Feb
25
11:00 am11:00

Korteloppet 2017

Updated 02.23.2017

The Birkie and Korte will both run on Saturday (if they get enough new snow).  

See the Birkie recommendation for Korteloppet racers.  

http://www.startskiwaxusa.com/american-birkebeiner-waxing-suggestions/

Feb
18
9:00 am09:00

Minnesota Finlandia

Buena Vista Ski Trails. Bemidji, MN

Preceding Weather. Lows in the upper 20s, high around 40F on Friday.  

Race Day Weather. Low temp dropping to 28F with start time temp at 31F going to upper 30s by the end of the race.  Humidity will be really high with fog likely. 

Snow Conditions. Expect transformed icy snow transitioning to transformed wet snow. .  

Glide Wax. 

Base. Start BM6 Green or LF8 Blue

Race Wax. Start FHF4 Purple. HF4 Red, MF4 Red or LF4 Red would be good economic alternatives. 

Fluoro. Start  FHF5 Powder. Start SFR40 Powder would be a good alternative. Start SFR99 Block would be a good economic option.  

Kick Wax. 

Base. Start Base Klister, thin and ironed 

Main Wax. Start FHF50 Universal Klister. Start Uni Wide mixed 1:1 with Uni Plus or Red would be a good alternative.  

Final Layer. Start BM Fluor hardwax; thin layer smoothed with the palm of your hand

Feb
18
Feb 19

Mayor's Challenge JNQ Race

Wirth Park. Minneapolis, MN

Weather. Lows 34-36F, High Temp Saturday and Sunday 44-46F. 

Snow Conditions. Dirty, granular snow getting wetter through the day each day. 

Glide. 

Base. Start BWLF or LF8 Blue. 

Race Wax. Start FHF2 (super high fluoro). Start FHF4 or Start BM2 would be other good options. (This is a no fluoro powder/liquid/block weekend)

Kick. 

Base. Start Purple klister

Main Kick Wax. Start FHF10 Red klister or Start Uni Plus klister

Feb
16
10:00 am10:00

MN State HS Championship

UPDATED Tuesday Feb 14 at 8:15am

Giants Ridge. Biwabik, MN

Preceding Weather. Monday got above freezing again causing the top layer of snow to transform to icy snow.  

Race Day Weather. Expect morning Skate race temps to be 12-15F with afternoon Classic race temps to be 29-32F. 

Snow Conditions. Expect mixed transformed and untransformed snow. Humidity won't be high by midwest standards and snow should be somewhat dry, even in the afternoon, because of the windy conditions on preceding days.  

Skate Race Glide Wax. 

Base. Start LF10 Green

Race Wax. Start HF8 Blue. MF8 or LF8 would be good economic alternatives. 

Fluoro. Start SFR92 block. 

Classic Race Glide Wax. 

Base. Start BWLF or Start LF8 Blue

Race Wax. Start HF6 Purple. MF6 or LF6 would be good economic alternatives

Fluoro. Start SFR99 block

Kick Wax. 

Base. Start Base Extra hardwax, thin and ironed 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Blue

Final Layer. Start RF Red or FHF60 Red

 

Feb
12
10:00 am10:00

North End Classic

UPDATED Thursday February 9 @ 10am.

North End Trails. Cable, WI. 

Discussion. The frigid overnight temps Tuesday through Thursday night should be enough to keep the snow-pack acting colder than the air temps throughout the weekend. My best-guess is that even if the thermometer hits 35-37F on Friday, the snow won't transform very much and waxing will be more similar to typical upper-twenties waxing than mid-thirties waxing.   

Preceding Weather. After cold temps Wednesday and Thursday (lows around 0F, highs around 10F), Friday will be warmer (apx 35F). Overnight temp should drop to 21F on Friday night. 

Race Day Weather. Start time temps around 25F topping out at 34F by the afternoon; but staying below freezing for the duration of the race.  

Snow Conditions. Expect some transformed snow mixed with untransformed snow. 

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start BWLF (Base Wax Low Fluoro) is perfect for this type of condition. Start LF8 Blue or SG8 Blue are good economy options.  

Race Wax. Start HF6 Purple. MF6 or LF6 Purple would be good economy options. 

Fluoro:  Start SFR60 powder or SFR99 block will be dynamite. If the snow does transform moderately on Friday and Saturday, Start SFR300 liquid could be a good option.

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Synthetic Purple. If you typically need more kick, Oslo Purple would be a good choice.  

Final Layer: FHF60 Red or RF Red hardwax, thin and lightly smoothed with the palm of your hand. 

Feb
11
Feb 12

Wisconsin HS State Meet

UPDATED Thursday February 9 @ 10am. Look for more updates on Friday! 

Birkie Start Trailhead. Cable, WI

Skate Saturday - Classic Pursuit Sunday. 

Discussion. The frigid overnight temps Tuesday through Thursday night should be enough to keep the snow-pack acting colder than the air temps throughout the weekend. My best-guess is that even if the thermometer hits 35-37F on Friday, the snow won't transform very much and waxing will be more similar to typical upper-twenties waxing than mid-thirties waxing.   

Preceding Weather. After cold temps Wednesday and Thursday (lows around 0F, highs around 10F), Friday will be warmer (apx 35F). Overnight temp should drop to 21F on Friday night. 

Race Day Weather. Both Saturday and Sunday look to start out around 25F topping out at 34F by the afternoon; but staying below freezing for the duration of the race.  

Snow Conditions. Expect some transformed snow mixed with untransformed snow. 

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start BWLF (Base Wax Low Fluoro) is perfect for this type of condition. Start LF8 Blue or SG8 Blue are good economy options.  

Race Wax. Start HF6 Purple. MF6 or LF6 Purple would be good economy options. 

Fluoro:  SFR99 block will be dynamite. If the snow does transform moderately on Friday and Saturday, Start SFR300 liquid could be a good option on Sunday.  

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Synthetic Purple. Other waxes that might be worth testing are Oslo Blue, Synthetic Blue, Oslo Purple, FHF60 Red and RF Red. 

Final Layer: FHF60 Red or RF Red hardwax, thin and lightly smoothed with the palm of your hand. 

Feb
11
10:00 am10:00

Pre Birkie

Birkie Trail. Hayward, WI

Preceding Weather. After cold temps Wednesday and Thursday (lows around 0F, highs around 10F), Friday will be warmer (apx 35F) with a trace of of icy rain. Overnight temp should drop to 21F on Friday night. 

Race Day Weather. Temp at race start time should be 25F and rising to 34F by the afternoon. 

Snow Conditions. Expect some transformed snow mixed with untransformed snow. 

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start BM6 Green.  Start LF10 Green, SG10 Green or Start SGG Graphite are good economy options.  

Race Wax. Start FHF4 Purple or BM4 Purple. MF6 or LF6 Purple would be good economy options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR60 fluor powder. SFR99 block would be good universal options, too. 

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Extra, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Purple. 

Final Layer: FHF60 Red hardwax, thin and lightly smoothed with the palm of your hand. Start RF Red would be a good alternative.  

Feb
11
10:00 am10:00

Mora Vasaloppet

UPDATED Thursday Feb 9 @ 9:30am

Downtown Mora through Nordic Center Trails. Mora, MN

Preceding Weather. After cold temps Wednesday and Thursday (lows around 0F, highs around 10F), Friday will be warmer (apx 35F) with a trace of of icy rain. Overnight temp should drop to 25F on Friday night. 

Race Day Weather. Temp at race start time should be 28F and rising to 35F by the afternoon. Humidity will be high in the morning.  

Snow Conditions. Expect old transformed snow with a moderate amount of debris from ground-up leaves, and some dirt spots.   

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start BM6 Green.  Start LF10 Green, SG10 Green or Start SGG Graphite are good economy options.  

Race Wax. Start FHF4 Purple or BM4 Purple. MF6 or LF6 Purple would be good economy options. 

Fluoro: Start FHF7 fluor powder or BM3 fluor powder. Start SF30 or SFR99 block would be good universal options, too. 

Kick Wax (option 1; more durability and will work better further into the day)

Base Wax. Start Base klister, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. FHF50 Universal klister. Or Special klister and Uni Wide klister mixed 50/50. 

Final Layer: Start BM fluor hardwax or FHF40 Purple hardwax, thin and lightly smoothed with the palm of your hand. 

Kick Wax (option 2; less durable, but likely higher speed)

Base Wax. Start Base klister, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Purple. 

Final Layer: Start BM fluor hardwax or FHF60 Red hardwax, thin and lightly smoothed with the palm of your hand. 

Feb
9
Feb 12

North American Vasa- Traverse City MI

Sunday Feb 12

Snow; Lows overnight in mid 20's  rising to above freezing with snow rain mix.

UnderGlide: BM6 to keep dirt off

Glide FHF4

Top Coat; FHF 5

 

Kick: Oslo  Purple

Feb
9
11:00 am11:00

MN HS Section 7 Championships

UPDATED Tuesday Feb 7 @ 6:30pm

Wirth Park. Minneapolis, MN

Preceding Weather. Overnights apx -10F.  Day time highs apx 10-15F. 

Race Day Weather. Temp at morning race time should be 0F and 8F for the afternoon race. Humidity will be low.  

Snow Conditions. Expect old transformed snow mixed with just a little new wind-blown snow.  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start SG10 Green or Start SGG Graphite are both good options.  

Race Wax. Start MF10 Green, or LF10 Green would be a good economic option. 

Fluoro: Start SFR92 block will add some speed. It tested very well on Tuesday and will only get better as it gets colder. 

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Synthetic Green. 

Final Layer: Start Synthetic Nordic (Black) for a little extra speed. Just 1 thin layer is needed.

Feb
9
10:00 am10:00

MN HS Section 2 Championships

UPDATED Tuesday Feb 7 @ 6:30pm

Wirth Park. Minneapolis, MN

Preceding Weather. Temp dropping through the day on Tuesday. Temps dropping to 1F overnight. 

Race Day Weather. Temp at morning race time should be 4-6F and 12-14F for the afternoon race. Humidity will be low.  

Snow Conditions. Expect old transformed snow mixed with just a little new wind-blown snow.  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite are both good options.  

Race Wax. HF10 Green. Start MF10 or LF10 Green would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR92 block will add some speed. It tested very well on Tuesday and will only get better as it gets colder. 

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Extra, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Green. 

Final Layer: Start Synthetic Green

Feb
9
10:00 am10:00

MN HS Section 4 Championships

UPDATED Tuesday Feb 7 @ 6:30pm

Hyland Park. Bloomington, MN

Preceding Weather. Temp dropping through the day on Tuesday. Temps dropping to 1F overnight. 

Race Day Weather. Temp at morning race time should be 4-6F and 12-14F for the afternoon race. Humidity will be low.  

Snow Conditions. Expect old transformed snow mixed with just a little new wind-blown snow.  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite are both good options.  

Race Wax. HF10 Green. Start MF10 or LF10 Green would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR92 block will add some speed. It tested very well on Tuesday and will only get better as it gets colder. 

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Extra, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Green. 

Final Layer: Start Synthetic Green

Feb
8
10:00 am10:00

MN HS Section 6 Championships

UPDATED Tuesday Feb 7 @ 6:30pm

Hyland Park. Bloomington, MN

Preceding Weather. Temp dropping through the day on Tuesday. Temps dropping to 5F overnight. 

Race Day Weather. Temp at morning race time should be 6-8F and 10-12F for the afternoon race. Humidity will be low.  

Snow Conditions. Expect old transformed snow mixed with just a little new wind-blown snow..  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite are both good options.  

Race Wax. HF10 Green. Start MF10 or LF10 Green would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR92 block will add some speed. It tested very well on Tuesday and will only get better as it gets colder. 

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Extra, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Green. 

Final Layer: Start FHF80 Blue kick wax.  Start Synthetic Green may be a good alternative

Feb
8
10:00 am10:00

MN HS Section 5 Championships

UPDATED Tuesday Feb 7 @ 6pm

Theodore Wirth Park. Minneapolis, MN

Preceding Weather. Temp dropping through the day on Tuesday. Temps dropping to 5F overnight. 

Race Day Weather. Temp at morning race time should be 6-8F and 10-12F for the afternoon race. Humidity will be low.  

Snow Conditions. Expect old transformed snow mixed with just a little new wind-blown snow..  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite are both good options.  

Race Wax. MF10 Green. Start LF10 Green would be a good economic option. 

Fluoro: Start SFR92 block will add some speed. It tested very well on Tuesday afternoon and will only get better as it gets colder. 

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Extra, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Green. 

Final Layer: Start FHF80 Blue kick wax.  Start Synthetic Green may be a good alternative. 

Feb
7
5:00 pm17:00

MN HS Section 8 Championships

Maplelag Resort. Callaway, MN

Preceding Weather. Highs in the low 20s, lows in the upper single digits.  Temps hovering around 12F overnight with snow beginning at Midnight.  

Race Day Weather. Snowing and windy with accumulations of 1-3 inches during the day. Start time temp should be around 12F staying between 12F and 15F through the afternoon.

Snow Conditions. Expect new snow falling on old snow.  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite are both good options.  

Race Wax. HF8 Blue. Start MF8 or LF8 Blue would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR 92 block.

 

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Blue. 1 thin layer. 

Final Layer: Start Terva Green. In minimal new snow accumulates, Synthetic Green would be great. 

 

Feb
7
10:00 am10:00

MN HS Section 1 Championships

UPDATED Sunday Feb 5 @ 9:30am

Hyland Regional Park. Bloomington, MN

Preceding Weather. Highs in the upper 20s, lows in the upper teens.  Temps hovering around 32F overnight with snow beginning at Midnight.  

Race Day Weather. Snowing and windy with accumulations of 1-3 inches during the day. Start time temp should be around 30F staying between 29F and 31F through the afternoon.

Snow Conditions. Expect new snow falling on highly-transformed, dirty granular snow.  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite are both good options.  

Race Wax. HF6 Purple. Start MF6 or LF6 Purple would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start FHF11 block and FHF3 liquid corked together if new snow. Start SFR300 liquid if no significant accumulation. Start SFR 99 block would be a "universal" choice regardless of how much (or little) new snow accumulates.      

 

Kick Wax (Option 1, assuming minimal or no new snow)

Base Wax. Start Base Extra, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start FHF30 Purple Klister. Start Oslo Purple may be another good choice.

Final Layer: Start BM Fluor kick wax or Start FHF60 Red kick wax.  Start RF Red may be another good choice.

Kick Wax (Option 2, assuming there is new snow and/or actively falling snow)

Base Wax. Start Base, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Purple hardwax. 

Final Layer: Start FHF40 Purple kick wax.  Start FHF60 Red, Terva Purple or Terva Red may be a good alternatives depending on how wind-blown the new snow is and/or how much kick each individual skier likes.

Feb
7
10:00 am10:00

MN HS Section 3 Championships

UPDATED Sunday Feb 5 @ 9:30am

Theodore Wirth Park. Minneapolis, MN

Preceding Weather. Highs in the upper 20s, lows in the upper teens.  Temps hovering around 32F overnight with snow beginning at Midnight.  

Race Day Weather. Snowing and windy with accumulations of 1-3 inches during the day. Start time temp should be around 30F staying between 29F and 31F through the afternoon.

Snow Conditions. Expect new snow falling on highly-transformed, dirty granular snow.  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite are both good options.  

Race Wax. HF6 Purple. Start MF6 or LF6 Purple would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start FHF11 block and FHF3 liquid corked together if new snow. Start SFR300 liquid if no significant accumulation. Start SFR 99 block would be a "universal" choice regardless of how much (or little) new snow accumulates.      

 

Kick Wax (Option 1, assuming minimal or no new snow)

Base Wax. Start Base Extra, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start FHF30 Purple Klister. Start Oslo Purple may be another good choice.

Final Layer: Start BM Fluor kick wax or Start FHF60 Red kick wax.  Start RF Red may be another good choice.

Kick Wax (Option 2, assuming there is new snow and/or actively falling snow)

Base Wax. Start Base, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Purple hardwax. 

Final Layer: Start FHF40 Purple kick wax.  Start FHF60 Red, Terva Purple or Terva Red may be a good alternatives depending on how wind-blown the new snow is and/or how much kick each individual skier likes.

Feb
5
9:00 pm21:00

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle

Updated Wed Feb 1 @ 9:45am

Theodore Wirth Park. Minneapolis, MN

Discussion

Right now we're waiting to see how much new snow will accumulate Saturday afternoon/evening; and what the grooming plans will be for mixing the new snow in with the old snow. If you had to wax skis now, our guess is the snow will act colder than the air temps indicate because it is forecast to be windy when the snow falls which dries the snow out. And the snowpack that is currently there is hard and abrasive. Both of these indicate using a colder wax than the air temp so we're focusing on the "blue" range of waxes. We will update again as we are able to test on Thursday and Friday; and when we get a better idea of the snow fall and grooming situation.  

Preceding Weather. Highs around 20F, lows around 8F. 

Race Day Weather. Start time temp should be around 22F for the Freestyle Marathon and 25F for the Puoli Loppet, topping out around 28F by the afternoon. 

Snow Conditions. Expect new snow mixed with highly-transformed, dirty granular snow. 

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax. HF8 Blue. Start MF8 or LF8 Blue would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR75 blue powder. SFR99 block would be great economic option.   

Feb
4
9:00 pm21:00

City of Lakes Loppet Classic

Updated Thurs Feb 3 @ 11pm

Theodore Wirth Park. Minneapolis, MN

Discussion

Right now we're waiting to hear what the grooming plans will be for race-day. Kick wax testing on Wednesday indicated FHF Purple klister (without a cover) was good, but covering the klister with BM Fluor hard wax made the skis much faster without taking away from the kick. Oslo Blue (over Base Wax Extra) was also really good, but we only skied for about 4km so I'm not confident that would last for the full 30km distance. We will do more durability testing on Friday morning and we'll update the recommendation as soon as we're done testing around noon.  

Preceding Weather. Highs around 20F, lows around 10F. 

Race Day Weather. Start time temp should be around 18F for the Hoigaards Classic Marathon and 26F for the Puoli Loppet, topping out around 32F by the afternoon.

Snow Conditions. Expect highly-transformed, dirty granular snow.  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start BM6 Green. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite would be good economic options.  

Race Wax. HF8 Blue. Start MF8 or LF8 Blue would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR60 purple powder. SFR99 block would be great economic option.   

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Klister, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start FHF30 Purple Klister. Start Purple Klister may be another good choice.

Final Layer: Start BM Fluor kick wax or Start FHF60 Red kick wax.  Start RF Blue or Synthetic Purple may be another good choice. 

Skin Skis

Wipe skin with Fiberlene to clean most of the dirt. Apply Start Skin Grip and wipe clean with Fiberlene. Repeat until Fiberlene shows no more dirt. 

Spray Start Fluoro Skin Grip on the skin.  This should be done on race morning.  

For maximum speed, apply Start SFR300 liquid to skin about 15 minutes before the race start. 

Feb
4
10:00 am10:00

Wolf Tracks Rendezvous

Minocqua Winter Park. Minocqua, WI

Preceding Weather. Highs around 20F, lows around 5F. 

Race Day Weather. Start time temp should be around 8F, topping out around 23F by the afternoon.

Snow Conditions. Expect clean, un-transformed snow.   

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite. 

Race Wax. HF8 Blue. Start MF8 or LF8 Blue would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR75 Blue powder. SFR92 block would be great economic option.   

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start FHF80 Blue. Start Synthetic Blue would be a good substitute. 

Final Layer: 1 layer of Start Synthetic Green to speed things up for the first 1/4 of the race. 

Skin Skis

Wipe skin with Fiberlene to clean most of the dirt. Apply Start Skin Grip and wipe clean with Fiberlene. Repeat until Fiberlene shows no more dirt. 

Spray Start Fluoro Skin Grip on the skin.  This should be done on race morning.  

For maximum speed, apply Start SFR300 liquid to skin about 15 minutes before the race start.

 

Jan
29
10:00 am10:00

Iola Norseman Challenge

Iola Winter Sports Club. Iola, WI

Preceding Weather. Highs in the upper 20s, lows around 20F, with 3-4 inches of new snow predicted.

Race Day Weather. Start time temp should be around 20F and topping out around 27F by the afternoon. The current forecast is a for light snow during the race and the humidity will be high (80%+).   

Snow Conditions. Expect highly-transformed granular snow mixed with new snow.

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start BM6 Green, Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax. HF6 Violet. Start MF6 or LF6 Violet would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR60 purple powder. SFR99 block or SFR300 liquid would be great economic options.   

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Wax Extra, thin and ironed. (Start Violet Klister could be the choice if less snow falls than is forecast) 

Main Wax. Start RF Blue. Try Start RF Red if more kick is needed.  (Start Uni Wide Klister could be the choice if less snow falls than is forecast). Start Terva Blue and Terva Red could be fantastic if there is more new snow (6+ inches) than the current forecast suggests.

Skin Skis

Wipe skin with Fiberlene to clean most of the dirt. Apply Start Skin Grip and wipe clean with Fiberlene. Repeat until Fiberlene shows no more dirt. 

Spray Start Fluoro Skin Grip on the skin.  This should be done on race morning.  

For maximum speed, apply Start SFR300 liquid to skin about 15 minutes before the race start. 

Jan
29
10:00 am10:00

Nordic Spirit Ski Race

Spirit Mountain. Duluth, MN

Preceding Weather. Highs in the upper 20s, lows around 20F.

Race Day Weather. Start time temp should be around 18F and topping out around 22F by the afternoon. 

Snow Conditions. Expect mixed old-transformed with a little bit of newer snow. 

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start BM6 Green, Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax. Start FHF6 Blue or HF8 Blue. Start MF6 or LF6 Blue would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR60 Powder. SFR99 block would be a good alternative, too.   

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Blue Klister, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Blue.

Cover Wax (for extra speed). Start FHF 80 Blue or RF Blue. 

Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

Duluth JNQ/CCSA

Marshall School Trails. Duluth, MN

Preceding Weather. Highs in the upper 20s, lows around 20F, with 3-4 inches of new snow predicted.

Saturday Weather. Start time temp should be around 20F and topping out around 26F by the afternoon. 

Sunday Weather. Start time temp should be around 16F and topping out around 21F by the afternoon. 

Snow Conditions. Expect moderately dirty, transformed granular snow. 

Glide Wax.

Base Wax (both days). Start BM6 Green, Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax Saturday. Start BM6 Purple. HF6 Purple would be a good alternative, too. Start MF6 or LF6 Purple would be good economic options. 

Race Wax Sunday. Start BM6 Green. HF8 Blue would be a good alternative, too. Start MF8 or LF8 Blue would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR99 block.   

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Klister, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Uni Wide Klister, Start Blue Klister , and Start Violet Klister could all be in the mix. Start FHF 80 Blue would be an excellent cover, if needed. 

 

Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

Badger State Games

Nine Mile Trails. Wausau, WI

Preceding Weather. Highs in the upper 20s, lows around 20F. 

Saturday Weather. Start time temp should be around 20F and topping out around 26F by the afternoon. 

Snow Conditions. Expect mixed old-transformed and new high-moisture snow. 

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start BM6 Green, Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax. Start BM6 Purple or HF6 Purple. Start MF6 or LF6 Purple would be good economic options. 

Fluoro: Start SFR60 Powder. SFR99 block would be a good alternative, too.   

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Wax Extra, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start Oslo Blue.

Cover Wax (for extra speed). Start FHF 80 Blue or RF Blue. 

Jan
28
9:00 am09:00

Noquemanon Ski Marathon

START Racing Service staff will be on-hand at the expo on Friday evening with the latest details and information. Stop by to pick up your last-minute wax needs.   

Ishpeming to Marquette, MI

50k, 25k, 12k Classic and Skate Races

Preceding Weather. Highs in the upper 20s, lows around 20F, with a less than 3 inches of new snow predicted.

Race Day Weather. Start time temp should be around 20F and topping out around 27F by the afternoon. The current forecast is a for light snow during the race and the humidity will be high (80%+).   

Snow Conditions. Expect highly-transformed granular snow mixed with some newer snow. 

Notes on Recommendations:

We are currently recommending slightly different products for the long race and half (and short) races for 2 reasons. 1) The amount of old snow on the course is likely to be quite abrasive and 2) The half-distance race starts later and the temps will be warmer.  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start BM6 Green, Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax.

50k Skiers. Start FHF6 Blue, HF8 Blue or MF8 Blue

25k Skiers. Start FHF4 Violet, HF6 Violet or MF6 Violet

Fluoro: Start SFR60 purple powder. SFR99 block would be a great economic option.  

Top Coat. Start FHF11 block. SFR300 liquid would be a great economic option.  

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Wax Extra, thin and ironed. (Start Violet Klister could be the choice if less snow falls than is forecast) 

Main Wax. Start FHF Blue or RF Blue. Try Start FHF Red or RF Red if more kick is needed.  (Start Uni Wide Klister could be the choice if less snow falls than is forecast). Start Synthetic Blue, Synthetic Purple, Terva Blue and Terva Red could all be in the mixed depending on what the weather does in the next 3 days.

Skin Skis

Wipe skin with Fiberlene to clean most of the dirt. Apply Start Skin Grip and wipe clean with Fiberlene. Repeat until Fiberlene shows no more dirt. 

Spray Start Fluoro Skin Grip on the skin.  This should be done on race morning.  

For maximum speed, apply Start SFR300 liquid to skin about 15 minutes before the race start. 

 

Jan
22
11:00 am11:00

Boulder Lake Ski Race

Boulder Lake. Duluth, MN

Preceding Weather. Likely to stay above around or above freezing for 24-48 hours prior to the weekend with a decent shot at rain and/or snow Saturday into Sunday. 

Race Day Weather. Start time temp should be around 33-35F and topping out around 38F by the afternoon. The current forecast is a 30-40% chance of snow and/or rain with humidity in the 90%+ range.

Snow Conditions. Expect granular, dirty snow potentially mixed with some new, high-moisture snow. 

Maximum Speed Option

Glide. Base Wax. Start BM6 Green.

Race Wax. Start HF4 Red.   

Fluoro: Start SF30 powder. If significant new snow falls, Start SFR40 powder is dynamite!

Top Coat. Start SFR300 liquid or Start SFR99 block. 

Also Really Fast Options

Glide. Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax. Start BM2 Yellow, BM4 Violet,  HF4 Red, MF4 Red would all be good options. 

Fluoro. BM5 block, BM1 powder, SF30 powder would all be great options!

Jan
21
12:00 pm12:00

Cable Birkie Start JNQ

UPDATED 01/18/2017 at 11am

New Birkie Start Area. Cable, WI

Preceding Weather. Likely to stay above around or above freezing for 24-48 hours prior to the weekend.

Race Day Weather. Saturday. Start time temp should be around 33-35F and topping out around 38F by the afternoon. The current forecast is a 30-40% chance of rain with humidity in the 90%+ range.

Sunday. Morning temps around 34F with a chance of rain and/or snow. Afternoon highs around 36-38F. 

Snow Conditions. Expect granular, dirty snow with moderate moisture content. 

Maximum Speed Option

Glide. Base Wax. Start BM6 Green.

Race Wax. Start FHF2 Red.   

Fluoro: Start FHF5 powder. 

Top Coat. If it is raining or the snow is highly saturated with water, FHF1 (formerly called N1) liquid will be UNBEATABLE!

Also Really Fast Options

Glide. Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax. Start BM2 Yellow, BM4 Violet,  HF4 Red, MF4 Red would all be good options. 

Fluoro. SFR99 block, BM5 block, BM1 powder, SF30 powder, SFR300 liquid would all be great options! 

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base klister, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start FHF10 Red Fluoro klister; add some MFW Yellow or Uni Plus if more kick is needed. Start Uni Plus would also be a good choice.  

 

Jan
21
9:30 am09:30

Three Rivers Ski Rennet

UPDATED 01/18/2017 @ 10am 

Hyland Park. Bloomington, MN

Preceding Weather. Likely to stay above freezing for 24-28 hours preceding the race.

Race Day Weather. Start time temp should be around 35F and topping out around 40F by the afternoon. The current forecast is a 30-40% chance of rain with humidity in the 90%+ range. 

Snow Conditions. Expect granular artificial snow with moderate moisture content; or lots of moisture if it is raining.  

Maximum Speed Option

Glide. Base Wax. Start BM6 Green.

Race Wax. Start FHF2 Red.   

Fluoro: Start FHF5 powder. 

Top Coat. If it is raining or the snow is highly saturated with water, FHF1 (formerly called N1) liquid will be UNBEATABLE!

Also Really Fast Options

Glide. Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax. Start BM2 Yellow, BM4 Violet,  HF4 Red, MF4 Red would all be good options. 

Fluoro. SFR99 block, BM5 block, BM1 powder, SF30 powder, SFR300 liquid would all be great options! 

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base klister, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start FHF10 Red Fluoro klister; add some MFW Yellow or Uni Plus if more kick is needed. Start Uni Plus would also be a good choice.  

Skin Skis

Wipe skin with Fiberlene to clean most of the dirt. Apply Start Skin Grip and wipe clean with Fiberlene. Repeat until Fiberlene shows no more dirt. 

Spray Start Fluoro Skin Grip on the skin.  This should be done on race morning.  

For maximum speed, apply Start SFR300 liquid to skin about 15 minutes before the race start. 

 

 

Jan
21
9:00 am09:00

Lapham Loppet

Lapham Peak. Delafield, WI

Preceding Weather. Likely to stay above around or above freezing for 24-48 hours prior to the weekend.

Race Day Weather. Saturday. Start time temp should be around 38F and topping out around 45F by the afternoon. The current forecast is a 20% chance of rain with humidity in the 90%+ range.

Snow Conditions. Expect granular, dirty snow with moderate moisture content. 

Maximum Speed Option

Glide. Base Wax. Start BM6 Green.

Race Wax. Start FHF2 Red; alternative Start HF4 Red 

Fluoro: Start FHF5 powder. 

Top Coat. If it is raining or the snow is highly saturated with water, FHF1 (formerly called N1) liquid will be UNBEATABLE! Alternative Start SFR99 block. 

Also Really Fast Options

Glide. Base Wax. Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax. Start BM2 Yellow, BM4 Violet,  MF4 Red would all be good options. 

Fluoro. SFR99 block, BM5 block, BM1 powder, SF30 powder, SFR300 liquid would all be great options! 

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base klister, thin and ironed. 

Main Wax. Start FHF10 Red Fluoro klister; add some MFW Yellow or Uni Plus if more kick is needed. Start Uni Plus would also be a good choice.  

Jan
14
12:00 pm12:00

Mesabi East Invitational (2nd try!)

Giant's Ridge. Biwabik, MN

Preceding Weather. CRAZY cold on Thursday night (-31F) with temps around 0F on Friday. Low temp Friday night -10F. 

Race Day Weather. Start time temp should be low single digits below 0F rising to apx. +5F by the time most folks finish, topping out around 10F by the afternoon. 

Glide. Base Wax. Start LF10 Green.

Race Wax. Start MF10 Green.  

Start SG10 Green would be a good option, too. 

Fluoro: Start SFR92 block. 

Kick. Base Wax. Start Synthetic Green thin and ironed.

Main Wax. Start Synthetic Green, 2-3 layers.

Final Layers. Start Terva Black, 1-2 layers.