50/25/10k distances, Skate, Mass start

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 25, 27 at race start. Warming to mid 30s by noon. 40% chance of snow friday night with under 1" expected. Windy conditions, drier snow on upper sections of course.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: HF4 Red, scraped and brushed.

Topcoat: HF7 Powder (-2...-7C), ironed, hand-corked, brushed and polished. Then crayon on a layer HF11 Block (5...-10C), hand- or Roto-cork, brush and polish. Re-brush before race start.

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Mar
4
10:00 AM10:00

IMD U16 Team Sprint Relays, Rendezvous Ski Trails, West Yellowstone, MT

2 x 1.5k Freestyle , mass start

Forecast/conditions: Overnight cloudy with lows around 13F. Sunday, partly cloudy with temps at start around 19F. Snow clean, cold and dry.

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green, scraped while bases still warm.

Glide: MF10 or HF10, scraped while bases still warm, brushed out with metal and horsehair brushes, then hard nylon. Polish with fiberlene. Re-brush before race start.

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