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Wax Recommendation: Leadville Loppet 2018

BNS Wax Recommendation

Leadville Loppet

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018

10km, 22km & 44km

Event Information


Race Wax Service

BNS will not be on site for the Leadville Loppet, but we do offer Race Wax Service out of the Boulder shop. Contact us for more information.


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Friday Afternoon
Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. West wind around 15 mph.
Friday night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values between -5 and 5. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 32. Wind chill values between -5 and 5. West wind around 10 mph.

Wax Recommendation

This recommendation is forecast-based.

Base Layer: Ski*Go LF Graphite.

Race Paraffin: Holmenkol Race Mix Cold or Holmenkol Speedbase Cold OR SkiGo HF Universal OR SkiGo HF Blue

Fluoro Powder: SkiGo C105 OR Holmenkol Race Powder Mid OR Holmenkol Syntec Mid

Topcoat: SkiGo C105 Solid, SkiGO C22 Solid or Holmenkol Speedblock Mid 08

Structure: S1.3 (skate) or C1.2 (classic) stone grind – hand structure Holmenkol Cross Structure Tool with one roller.

Test Results 

No testing was performed on-site


The weather forecast makes this pretty straightforward. With some newish snow on the ground and a bright, sunny forecast, expect the snow to be cold overnight with quick warming. The snow will lag behind the air temp, though and remain cold throughout the race. The products we selected for this recommendation work in a broad range and we think all of them will work well, even if it warms faster than expected. Holmenkol Race Powder Mid is a great option for cold snow warming quickly and could be an outstanding choice.

*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.