2023 Snow Mountain Stampede Skate
Date: 03/11/2023 Time: 09:00 am
Location: Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado
Event Website: https://ymcarockies.org/News/Article/snow-mountain-ranch-nordic-center-stampede-race
Click here for latest forecast:
Wednesday A 10 percent chance of snow after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Wednesday night: A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as -3. Breezy, with a southwest wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Wind chill values as low as -7. Windy, with a west wind 21 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph after midnight.
Friday: A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Friday Night: Snow likely, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday: Snow. High near 40. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.
Sunday: Snow likely, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Breezy.
Base Glide Layer Recommendation:
Race is fluoro free
Rode Graphite - OR - Rode Endurance
-OR- Holmenkol FF21
Race Paraffin Recommendation:
Rode R40 mixed with Rode Endurance 1:1
Holmenkol FF Yellow
Race if fluor free
New Holmenkol FF Yellow Fluor-free Powder
Rode Racing Liquid (RL) Warm
Holmenkol FF1 Liquid Yellow
Holmenkol FF2 Liquid Yellow
Structure will be key here for this race with new snow around freezing forecast.
Start with a medium to warm stone grind. BNS S2.2 or S3.2 or Fischer Factory Plus (P5-1).
Depending on how much new snow comes in and how wet it is, hand structure will need to be light or medium.
We recommend trying the Holmenkol Cross Structure roller with one roller (if the snow is on the drier side) and two rollers (if wetter).
Kick Wax Recommendation:
The forecast is unsettled, so it could be a lot of different things on race day. It is common for the forecast to be warmer than reality, so it would be a good idea to come with a pair of colder skis waxed in the blue/violet range to cover all bases if the forecast does not pan out. If the forecast is accurate, then it looks like there will be a small amount of new snow around freezing. If it is slightly below freezing, that would be a very different situation than slightly above freezing, so again, be prepared for different outcomes.
Some good strategies:
1. Bring two pairs of skis - one waxed for the colder/drier outcome, one for the warmer/wetter.
2. Adjust to the conditions using liquid waxes (Rode RL Med or Wet OR Holmenkol FF1 Red vs Yellow)
3. Adjust to the conditions using hand structure.
We will not have on-site testing this year.