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Wax Rec: Boulder Mountain Tour 2/3/2018 updated

BNS Wax Recommendation

Boulder Mountain Tour

Saturday, Feb 3, 2018

34km

updated 2/2 at noon

Event Information

bouldermountaintour.com


Race Wax Service

Sign up for the 2018 Boulder Mountain Tour Race Wax Service

 BNS is partnering with Holmenkol/SkiGo dealer Sturtevant's for the BNS Mobile Race Service at the Boulder Mountain Tour. We will provide the same professional wax sales and brand-neutral race waxing service as usual, with the added convenience of drop-off at Sturtevants Rental Haus in Ketchum.  Treat yourself to a full race wax application by our pro service team so you can relax and focus on your race, or just drop by one of our clinics at Sturtevants to find out what wax is running fastest and stock up on whatever wax you need.


Wax Clinics

Join us for free wax clinics at Sturtevant's Ketchum (340 N. Main) On Thursday, Feb 1 at 5:30 and Friday, Feb 2 at 1PM. Holmenkol/SkiGo's Nathan Schultz will demonstrate glide waxing techniques and discuss how to prepare skis for the Boulder Mountain Tour. Schultz will discuss how to keep waxing simple and fun while showing how to quickly and professionally prep skis from applying paraffin layers to fluoro powders, fluoro topcoats and hand structure.


Weather

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Friday Afternoon
Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Friday night
Snow likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Northwest wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Saturday
A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Wax Recommendation

This is a final recommendation based on the forecast, testing Thursday and Friday on the course and our experience at the venue.

Base Layer: Ski*Go LF Graphite.

Race Paraffin: Holmenkol Race Mix Mid or SkiGo HF Orange or SkiGo HF Universal

Fluoro Powder: SkiGo N21 Race Service Powder, Holmenkol Syntec Mid or Holmenkol Speedpowder Wet

Topcoat: SkiGo N21 Race Service Block or Holmenkol Speedblock Wet or Ski*Go C22 Solid

Structure: S2.2 stone grind – hand structure Holmenkol Cross Structure Tool with one roller.


Test Results 

All tests done by feel at Prairie Creek and the finish area. BNS will test Thursday mid-day and Friday morning.

Paraffin 

Thursday 12:30PM and Friday 10AM - same result

  1. Holmenkol Race Mix Mid
  2. Holmenkol Speedbase Mid
  3. SkiGo Orange/Green Mix 50:50.

Powder

Friday 10:15AM

  1. SkiGo N21 Race Service Powder
  2. Holmenkol Syntec Mid
  3. Holmenkol Speedpowder Mid
  4. SkiGo C105 Powder
  5. Holmenkol Race Powder Mid (Mid 08)

Thursday 12:15PM

  1. SkiGo C105
  2. Holmenkol Syntec Mid
  3. SkiGo N21 Race Service Powder
  4. Holmenkol Race Powder Mid
  5. Holmenkol Speedpowder Mid

Topcoat

  1. SkiGo N21 Solid
  2. Holmenkol Speedblock Wet
  3. SkiGo C22 solid

CONCLUSIONARY NOTES

The weather forecast is making this a bit exciting. With snow this evening and warm overnight temps, it should be pretty straightforward still, but it could easily be a few degrees warmer or colder than forecast and really change the race conditions. As of Friday, the new snow up top was pretty warm and starting to go from powder to moist to wet. The forecast calls for just a few degrees below freezing, which should keep it fairly cold and solid with a 60% chance of 1-2" of new snow up top.

As always, it is always a good idea to have two pairs of skis, one colder, one warmer. Given the forecast, we recommend a mid-range ski for the primary with a colder ski as backup in case conditions go colder than expected. For this race, we would go with primary ski S2.2 grind (medium) with LF Graphite, Holmenkol Race Mix Mid, N21 powder, n21 block with a second backup ski with S1.3 grind, LF Graphite, Holmenkol Race Mix Cold, C105 powder, C105 block.


*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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