Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Last Chance Race, Vasaloppet Nordic Center, Mora, MN

9 A.M. 1-3 laps of 5K-10K each depending on grooming Classic and Skate divisions. Self-seeded mass start

www.skinnyski.com/racing/display.asp?Id=47125

Glidewax:

Base: MF8 or LF8 Blue, or BM6 Green

Glider: BM4 Moly, or HFxt REd/ HF4 Red

Topcoat: HFxt Purple Finishing Gel. BMR5 Block will also be excellent.

Gripwax: Clean and sand bases. Apply a layer of Base Klister, and iron into gripzone. Cork smooth. After cooling, apply a layer of Purple Klister, and cork smooth. After cooling, apply a layer of Oslo Racing Purple Special, using the “dab-and-twist” method. Cork smooth, but avoid blending with the klister. Apply a 2nd thin layer of Oslo Purple after 1st layer cools.


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Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

Springloppet, Sugar Hills Ski Trails, near Grand Rapids, MN

11AM mass start 24/12K Skate, 12K Classic. 12K loop.

skinnyski.com/racing/forms/2019/springloppet.pdf

Glidewax:

Base: BM6 Green

Glider: HFxt Purple/HF6 Purple

Topcoat: HFxt Purple Finishing Gel. HF11 Block will be excellent as well, ironed. Gel put on over the top of the block will be a great combo.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply a thin layer of Base Klister, ironed into gripzone. Cork smooth, and apply a layer of Violet/Purple Klister. Cork smooth. After cooling, apply two layers of Oslo Racing Extra Blue.

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Mar
10
1:45 PM13:45

Cloquet City Meet, Pine Valley, Cloquet, MN

Start after jump competition, approximately 1:45 P.M. 5.5K Freestyle. Classic tracks will be set

Mass start, single loop www.skinnyski.com/racing/display.asp?Id=46962

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 or MF8 Blue

Glider: HF6 / HFxt Purple

Topcoat: HFxt Purple Finishing Gel, hand corked and brushed, or HF11 Block, hand or roto corked, then brushed.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply a layer of Synthetic Blue, and iron. Let cool, and cork smooth. Add several layers of RF Red, corking between layers.

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Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Michigan Cup Relays, Cross-Country Ski HQ, Roscommon, MI

11 A.M. Daylight Savings Time begins! 3 X 5K – 2 Skate and 1 Classic legs 

www.cross-country-ski.com/march-10th-2019-sunday-930am-michigan-cup-relays/

Glidewax:

Base: LF8 Blue

Glider: HF4 / HFxt Red

Topcoat: HFxt Red Finishing Gel

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply a layer of Purple Klister, and iron into the base. Cool, and cork smooth. Apply Special Klister on top, and cork smooth, taking care not to blend the klister layers. If necessary, apply a layer of Oslo Racing Special Purple on top.

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Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

The Great Bear Chase

Swedetown Trails. Calumet, Michigan

Glide

Base. Start BWLF or Start LF8 Blue

Race. Start HFXT Purple or Start HF6 Purple

Fluoro. Start HFXT Blue Gel or Start HF7 Purple Powder

Kick

Base. Start Synthetic Blue. Ironed.

Race. Start RF Blue, plus 1 layer Start RF Red

Finishing. Start FHF80 Blue (or RF Blue); just one layer

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Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Erik Judeen Classic Race, Korkki Nordic Center, Duluth, MN

10K Classic, Mass start. http://korkkinordic.org/events.html

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

Glider: MF10 Green or HF10 Green

Topcoat: HF13 block maybe, but probably will not add much in these conditions.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply a thin layer of Base Wax, and crayon a layer of Synthetic Green on top. Iron the two together, and let cool. Cork smooth, and add two more layers of Synthetic Green. Cover this with 2-3 thin layers of Tar Green.

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Pepsi Challenge, Giants Ridge, Biwabik, MN

Saturday, March 2. 10 A.M. 50K/25K Classic; 10:30 A.M. 50K Skate 10:40 A.M. 25K Skate; 10:50 A.M. 8K Freestyle Mass starts, 25K or 4K laps

http://www.pepsichallengeskirace.com/pepsi.php

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

Glider: MF10 or HF10 Green.

Topcoat: HF13 Block, ironed and corked.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply a layer of Base Wax, and iron into the gripzone. Clean excess from edges and grooves, and cork smooth. Apply 3-4 layers of Synthetic Green Grip over the Base, corking smooth. Apply 2 layers of Tar Green on top.

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Black Mountain 31K Classic, Rippling Rapids Golf Course, Cheboygan, MI

10 A.M., 31K Classic, Mass start; 10K Tour. http://nordicskiracer.com

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green or MF10 Green

Glider: HF8 Blue

Topcoat: HF11 block, ironed through a sheet of Fiberlene, and/or HFxt Blue Finishing Gel.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply a thin layer of Base, and crayon a layer of Synthetic Blue Grip on top. Iron the Base and Blue together, and let cool. After cooling, cork smooth, and add another layer of Synthetic Blue. Then add 4 alternating layers of RF Red and RF Blue, finishing with RF Blue (Red/Blue/Red/Blue). Go shorter with the RF Red layers, and cork the RF Blue lightly on top so as not to blend the wax layers.

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Feb
23
8:00 AM08:00

American Birkebeiner

American Birkebeiner Trail. Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin.

Updated 02/20/2019 at 6pm local time.

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PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATION

UPDATED WEDNESDAY NIGHT 6 PM

Kevin Kj Johnson just skied 15km of the course Wednesday afternoon and tested waxes.

Blue is better than Purple at the moment even with all the new 26F snow.

HFXT8/HF8 Blue was much better than HFXT6/HF6 Purple

HFXT Blue Finishing Gel was much better than HFXT Purple Finishing Gel

HF9 finishing powder was slightly better than HF7 finishing Powder.

This new snow is going to fall with temps in the low- to mid-twenties (Fahrenheit) so this will slightly “warm” the snowpack.

After the snow falls, the lowest temp we’ll see before the race is 11-12F early Friday morning. Thursday and Friday afternoon both look to see temps reaching the upper 20s.

With more new snow beginning to fall Friday night when the temps are in the mid-twenties, and temps only falling to 18F overnight…

If all of the above hold true, the conditions on race morning will be perfect Start “Blue” conditions.

It will be another awesome Birkie!  

Our Current Recommendation (posted WEDNESDAY 02/20/19 at 6PM local)

Glider - XTra Fast

Base. Start MF8 Blue or Start BWLF

Glide. Start HFXT Blue (or HF6 Blue)

Finishing Gel, Start HFXT Blue Gel

Fluor Powder. Start HF9 for Early Finishers, HF7 for late finishers. Both will be fairy similar in this snow.

Glider - Fast but Economical

Base. Start SG8 Blue

Glide. Start MF6 Purple

Finishing Agent. Start HFXT Blue Gel or Start HF11 Fluor Block

Kick

Base. Start Base. One thin layer, ironed.

Main Kick. Start Synthetic Blue, first layer ironed.

Finishing Kick. Start FHF80 Blue for early starters and Start FHF60 Red for late starters. Start Terva Blue and Red would be good alternatives, too.

***If you like to bring extra waxes with you during the race, FHF60 Red, RF Red, Terva Red and Synthetic Purple would all be good options. 

Ski Selection

Medium-Soft Flex skis for Universal conditions with a Universal or Cold-Universal stonegrind.

Consider adding mid/cold-conditions hand structure such as a light tranversal or chevron-shaped structure like Start Diagonal-Fine 0.5, Start W-Fine 0.5, Red Creek 0/-10, Red Creek -5/-15 or similar from another manufacturer.

Skin Skis

Start Skin Grip Paste to clean followed by Skin Grip HF Spray

 Get latest updates at StartSkiWaxUSA.com  email Start@endurance-enterprises.com

Get the wax at your local race centers including;

Bike Doc, Boulder Nordic Sport, Continental, FinnSisu, Gear West, Hoigaard’s, Mel’s Trading Post, Minocqua Winter Park, Pioneer Midwest, Ski Hut.

In Hayward, Seeley, Cable area get our products at New Moon, Riverbrook and Start Line Inn

See you at the Birkie Expo.

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Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Korteloppet

“OO” Trailhead to Hayward, Wisconsin.

Updated 02/20/2019 at 6pm local time.

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Conditions

Expect clean, untransfomed, new (but not actively falling) snow.

Glide

Base. Start BWLF or Start MF8 Blue

Race. Start HFXT Blue or Start HF8 Blue

Finishing. Start HF9 fluoro powder or Start HFXT Blue Gel

Kick

Base. Start Base thin and ironed together with 1 layer of Start Synthetic Blue

Main Kick. Start Synthetic Blue or RF Blue

Finishing. Start FHF80 Blue or Terva Blue

Ski Selection

Medium-Soft Flex skis for Universal conditions with a Universal or Cold-Universal stonegrind.

Consider adding mid/cold-conditions hand structure such as a light tranversal or chevron-shaped structure like Start Diagonal-Fine 0.5, Start W-Fine 0.5, Red Creek 0/-10, Red Creek -5/-15 or similar from another manufacturer.

Skin Skis

Start Skin Grip Paste to clean followed by Skin Grip HF Spray

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Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

Founders Classic, Warman Public Ski Area, Warman, MN

Sunday, February 17. 1 P.M. 20K/10K/5K, Classic https://www.moraskiclub.org/home/foundersclassic

Glidewax:

Base: Magic 8, or LF10 or BM6 Green

Glider: HF8 Blue or HFxt Blue. If snow not warming, then HFxt Green or HF10 Green.

Topcoat: HFxt Blue Finishing Gel

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzones. Apply Base Wax, and iron into the gripzone. Clean excess from grooves and edges. Cork smooth and apply several layers of Synthetic Green. Apply 2 more layers of Synthetic Blue, finishing with a layer of RF Blue.

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Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Woodland Loppet, Woodland Hills Trails, Elk River, MN

Sunday, February 17. 10 A.M.. 20K/10K, Freestyle. Mass start on a 10K loop

https://www.signmeup.com/reg/form/129572/registration

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

Glider: HF10 Green, or MF10 Green.

Topcoat:

Option 1: HF13 Block, ironed through a sheet of fiberlene, then a second layer rubbed on and hand-or roto-corked. Polish with designated fluor brushes.

Option 2: HF9 Fluor powder, ironed, then “brushed up”, and ironed again. Hand- or roto-cork, then polish.

Option 3: Apply a thin layer of HF13 over the HF9 powder, and hand-cork and brush.

Option4: New HFxt Blue Finishing Gel either applied alone over the glider layer, or on top of the powder or block. Hand-cork and brush.

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Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Pincushion Mountain Winter Festival, Pincushion Mountain Trails, Grand Marais, MN

Sunday, February 17. 10 A.M.

32K and 10K, Classic. Mass start

http://www.pincushiontrails.org/races.php

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

GLider: HF10 or MF10 Green

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

Gripwax: Clean and sand bases. Apply Base Wax Extra, and iron into the gripzone. Clean excess from grooves and edges. Apply several layers of Synthetic Green, and test. If not enough grip, add several layers of RF Blue. If grip was good with Synthetic Green alone, then finish with several more layers of Tar Green.

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Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Meijer State Games - Classic, Hanson Hills, Grayling, MI

Sunday, February 17. 10 A.M. 14K Classic. 15 second interval starts. http://nordicskiracer.com

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

Glider: HF10 Green or MF10 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.

Gripwax: Clean and sand gripzone. Apply Base Wax, and iron into the gripzone. Clean excess from grooves and edges. Cork smooth. Apply 3-4 layers of Synthetic Green, covered with a layer of Tar Green. If needs speeding up, apply a layer of Tar or Synthetic Black.


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Feb
17
8:30 AM08:30

Mayor’s XC Challenge Supertour/JNQ, Theo Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

Sunday, February 17. Start times from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

10K/5K, Freestyle Interval start. Each age group skis multiple loops.

https://www.loppet.org/events/mayorschallenge/

Glidewax:

Base: BM6 Green or

Glider: HF8 Blue or HFxt Blue

Topcoat:

Option 1, early start time: HF 13 block, 2 layers, first layer ironed, 2nd layer corked.

Option 2, later start time: HF11 and HF13 blocks, rubbed on and corked together.

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


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Feb
16
2:00 PM14:00

Michigan High School Championships Sprint Al Quaal Recreation Area, Ishpeming, MI

Saturday, February 16. 2 P.M. Qualifiers, Girls then Boys, 1K Classic technique Heats: Girls 3:30 P.M., Boys 4:05 P.M. http://www.superiorlandskiclub.com

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

GLider: HF8 Blue

Gripwax: Clean and sand bases. Apply a layer of Base wax, and rub a layer of Synthetic Blue on top. Iron or cork the two together. Let cool and cork smooth. Remove excess from groove and edges. AFter cooling, apply 3-4 layers of RF Blue gripwax. IF not enough grip, add a layer of RF Red under the toe, but cover with RF Blue.


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Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Meijer State Games - Freestyle, Forbush Corner, Frederic, MI

Saturday, February 16, 10am. 17K/8K Freestyle races. Mass starts. http://nordicskiracer.com

Glidewax:

Base: BM6 Green moly-fluor or LF10 Green

Glider: MF10 or HF10 Green or HFxt Green

Topcoat: HF13 Block, rubbed on and ironed in through a sheet of fliberlene. Hand-cork, then Let cool, and rub on a second layer. Then hand-cork, and brush after letting cool.

Topcoat Alternate: HF9 powder, ironed, then “brushed up”, and ironed again. Lightly scrape, hand-cork, then brushed completely using designated fluor brushes. Apply a thin layer of HF13, handcorked and brushed, over the HF9 for top performance.

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Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

Mayor's XC Challenge Supertour/JOQ, Theo Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

Start times from 9 A.M. to 1:20 P.M. 20K to 5K, Classic. Mass start, each age group skis multiple loops

https://www.loppet.org/events/mayorschallenge/

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 or MF10 Green

Glider: MF10 or HF10 (typically one fluor level higher than what was applied as a base)

Topcoat:

Option 1: HF13 Block, ironed through a sheet of fiberlene, then a second layer rubbed on and hand-or roto-corked. Polish with designated fluor brushes.

Option 2: HF9 Fluor powder, ironed, then “brushed up”, and ironed again. Hand- or roto-cork, then polish.

Option 3: Apply a thin layer of HF13 over the HF9 powder, and hand-cork and brush.

Option4: New HFxt Blue Finishing Gel either applied alone over the glider layer, or on top of the powder or block. Hand-cork and brush.

Gripwax: Clean and wax gripzones.

Base: Apply a layer of Base Extra, and iron into the gripzone. Cork after cooling. For early starters, Apply several layers of Synthetic Blue, then multiple layers of RF Blue. If not enough grip, apply a layer of RF Red under the toe. Later starters may want to use RF Red after the Synthetic Blue, covered with a layer of RF Blue or FHF80 Blue.


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Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

Michigan HS Championships Pursuit – Classic Al Quaal Recreation Area, Ishpeming, MI

Saturday, February 16. 9 A.M. Girls, 10 A.M. Boys, 5K, Pursuit start Single lap course http://www.superiorlandskiclub.com

Glidewax:

Base: LF10 Green

GLider: HF10 or MF10 Green.

Gripwax: Clean and sand bases. Apply a thin layer of Base Wax, cleaning excess from grooves and edges. Apply a layer of Synthetic Blue, then 2 layers of Synthetic Green. Cover with Tar Green.


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Feb
14
10:00 AM10:00

MN High School State Championships

Giants Ridge. Biwabik, Minnesota.

Forecast can be found here.

5k Skate. Individual Start.

Base. Start BWLF or LF8 Blue

Race. Start HF10 Green

Top Coat. Start HF13 block (or SFR92 block)

5k Classic. Pursuit Start.

Glide

Base. Start BWLF or LF8 Blue

Race. Start HFXT Blue or HF8 Blue

Top Coat. Start HFXT Blue Finishing Gel or Start HF13 block (or SFR92 block)

Kick

Base. Start Base (thin) covered with 1-layer Start Synthetic Blue; ironed together.

Race. Start FHF80 Blue Start or RF Blue

Finishing. Start FHF80 Blue (if snowing try Start Terva Blue)

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Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Northend Classic

Glide

Base. Start SGG (graphite) or BWG (Base wax graphite)

Race. Start HFXT Green or HF10 Green; Start MF10 Green would be good, too.

Finishing. Start HF13 Fluoro block.

Kick

Base. Start Base, 1 thin layer followed by 1 thin layer Synthentic Green. Iron both together.

Kick. Start Synthetic Green.

Finishing. 1 layer Start Terva Green.

***Consider testing RF Blue for extra kick and Start Synthetic Nordic for better glide.

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Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Mora Vasaloppet

Forecast available here.

Glide

Base. Start SGG (graphite) or BWG (Base wax graphite)

Race. Start MF10 Green (or Start HFXT Green or HF10 Green)

Finishing. Start HF13 fluoro block

Kick

Base. Start Base, 1 thin layer followed by 1 thin layer Synthentic Green. Iron both together.

Kick. Start Synthetic Nordic.

Finishing. 1 layer Start Terva Black.

***Consider testing Start Synthetic Green for extra kick.

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Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Pre Birkie

Forecast available here.

Glide

Base. Start SGG (graphite) or BWG (Base wax graphite)

Race. Start MF10 Green (or Start HFXT Green or HF10 Green)

Finishing. Start HF13 fluoro block

Kick

Base. Start Base, 1 thin layer followed by 1 thin layer Synthentic Green. Iron both together.

Kick. Start Synthetic Nordic.

Finishing. 1 layer Start Terva Black.

***Consider testing Start Synthetic Green for extra kick.

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Feb
9
to Feb 10

Wisconsin Nordic Ski League Championships

More details about the event can be found at http://www.winordicski.org/

Forecast available here.

Saturday. Freestyle.

Glide

Base. Start SGG (graphite) or BWG (Base wax graphite)

Race. Start MF10 Green

Finishing. Start HF13 cold block. Hand-cork, polish, brush well.

Sunday. Classic Pursuit.

Glide

Base. Start SGG (graphite) or BWG (Base wax graphite)

Race. Start HFXT Green or HF10 Green.

Kick

Base. Start Base, 1 thin layer followed by 1 thin layer Synthentic Green. Iron both together.

Kick. Start Synthetic Green.

Finishing. 1 layer Start Terva Green.

***Consider testing RF Blue for extra kick.

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