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BNS Wax Rec: Boulder Mountain Tour 2019

BNS Wax Recommendation

Boulder Mountain Tour

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019


Updated Friday, 2/1  11:45AM

Event Information


Race Wax Service

Sign up for the  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 race waxing service as usual, with the added convenience of a 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, Jan 31 at 5:30 and Friday, Feb 1 at 1 PM. 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.


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Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Southeast wind around 9 mph.
Friday night
A 40 percent chance of snow after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Southeast wind 7 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Snow. High near 39. Southeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Wax Recommendation

This is our final recommendation based on the forecast, testing and our experience at this venue.

Due to the significant change that is forecast for Friday night, we recommend preparing two pairs of skis. Pair 1 listed below is assuming that the forecast conditions appear, with warm temps and 1-2 inches of snow late Friday/early Saturday. Pair 2 is a colder option if the storm does not materialize, or if it stays colder. If you only have one pair, follow the recommendation for pair 1.

Ski Selection: Pair 1: Universal stiffness ski with S2.2 grind. Pair 2: Medium to stiff ski for hard pack, Universal/cold conditions, S1.3 grind.

Base Layer: Ski*Go LF Graphite.

Race Paraffin: Pair 1: Skigo HF Universal or Holmenkol Race Mix cold

     Pair 2: SkiGo HF Universal or Holmenkol Race Mix Cold or SkiGo HF Green

Fluoro Powder: Pair 1: Holmenkol Speedpowder Mid or SkiGo CM17LDQ or SkiGo C105
Pair 2:  SkiGo C105

Topcoat: SkiGo C105 Solid or SkiGo C22 Solid or Holmenkol Speedblock Mid

Structure: Pair 1: S2.2 stone grind – hand structure Holmenkol Cross Structure Tool with one roller. Pair 2: S1.3 stone grind - hand structure Holmenkol Cross Structure Tool with one roller.

Test Results

Friday 9A-10:30A -15C snow temp


  1. SkiGo HF Universal
  2. Holmenkol Racing Mix Cold
  3. SkiGo HF Green
  4. Holmenkol Speedbase Mid
  5. SkiGo HF Blue
  6. Holmenkol Racing Mix MId


  1. Holmenkol Matrix Speedpowder Mid
  2. SkiGo CM17 LDQ
  3. SkiGo C105 Powder
  4. SkiGo N21 Powder
  5. SkiGo IR Powder
  6. Holmenkol Syntec Mid

 Thursday 10:30 AM-12: 00 PM Prairie Creek Snow Temp -10C


  1. SkiGo HF Green
  2. Holmenkol Racing Mix Cold
  3. Holmenkol Speedbase Mid
  4. SkiGo HF Blue
  5. Holmenkol Matrix Green

Also tested: SkiGo HF Universal, Holmenkol Matrix Black/Blue, Holmenkol Racing Mix Mid

Powders: Snow Temp -7C

  1. SkiGo C105
  2. Holmenkol Syntec Mid
  3. Holmenkol Speedpowder Matrix Mid
  4. SkiGo CM17 Powder
  5. SkiGo N21 Powder
  6. Skigo IR Powder


The weather forecast is once again making the Boulder Mountain Tour waxing a bit exciting.

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 a backup in case conditions go colder than expected.

Check back in for updates after testing Thursday and Friday.

*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.