Mar
10
8:00 AM08:00

Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede, Classic, Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO

9 A.M. Daylight Savings Time begins! 50K, 25K, 10K, Classic. Mass start by distance. Loops

https://snowmountainranch.org/event/snow-mountain-ranch-stampede-2/

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

Glider: MF10 or HF10 Green

Topcoat: HF13 Block, ironed through fiberlene, cooled, corked, and brushed. HFxt Blue Finishing Gel either on top of the HF13 or alone will be excellent.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply a layer of Base Wax, and let cool. Cork smooth. Apply a layer of Synthetic Blue. Then add 4 layers of RF Red and RF Blue, alternating between the two, finishing on the 4th layer with RF Blue. Cover with FHF80, or simply add another layer of RF Blue.


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Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede, Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO

50K, 25K, 10K, Freestyle

Mass start by distance Loops. snowmountainranch.org/event/snow-mountain-ranch-stampede-2/

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 or MF10 Green

Glider: HF10/HFxt Green , or if very low RH, MF10 Green.

Topcoat: HF9 Powder, ironed in 2x (brushing up between ironing), scraped lightly and brushed with horsehair and hard nylon brushes. Finish with HF13 block, rubbed on and roto or hand-corked in. HFxt Blue Finishing Gel applied on top of the HF9 Powder would be excellent as well. HF13, if used by itself, should be rubbed on, ironed through a sheet of fiberlene, and brushed out. 2 layers of HF13 recommended for 50K.

Note: it is possible that the fluorocarbon topcoat will not be immediately noticeable as faster than the fluor paraffin waxes, however it should have better longevity and show less wear in the longer races.

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Mar
2
8:45 AM08:45

40th Annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race, Rendezvous Ski Trails, West Yellowstone, MT

8:45 A.M. 25K Classic, 9 A.M. 50K/25K Skate Also 10K, 5K and 2K. 25K lap, Wave starts

www.skirunbikemt.com

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 or SG10 Green.

Glider: MF10 or HF10 Green

Topcoat: HF13 Block, ironed through a sheet of fiberlene, 2 layers. Hand-cork and brush. Rub another layer of HF13 and hand-cork only, or try HFxt Blue Finishing Gel as a final layer, dabbed on, corked while still wet, then brushed after cooling.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Iron a layer of Base Wax into the gripzone, blending with a layer of Synthetic Green. Let cool and cork smooth. Apply two more layers of Synthetic Green, then finishing with 2-3 layers of Tar Green.


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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Tour of Bogus, Bogus Basin, Boise, ID

Sunday, February 24 10 A.M.. 25K/10K/5K, Skate Mass start. www.bbnt.sk

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 or MF10 Green

Glider: HF8 or HFxt Blue

Topcoat: HF11 Block, rubbed on and ironed through a sheet of fiberlene. Hand-cork, and brush. Then apply a layer of HFxt Blue Finishing Gel, dabbing on the base and spreading thin. Allow to dry, then hand- or roto-cork. Let cool, and brush.

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Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Silver Crest Nordic Challenge, Kings Hill Winter Recreation Area, Neihart, MT

10 A.M. & 11:30 A.M. start times. 20K, 11K, 5K, Freestyle & Classic techniques www.silvercresttrails.com

GLidewax:

Base: LF10 or MF10 Green

Glider: HF10 Green

Topcoat: HF13 block, ironed through a sheet of fiberlene, then hand-corked and brushed, and/or HFxt Blue Finishing Gel. For Finishing Gel, dab on using foam applicator and spread to cover the base. Allow to dry, then roto- or hand-cork. Brush out with designated fluor brush.

Gripwax: CLean and sand gripzone. Iron on a layer of Synthetic Green hardwax. Apply 2 more layers of Synthetic Green, covered with 2 layers of Tar Green.

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Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Wasatch Citizen Series Race #5 White Pine Farm, Park City, UT

Saturday, February 23. 10 A.M. Kids, 10:20 A.M. Adults 20K, Free technique

Age group wave start 3 laps of the Farm loop www.utahnordic.co

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

Glider: HF8 Blue or HFxt Blue

Topcoat: HF11 block, rubbed on and ironed through a sheet of fiberlene. Hand-cork, then dab on HFxt Blue FInishing Gel. Spread over base, and let dry. Hand- or roto-cork, then brush.

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Feb
18
9:30 AM09:30

Bryce Canyon Winter Festival 10K, Ruby’s Inn, Bryce Canyon, UT

Monday, February 18. 9:30 A.M. Kids, 10 A.M. Adults. 2K Kids, 10K Adults, Skate technique Mass starts. Adults 2 laps of 5K loop. www.Rubysinn.com

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

GLider: MF10 or HF10 Green.

Topcoat: HF13 Block, 2 layers. 1st layer rub on and iron through sheet of Fiberlene. 2nd layer, rub on and hand-cork, then let cool and polish.


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Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Bryce Canyon Winter Festival Biathlon, Ruby’s Inn, Bryce Canyon, UT

Sunday, February 17. 11 A.M. 5K, 2K, Skate technique, Archery biathlon. Adults and kids races, Indiv. start. www.Rubysinn.com

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

Glider: MF10 or HF10 Green (or HFxt Green)

Topcoat: HF13 Block, 2 layers, 1st layer rubbed on and ironed through sheet of Fiberlene, 2nd layer rubbed on and hand-corked. Then polish.


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Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Moose Chase, Trail Creek Ranch, Wilson, WY Saturday,

10 A.M. 30K/15K/5K, Freestyle

jhskiclub.org/moosechase

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue

Glider: HF8 Blue

Topcoat:

Option 1: HF11 BLock, ironed through sheet of fiberlene and then handcorked.

Option 2: HF7 powder, ironed, then “brushed up”, ironed again, then corked, brushed and polished.

Option 3: HFxt Finishing Gel Blue, either alone or on top of Options 1 or 2.


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Feb
15
1:00 PM13:00

Leadville Loppet CMC Campus, Leadville, CO

Saturday, February 16. 9:15 A.M.. 44K/22K/5K, Skate and Classic. Mass start by distance

Point-to-Point or Out & Back www.mineralbelttrail.com/leadville-loppet-1

GLidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

Glide: MF10 Green

Topcoat: HF13 Block, ironed through fiberlene, then handcorked and brushed.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply Base Wax and iron into the gripzone, removing excess from grooves and edges. AFter cooling, cork smooth. Apply 4-5 long, thin layers of Synthetic Green, shortening as the layers stack.


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Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour, Harriman Trail, Ketchum, ID

Saturday, February 2. 10 am wave start. www.bouldermountaintour.com

Forecast/conditions: An overnight low of 24F at Galena Summit, with a daytime high of 33. Cold from previously will refrigerate new snow. New snow expected, possibly mixed with rain. Clean, new snow. Firm conditions.

Glidewax: Pretty easy conditions for waxing expected, so nothing to get too wrapped around the axle about. If you are finishing with an HF wax, then basewax with MF or LF. If finishing with an MF, then base with LF or SG, and so on.

Base: SG/LF/MF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: LF/MF/HF6 Purple, scraped and brushed with copper then stiff nylon brush.

Topcoat: HFxt Purple Finishing Gel, roto- or hand-corked. Apply 2nd layer of Purple Gel after base has cooled, hand-cork. Brush out with designated nylon polishing brush. Re-brush after warming up/testing skis. The HFxt Finishing Gels have been very fast, and are making application of topcoats ridiculously easy. Durability is excellent as well.

Structure: Medium cross broken structure recommended, (.75 or 1.0mm) applied before HFxt Finishing Gel. Ski choice should be something like a Salomon S/Lab Red, or Fischer Speedmax Plus, i.e. softer tip, higher camber underfoot, with short hotspot in the front to handle moisture.

Have a great day at the BMT!

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Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Alley Loop Ski Marathon, Crested Butte, CO

Saturday, Feb 2nd, 9am wave start. Various distances and courses. 42/21/10/5k races, classic and skate.

https://cbnordic.org/alley-loop-nordic-marathon

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 0F, temps at start 10-18F. High of 32 during the day. Partly sunny, minimal wind. Alleys will have dirty, transformed snow, clean powder on trails. Snow will stay cold and dry, despite warming temp.

Glidewax: Apply BM6 Molybdenum-fluor base layer, scrape and brush. Apply HF8 Blue, scrape and brush completely using metal, horsehair and hard nylon brushes.

Topcoat: HFxt Blue FInishing Gel would be ideal for these conditions. For the Blue Gel, spread on the length of the glide zone with the foam applicator, and then cork vigorously. After Gel has worked into the base, apply a 2nd layer of Blue gel, and repeat, corking by hand. Let base cool, and then brush with a designated nylon polishing brush. Note: HF13 and HF11 roto- or hand-corked together would also be fast. Apply the HF13 first, and then rub the HF11 on over the top. Cork both together, roto- or hand. Apply a 2nd layer of the combo, and hand-cork to finish. Brush out with designated fluor brushes. Make sure to re-brush your skis after testing or warming up.

Grip: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply a layer of Base Wax, and iron in. Wipe off excess from base, grooves, and edges. Let cool, and cork smooth. Apply 2 layers of Synthetic Blue, then 2-3 layers of RF Racing Fluor Blue for 21K racers. For 42k race, apply a layer of RF Racing Fluor Red after the 2 layers of Synthetic Blue. Cork smooth, and add a layer of RF Blue, corking lightly to smooth. Add one more layer of RF Red under the toe, corking smooth, then a last layer of RF Blue. Oslo Blue Extra over the top could be a very good additive to handle the coarse, dirty snow found in the alleys. MFW Blue could also work as a cover.


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Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Bogus Challenge-Obligatory Classic, Bogus Basin, Boise, ID

10K classic, Mass start, 2 laps. https://www.bbnt.ski/race/

Forecast/conditions: Saturday night low of 26, 30 at start with a high of 38. Groomed mix of new and transformed snow. Mostly cloudy.

Glidewax: Apply LF8 Blue, scrape and brush. Apply HF4 Red, scrape and brush.

Topcoat: Apply HF11 block, and iron through a sheet of fiberlene. AFter base cools, apply another layer of HF11, and hand-cork. Brush with dedicated fluor brushes.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply a layer of Base Green, ironed together with Base wax. Let cool, and apply a alternating layers of RF Racing Fluor Purple and RF Racing Fluor Blue, finishing with the Blue. Cover with a layer of BM Non-Fluor or MFW Blue.

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Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Ski Haus Classic, Catamount Touring Center, Steamboat Springs, CO

10AM race start, 14K/7K/5K/2K, classic technique. Mass start by distance.

Forecast/conditions: Saturday night low of 9F. Air temps warming to low 20s by race start, under mostly sunny skies with a slight breeze.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 Green, scrape and brush. Apply HF10 Green, scrape and brush with metal, horsehair and nylon brushes.

Topcoat: Option 1: Apply HFxt Gel Finisher Blue (-3…-12C), and hand cork. Option 2: Apply HFxt Gel Blue on top of HF11 block, and roto-cork together. Hand-cork after base cools, and polish with dedicated fluor brushes.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply a thin layer of Base Wax and cork smooth. Apply 3-4 layers of Synthetic Blue, covering with a final layer of MFW Blue, or Tar Blue.


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Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

Wasatch Citizen Series Race #3, Soldier Hollow, Midway, UT

10am kids race start, 10:20am for adults. 10K skate.

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low of 13F. Temps at race start mid 20s, sunny. Manmade mixed with some natural snow. Machine groomed.

Glidewax: Apply BM6 moly-fluor wax, or LF10. Scrape and brush. Apply HF10 Green, scrape and brush with metal, horsehair and nylon brushes.

Topcoat: Rub a thin layer of HF13 block onto the ski base. Iron the HF13 into the base, holding a sheet of fiberlene between the iron and base. After the base has cooled, rub a 2nd thin layer of HF13 onto the base, and hand-cork. Brush with designated nylon brush.

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Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

Spud Chase, Teton Springs Resort, Victor, ID

Saturday, 1/26, 10am race start. 24K/12K, freestyle. https://tvtap.org/event/16th-annual-spud-chase/

Forecast/conditions: Overnight lows in mid-teens, chance of snow. Race temp in mid 20s. Consistent snow over preceding week. Fresh, powder snow.

GLidewax: Apply LF or MF8 Blue, scrape and brush. Apply HF6 Purple, and scrape and brush.

Topcoat: Apply HF11 block by crayoning a layer onto the ski base. Roto-cork or iron through a sheet of fiberlene, and apply a 2nd layer of HF11, hand-corking. Speed option: HF3 liquid or HFxt gel finisher applied to the top of the HF11 and roto-corked together could be a very fast option.

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Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Stagecoach Classic, Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, CO

Saturday, January 26. 7 A.M. shuttles start, 9 A.M. first race wave. 30K/15K, ClassicMass start by distance. Point to point https://www.devilsthumbranch.com/event/stagecoach-classic/

Forecast/conditions: Snow and wind Thursday and Friday evening. Friday night low of 7F, warming to mid teens for 9am start, low 20s for 10:30 am start. Cold/dry snow conditions.

Glidewax: Apply LF10 or MF10 Green. Scrape and brush. Apply HF10, scrape and brush with metal, horsehair, and stiff nylon brushes. Is possible that MF10 Green is as fast as HF10, as higher fluor will be less beneficial in cold, dry conditions.

Topcoat: HF13, ironed through a sheet of fiberlene. Apply a 2nd layer of HF13 after base cools, and hand-cork. Brush with designated fluor brushes. Rebrush after testing/warming up.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply thin layer of Base Wax, ironing into the base. Cork smooth, and let cool. Recork, and apply 2 layers of Synthetic Blue, followed by 2-3 layers of Tar Green. For 10:30 race start, use Tar Blue instead of Tar Green.


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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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