Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Lake Catamount Nordic Marathon, Catamount Nordic Center, Steamboat Springs, CO

28/14/7/5/2K distances, Skate. Mass start, 2-4 loops.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low in the low 20s, warming to the low to mid-30s by race time. Up to 10" of snow possible Thursday through early Friday A.M. Warm sunny daytime and cool clear nighttime on Friday and Saturday should firm up the track by Sunday. Slight winds will keep the snow dryer than forecasted temps would suggest on race-day.

Glidewax: 

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

Glide: HF6 Violet scraped and brushed.

Top: HF7 Fluor Powder (-2...-7C), ironed and then Roto-corked. Finish with polishing brush. HF11 Fluoro Block (5...-10C) Roto-corked and brushed should also be effective.

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Feb
18
9:00 AM09:00

IMD Junior National Qualifer, Ponderosa State Park, McCall, ID

10K/5K skate, mass start

Forecast/conditions: Saturday night mostly cloudy with low around 23. A 95% chance of snow Saturday night and 60% chance on Sunday. Temps at start near 25, highs of 27. Track mostly new snow on a firm base.

Glidewax, U16 and older:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: HF4 Red, scraped and brushed.

Top: HF11 Fluoro Block (5...-10C), either Roto-corked and brushed, or ironed through a fiberlene sheet, then Roto-corked (or vigorously hand-corked), and brushed. 

Glidewax, U14 and younger:

Base: SG8 Blue, scraped and brushed

Glide: SG6 Violet, scraped and brushed.

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Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Moose Chase, Trail Creek Nordic Center, Wilson, WY

30/15/5/3/1.5km race lengths, Freestyle, mass start

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low in the high teens, temps at start mid-20s. Higher winds and blowing snow possible.

Glidewax

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

Glidewax: HF8 Blue, scraped while bases still warm. Brushed with fine steel or copper, then horsehair and hard nylon brush.

Top: HF11 crayoned on, then ironed into base through a sheet of fiberlene. Recork after cooling. Rebrush before race start. 

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Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

SMR Classic, Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO

15/7.5k Classic, Mass start by distance, 7.5k loop.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 17, low 20s at race start. Expect 5-6" new snow Thursday through Friday am. Breezy conditions on Friday and Saturday.

Glidewax:

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

Glide: HF8 Blue, scraped while still warm, and brushed thoroughly. 

Top: HF13 Fluor Block (-5...-20C) Roto-corked and brushed with soft nylon brush. Rebrush before race start.

Gripwax:

Base: Start Base Wax, ironed in. Apply one layers of Synthetic Blue, followed by 4 alternating layers of RF Red and RF Blue, starting with Red and finishing with Blue. Finish with a layer of FHF80.

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Feb
17
9:00 AM09:00

IMD JNQ, Ponderosa State Park, McCall, ID

9am Qualifiers, Noon heats. Classic Sprints

Forecast/conditions: Friday night a 60% chance of new snow, lows around 24. Saturday 90% chance of snow expected with temps at start around 26F, climbing to 29 by noon. Not expected to get above 32F by 3pm. 

Glidewax:

Base: U16 and older: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed; U14 and younger: SG Blue, scraped and brushed

Glide:U16 and older Qualifiers: HF6 Violet, scraped and brushed. For heats, HF4 Red scraped and brushed. 

U14 and Younger: Start SG6 Violet, scraped and brushed.

Top:N/A for U14 and under. For U16 and older: HF11 Fluor block crayoned and Roto-corked, then brushed with soft nylon polishing brush.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough bases with 150grit sandpaper. Iron on a single layer of Start Synthetic Blue, then after wax cools, apply another layer of Start Synthetic Blue. Then apply 2 layers of RF Red, finished with a layer of FHF60 Red. 

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Feb
11
10:00 AM10:00

The Tour of Bogus, 22/10/3km Mass Start Skate; Bogus Basin, Boise, ID

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low of 21, sunny and 26F at race start, high of 32F. Transformed snow, occasional dirt patches.  Low relative humidity.

Glidewax:

Base: BWLF base wax, or LF Blue scraped and brushed

Glide: HF4 Red, scraped and brushed. 

Top: HF7 Powder (-2..-7C) ironed, brushed up and re-ironed. Then brush out completely with dedicated fluor brush and polish.  Additionally, HF11 block either instead of or on top of HF7 powder will also be quite fast. 

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Feb
11
9:00 AM09:00

Owl Creek Chase, 5/10km Skate, Mass; Lower Moore Field, Aspen, CO

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 11, low 20s at race start.  Likely snow Friday night through Saturday night.

Glidewax:

Base: BWLF or LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: HF8 Blue, scraped and brushed with copper or fine steel brush, followed by horsehair and then hard nylon brush.

Top: HF13/SF92 block, rubbed on and ironed through a sheet of fiberlene.  brushed out with a soft nylon fluor-dedicated brush.

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Feb
10
to Feb 11

Alta Vista Freestyle, 20/10/6k Skate, mass start; Alta Nordic Trail, Alta, WY

Forecast/conditions: overnight low in the high single digits, temps at start in the low to mid-20s. Some snow possible. Expect firm tracks, transformed snow.

Glidewax:

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

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

Top: HF9 Fluor powder (-5...-15C), ironed, brushed up, re-ironed. Scrape lightly, then brush with hard nylon brush, finish with soft nylon polishing brush. Finish with HF11 fluor block, hand-corked and polished.

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Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Black Diamond Wasatch Citizen Series, Race #4, 10k Skate, Soldier Hollow, Midway, UT

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low of 28. Temps at start about 34 and partly cloudy. Course is entirely on manmade snow.

Glidewax:

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

Glide: HF4 Red, brushed and scraped

Top: BMR5 Moly Fluor block, crayoned on, Roto-corked, brushed and polished. Possibly cover with HF0 liquid, 3 drops per side of groove, spread with a finger. Allow to dry, then brush with soft nylon brush.

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Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Silver Crest Nordic Challenge, 20/11/5km FS and CL; Kings Hill Winter Rec. Area, Neihart, MT

Forecast/conditions: Overnight lows near -8F with a 50% chance of snow. Saturday mostly sunny with temps at race-time around 5F. Lots of new snow during the week. Soft and cold track conditions.

Glidewax:

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

Glide: MF10 Green, scraped while still warm, brushed with copper or fine steel brush, then horsehair and hard nylon brushes.  Re-brush  before race start. 

Top: In these conditions, fluor toppers are not likely to add much to the ski performance, and could make the ski slower. Possibly HF13/SF92 rubbed on and ironed through a fiberlene sheet would be ok.

Gripwax:

Base: Rough base with 150grit sandpaper. Iron in Start Base Wax, and cork smooth.

Grip: Apply a layer of Synthetic Blue, then 2-3 layers Synthetic Green, then two layers of Tar Green. 

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Feb
4
11:00 AM11:00

Biathlon Cup #3, 20/15/12.5K, Ind. Rendezvous Biathlon Range, West Yellowstone, MT

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low near 25 with a 60% chance of 1-3" of new snow. Sunday, snow likely. Temps at start near 30. Soft, fresh snow conditions.

Glidewax:

Base: BWLF fluoro base wax, or LF8 Blue

Glide: HF4 glider, scraped and brushed.  

Top: HF11 block, rubbed on and roto-corked then brushed and polished.

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Feb
4
9:00 AM09:00

Carnival Classic Ski Race, 12/4/1K CL, Glacier Nordic Center, Whitefish, MT

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low around 26 with a 50% chance of rain/snow mix. Sunday rain/snow mix likely in the AM with temps at race start just above freezing. 

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 or BM6 Moly fluor glider

Glider: HF4 glider

Top: HF7 Powder, ironed and brushed and/or HF11 block, roto-corked and brushed and polished.

Gripwax:

Base: Base Klister, ironed or otherwise heated.

Grip: Thin layer of Purple Klister, then a layer of Special Klister.  If too grippy, then blend a layer of Black Magic Fluor hard wax into the Special Klister.  Otherwise, hairies or skin skis will be the best/easiest.  

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Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Bridger Biathlon Pursuit, 12.5/10/7.5KM; Crosscut Mtn. Sports Ctr., Bozeman, MT

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low 27F, windy with heavy snow likely, Saturday 80% chance of snow. Temps at start around 32F.

Glidewax.

Base: MF6 Violet or BWLF fluorinated base wax.

Glide: HF4 Red, or FHF4 Violet if humidity is over 75%.

Top: FHF7 powder, if humidity over 75%. Otherwise, HF7 powder, ironed and brushed. Finish with SFR99/HF11 block, rubbed on and root-corked (or FHF11 block if humidity is over 75%). 

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Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

Alley Loop, 42/21/10K, Skate and Classic, mass start, Crested Butte, CO

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 20. Low 20s temps at race start. 40% chance of snow Friday evening, less than 1". Dirty granular snow in town loop, colder old snow above town.

Glidewax:

Base: BM6 Moly fluor or LF10, scraped while bases still warm.

Glide: HF8 Glider scraped while bases still warm. Brushed with fine steel or copper, then horsehair and hard nylon brushes. While this wax might seem a bit warm for the expected temps, it will hold up better in the coarse snow than a softer wax like HF6 or HF4. 

Top: HF7 fluor powder, ironed and brushed. Finish layer of HF11 block, rubbed on and corked in, brushed and polished

Grip:

Base: Base Extra ironed, then 2 layers of Synthetic Blue. Add 1-2 layers RF Violet under the toe.

Kick: 2 layers of RF Red, then 2 thin layers FHF60 

 

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Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

Frisco Gold Rush, 20/10/5k Skate and Classic, Frisco Nordic Center, Frisco, CO

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low and race start temps in the mid 20s. 60% chance of snow before and during the race, less than 1" expected. 

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue or BWLF fluor base wax, scraped and brushed

Glide: HF6, scraped and brushed.

Top: HF7 fluor powder, ironed and brushed. Finish with HF11 block rubbed on, corked and brushed.

Gripwax:

Base: Base Extra ironed, then 2 layers Synthetic Blue corked in.

Grip: 2-3 layers RF Red, with a final layer of FHF60.

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Jan
28
10:00 AM10:00

Intermountain JNQ 2018 Lake Creek Classic Mass Start

Forecast/conditions:  Overnight low of 20F, warming to 32F by race start. Fresh snow likely. Cloudy with chance of rain/snow

Glide:

Base: MF4 glider or BM4, scrape and brush

Glider: HF4,  scrape and brush

Top: HF11 Block corked and polished

 

Grip:

With racetime temps hovering close to freezing point, and possibility of snow likely, grip waxing conditions are likely to be fluid. Be prepared to use hairies by abrading the cleaned kick zone with 150-180grit sandpaper, and then applying HF0 fluor liquid or corking HF5 powder via hand rubbing into the sanded kick zone. Otherwise, If conditions are on the wet side, apply Start Special Klister over a thin base of Purple Klister. If snow is drier, use a binder of Start Base, then several layers of Synthetic Blue. Finish with 2 layers of RF Violet or FHF Violet. 

 

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Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

Spud Chase, Teton Springs Resort, Victor ID 24/12/6km Freestyle

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low in the high teens, temperature at race time low to mid-20s. Snow and blowing snow expected. Trail conditions soft.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped while wax is still warm.  Brushed lightly with copper and hard nylon brush

Glider: Note: It is possible that the expected wind will be drying the snow out, therefore making the uses of HF products less of an advantage.  LF8 and MF8 should be very fast on their own, brushed out very well with copper and stiff nylon brushes.  However, Start HF9 powder (-5...-15C) on top could be very effective, as it is designed to work in humidities over 55%. To apply HF9 powder, iron using a 150C iron, brush up, re-iron, and brush completely.  

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Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Potato Cup, Mink Creek Nordic, 15/10/5k Freestyle Mass Start

Forecast/Snow Conditions: Friday night low of 19, snow likely. Race time conditions likely packed but untransformed snow. Racetime temps around 20F-25F. Humidity 90%

 

Glidewax:

Base: Apply LF8 or MF8 Blue, scrape while base is still warm, then brush.  

Glider: HF6 Purple, scrape and brush with copper then stiff nylon brush

Top: HF7 powder ironed, brushed up, re-ironed, brushed and polished.  HF11 block rotocorked and polished either alone or on top of HF7 powder

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Jan
27
9:00 AM09:00

O.S.C.R. Race, Seeley Creek Trails, Seeley Lake, MT. 50/20/10k FS Mass

Forecast/Conditions: New snow expected through Friday night. Overnight lows near 14F. 50% chance of snow Saturday. Cloudy, racetime temps expected around 16F.

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green or MF10 Green (-7..-25C) 

Glide: HF8 Blue (-6...-12C) scraped and brushed

Top: HF9 Powder (-5C..-15C) ironed, brushed up, re-ironed and brushed. HF13 block (-5...-15C) can be rubbed and corked in for quicker acceleration. 

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Jan
18
to Jan 24

Methow Valley Nordic Festival & Pursuit Jan 20-21

Saturday

Overnight lows in the 20's race temps reacing 30. New clean snow on most of coarse but a bit of dirty snow at road crossing should be waxed for.

Underlayer BM6 for dirt, Glider Start HF6 Purple Finishing Wax HF7 purple powder

Sunday; Same glider rec as Saturday

Kick: Base Extra ironed in, Liley Start RF Red kicker with FHF Red cover

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Jan
11
to Jan 17

IMD Junior National Qualifier West Yellowstone

Saturday Snow: Overnight lows in the low teens: Race Temps in low 20's

GLIDE: Start Graphite Underlayer with SG8 Blue for non-fluor racers and HF10 for flour racers.

KICK: Start Base Extra ironed in;  Start RFBlue kick

 

Sunday Snow overnight snow in teens race temps high teens low 20's.

GLIDE: Start Graphites Underlayer with SG8 Blue for non-fluor racers and HF10 for fluor racers.

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