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Wax Rec: Snow Mountain Stampede Skate 2018

BNS Wax Recommendation

Snow Mountain Stampede

Saturday, Mar 10 - Sun Mar 11, 2018

50km/25km/10km Skate & Classic

updated Friday, noon

Event Information

Event Web Site: https://snowmountainranch.org/event/stampede-race/

Freestyle Race (March 10): 10K, 25K, 50K
Classic Race (March 11): 10K, 25K, 50K

Saturday start times: 50K Skate: 9:00 am, 25K Skate: 9:15 am, 10K Skate 9:45 am,
Sunday start times: 50K Classic: 9:00 am, 25K Classic: 9:15 am, 10K Classic 9:45 am

Race Wax Service

BNS will offer a race wax service for the Stampede. Please drop skis off at the Boulder store by 6 on Thursday, March 8 for pickup at the race start Saturday and Sunday mornings. If you need to drop off skis at Snow Mountain on Friday or Saturday, please call to arrange details. We will need skis before noon on the day before the race.


click for the latest forecast from NOAA

Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Friday night
A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West wind 5 to 8 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 10. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wax Recommendation

This is the initial recommendation based on the forecast. BNS will test Friday and Saturday mornings and update this recommendation.

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 Universal, SkiGo HF Orange or Holmenkol Racing Mix Mid OR Holmenkol Speedbase Mid.

Fluoro Powder: Skigo N21 Powder (good in old/new mix) or SkiGo C44/7 Powder (dedicated old snow) or Holmenkol Speedpowder Wet (good all-around powder in old and new snow).

Topcoat:  SkiGo C22 solid OR Holmenkol Speedblock Wet. SkiGo C22 or C44/7 liquids may be amazing, depending on how much snow falls on Thursday/Friday.

Structure: S2.2 or S3.2(skate) or C4.2 (classic) stone grind – hand structure Holmenkol Cross Structure Tool with one roller.

Kick Wax: Iron in a thin layer of green klister or Rode Chola. Put one thin layer of Guru Extreme 39 or Extreme 39 Hard klister. Let cool, cover with thin layer of hard wax, depending on the temperature race morning.

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

Test Results

Test results from on-site testing Friday at 10AM. All tests done by feel on a matched set of test skis.


  1. Holmenkol Speedbase Mid (clear winner)
  2. SkiGo HF Orange
  3. Holmenkol Racing Mix Wet
  4. Holmenkol Racing Mix Mid
  5. SkiGo Orange/Green mix 50:50
  6. SkiGo HF Yellow

Fluoro Powder:

  1. SkiGo OR
  2. SkiGo C44/7
  3. SkiGo N21
  4. Holmenkol Syntec Wet
  5. Holmenkol Syntec Mid

Also tested:

  • Holmenkol Speedpowder Wet
  • SkiGo CM17LDQ
  • Holmenkol Race Powder Mid (mid 08)
  • SkiGo IR
  • SkiGo C22


The forecast looks cloudy with some snow flurries overnight Friday and into Saturday with cloud cover into late afternoon saturday. Depending on which forecast model you look at, there will either be no snow or up to 3 inches overnight. The snow Friday is very grainy, old and windblown. All of the old-snow powders crushed it today and the general purpose powders were terrible, even in the shade where the snow had not transformed as much as in the sun. The difficult decision comes whether to use an old-snow powder that could be terrible Saturday morning if the snow comes, or to use a powder that is good in all snow types that might be terrible if the new snow doesn't come or does not bring enough to dominate the old snow underneath. The only real way to deal with this is to wax two pairs of skis or wait to do the powder until race morning.  SkiGo N21 was in the mix today and it has run well for us in situations with new/old mixed snow in this temperature range.

One thing is certain - SkiGo LF Graphite as a base layer is necessary for durability, dirt resistance and its anti-static properties. This is aggressive, fine-grained snow that needs a hard underlayer.

The sky clears Saturday night, making a much colder overnight low and much faster rise in temps to a high of 46 at 1PM. Expect exposed areas to get wet and transformed with shady areas being colder and drier. Testing Friday and Saturday will make this instability easier to figure out for Sunday's races. 

*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.