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Wax Rec: Methow Valley Nordic Festival & Pursuit 1/20/2018

BNS Wax Recommendation

Methow Valley Nordic Festival & Pursuit


Event Information

30K Pursuit or 10K untimed, Freestyle technique – Mass  Start

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9:30am Race Start

Mazama Community Center, Mazama, WA


Weather- NOAA Forecast

Friday: A 30% chance of snow after 10:00 am.  Cloudy with a high near 32.  Less than a half inch possible.

Friday Night:  Snow likely, mainly between 10 pm and 4 am.  Cloudy with a low around 23.  60% chance of snow with 1-2 inches possible.

Saturday:  A chance of snow before 10 am.  Then a slight chance of snow through the day.  Mostly cloudy with a high near 32.  40% chance of snow with less than a half-inch accumulation.

Saturday Night: Snow showers with a low around 21.  Chance of snow is 80% with less than one inch possible.

Sunday:  Snow with a high near 31.  100% chance of precipitation with snow accumulations of 4-8 inches possible.


Base Layer: Ski*Go LF Graphite!

Race Paraffin: Ski*Go HF Blue runs well in new snow conditions at and around the forecasted temperatures.  Holmenkol Racing Mix Mid would also be a great choice.

Fluoro Powder: Holmenkol Syntec Race MID is recommended but if you have Ski*Go C105 you probably won’t be disappointed.  

Top Coat: Holmenkol Speed Block MID – Crayon on and cork, let cool and brush out with a dedicated stiff nylon polishing brush.

Structure: A Fine .5mm linear structure should free the skis up in these conditions.  If moisture in the snow is obvious you may try a quick pass on the tails only with a medium v-structure tool.  Brush out with a horsehair brush.

Kick: Sunday Only: Prep kick zone with sandpaper, iron in Toko Nordic Base Wax Green – let cool and cork smooth.  Ski*Go Blue XC would also work well as a base in these conditions.  Apply 3-4 thin layers of Ski*Go HF Violet.  If temperatures are at or just above freezing you may try Ski*Go HF Red with a thin top layer of HF violet.  Testing recommended. 

CONCLUSIONARY NOTES: Forecast-based recommendation

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.