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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Mar
3
9:00 AM09:00

IMD U16 Championships, Rendezvous Ski Trails, West Yellowstone, MT

5k Freestyle, Mass Start

Forecast/conditions: Friday 3-5" of new snow expected. Overnight lows around 8F. Saturday partly cloudy with temps at race start around 11F. Snow likely to be clean, cold and dry.

Glidewax:

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

Glide: Apply HF10 Green, scrape while bases still warm, and brush first with metal brush, then horsehair, followed by a hard nylon brush. Polish with fiberlene. Alternative wax: MF10 should also be excellent. Scrape and brush as previously stated. 

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Mar
1
to Mar 7

West Yellowstone Rendezvous Saturday March 3

New cold snow arriving ; Overnights lows in single digits. Race start 10 race finish teeens to low 20's.

Glide; Start Graphite SGG underlayer for new snow. 

Start Blue #8  any Start Blue would be the proper hardness but the More Fluro the faster

HF 8 or MF8 would be fast 

Finishing Fluor HF9 Blue powder or HF13 Green Block

Kick; Base Wax Ironed in,

6 layers of thin Start Terva Blue, or RF Blue.

 

 

 

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Feb
26
9:00 AM09:00

National Guard Biathlon Championships, Pursuit, Soldier Hollow, Midway, UT.

9am zero, 10am Race. 12.5k pursuit, and shorter.

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 17. Temps at race start predicted to be around 30F, partly cloudy with a chance of snow. Course a mix of natural and manmade snow.

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue, scraped and brushed.

Glide: HF6 and BM4, mixed 1:1. Scraped and brushed.

Top: HF5 powder (+5...-3C) ironed and brushed. Finish with either BMR5 fluor block or HF11 fluor block, hand-corked, brushed and polished.

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Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

National Guard Biathlon Championships Sprint, Soldier Hollow, Midway, UT

Zero 9am, 10am race. 10k and shorter race distances

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low of 15F. Temps at start in the high 20s and partly cloudy with a chance of snow. Course will be a mixture of natural and manmade snow.

Glidewax: LF10 Green, scraped while still warm, and brush.

Glider: HF8 Blue and HF6 Violet mixed 1:1, scraped and brushed.

Top: HF7 (-2..-7C) powder, ironed and brushed completely. Finish with HF11 fluor block, crayoned on and hand-corked, then brushed and polished.

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Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

Intermountain Youth Championships, Trail Creek Ranch, Wilson, WY

Classic, mass start. Various distances.

Forecast/conditions: Saturday overnight low of around 13F, cloudy. Temps at start in the mid-teens, mostly cloudy, breezy. 35 % chance of light snow during race.

Glidewax: SG8 Blue, scraped and brushed thoroughly with fine steel or copper brush, then horsehair and hard nylon brushes.

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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Black Diamond Wasatch Citizens Series Race #5, 20KM Skate, White Pine Farm, Park City, UT

20KM Skate

Forecast/conditions: Overnight low 7F. Temps at start in the teens, and partly cloudy. Expect cold, dry and untransformed snow.

Glidewax: 

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

Glide: Start MF10 Green, scraped while still warm, and brushed with a fine steel or copper brush, then horsehair and nylon.

Top: HF13 Fluoro Block ,Roto- or hand-corked. Brush lightly, and hand-polish with fiberlene, re-brushing and polishing before race.

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Feb
24
9:30 AM09:30

Intermountain Youth Championships, Trail Creek Ranch, Wilson, WY

5/3/2/1km distances. Skate.

Forecast/conditions: Friday night low around 8F, cloudy. Saturday race start temps in the mid teens, cloudy, 8mph wind. 40% chance of snow, 1" possible. Track is clean and transformed snow.

Glidewax: Apply a layer of SG10 Green, scrape while still warm. Brush out with a metal brush 6-8 strokes, then thoroughly brush with a hard nylon brush.  Finish with a soft nylon polishing brush. Re-brush bases before race.

 

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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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