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Wax Rec: Snow Mountain Stampede Classic 2018

BNS Wax Recommendation

Snow Mountain Stampede Classic Race

Sun Mar 11, 2018

50km/25km/10km Classic

updated Saturday 1PM

Event Information

Event Web Site: https://snowmountainranch.org/event/stampede-race/

Freestyle Race (March 10): 10K, 25K, 50K
Classic Race (March 11): 10K, 25K, 50K

Saturday start times: 50K Skate: 9:00 am, 25K Skate: 9:15 am, 10K Skate 9:45 am,
Sunday start times: 50K Classic: 9:00 am, 25K Classic: 9:15 am, 10K Classic 9:45 am

Race Wax Service

BNS will offer a race wax service for the Stampede. Please drop skis off at the Boulder store by 6 on Thursday, March 8 for pickup at the race start Saturday and Sunday mornings. If you need to drop off skis at Snow Mountain on Friday or Saturday, please call to arrange details. We will need skis before noon on the day before the race.


click for the latest forecast from NOAA

Saturday Afternoon
A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. West northwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday night
Mostly clear, with a low around 12. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Sunny, with a high near 44. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wax Recommendation

This is the final recommendation based on the and on-snow testing.

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Base Layer: Ski*Go LF Graphite. This is a vital step for durability and dirt resistance. Iron 140C, let cool, brush with Holmenkol Steel Brush then Holmenkol Steel Microfinish (Fine Steel) or SkiGo Fine Steel.

Race Paraffin: Skigo HF Blue or Holmenkol Racing Mix Cold OR Holmenkol Speedbase Mid.

Fluoro Powder: Holmenkol Race Power Mid or Skigo C105 Powder or SkiGo N21 Powder (good in old/new mix).

Topcoat:  SkiGo C22 solid OR Skigo C105 Solid. Holmenkol Speedblock Mid 08.

Structure: C1.2 or C2.2 (classic) stone grind – hand structure Holmenkol Cross Structure Tool with one roller.

Kick Wax: Iron in a thin layer of SkiGo XC Green or Guru Green, let cool. Check at the BNS Board in the morning for kick wax recommendations, but expect Guru Green, SkiGo HF Violet and lots of blues to be in the mix.

Skin Wax: Holmenkol Skin Spray Racing or SkiGo Skin Wax Fluor or Holmenkol Ski Tour Skin Spray

Test Results

Test results from on-site testing Friday at 10AM. All tests done by feel on a matched set of test skis.


  1. Holmenkol Speedbase Mid (clear winner)
  2. SkiGo HF Orange
  3. Holmenkol Racing Mix Wet
  4. Holmenkol Racing Mix Mid
  5. SkiGo Orange/Green mix 50:50
  6. SkiGo HF Yellow

Fluoro Powder:

  1. SkiGo OR
  2. SkiGo C44/7
  3. SkiGo N21
  4. Holmenkol Syntec Wet
  5. Holmenkol Syntec Mid

Also tested:

  • Holmenkol Speedpowder Wet
  • SkiGo CM17LDQ
  • Holmenkol Race Powder Mid (mid 08)
  • SkiGo IR
  • SkiGo C22


The snowstorm that blew in during the race on Saturday dumped a lot of new snow. It's hard to know exactly how much old snow will mix in with the old snow underneath tomorrow morning when they re-groom, but it should be cold enough tonight to keep it in the hard wax range for the race tomorrow morning. The forecast is predicting fast warming and sun, though, so it might be smart to hedge and have a pair of klister skis ready to go as well. Check the BNS wax bench by the nordic center for kick recommendations.

*Note: BNS imports Holmenkol and SkiGo waxes, and also sells waxes from Swix, Toko, Rode, Solda, Rex, Guru, Innovax, Magnar and others. We search for the fastest waxes for our customers and our testing is professional, objective and transparent. We make our best effort to test what we think is the best from each brand. However, given that we are testing more options from Holmenkol and SkiGo, there is a bias toward those brands. With this full disclosure, you can assess the legitimacy of our testing yourself. Visit Swix and Toko for their official recommendations. If you have any questions please contact us.