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Wax Rec: Rabbit Ears Marathon 2018

BNS Wax Recommendation

Rabbit Ears Marathon

Sun April 8, 2018

34km/17km Freestyle

Event Information


Event Web Site: https://www.zapevent.com/reg/event/15349

17km loop course with 17km and 34km options. 8AM start.

Race Wax Service

BNS will offer a race wax service for the Rabbit Ears Marathon. Drop off skis at BNS by noon Friday and pick up your skis at the race start.


Weather

click for the latest forecast from NOAA

Friday
Periods of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. High near 37. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Friday night
Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Blustery, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Saturday
Snow showers likely before 11am, then periods of rain and snow showers between 11am and 1pm, then periods of rain showers after 1pm. Some thunder is also possible. High near 42. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Saturday Night
Rain showers before 1am, then rain and snow showers between 1am and 2am, then snow showers after 2am. Some thunder is also possible. Patchy blowing snow after 2am. Low around 24. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Sunday
Snow showers likely, mainly before noon. Some thunder is also possible. Patchy blowing snow before 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wax Recommendation

This is the final recommendation based on the forecast.

Click here for the BNS YouTube Channel for waxing videos and application tips.

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 Orange or Holmenkol Racing Mix Wet.

Fluoro PowderHolmenkol Speedpowder Wet or Skigo IR Powder.

Topcoat:  SkiGo C22 solid OR Holmenkol Speedblock Wet.

StructureS3.2 or S2.2 stone grind – hand structure Holmenkol Cross Structure Tool with one roller, possibly two rollers depending on how wet the new snow is.

Kick Wax: Iron in a thin layer of SkiGo XC Green or Guru Green, let cool. SkiGo HF Red, Guru Red and Holmenkol Red kick should all be great.

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


Test Results

No on site testing for this race

CONCLUSIONARY NOTES

The forecast calls for new snow falling right around freezing with some rain possible. This means the snowpack will likely be wet, fresh snow. Structure is vital in this situation, so make sure that you choose a good wet ski and apply hand structure and a fluoro top coat for best performance.

*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.

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