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Recap: BNS Trip to World Masters 2019 Norway

Boulder Nordic Sport traveled to Norway this year to provide professional race wax service at the Masters World Cup in Beitostølen, Norway. As these international ski service trips tend to be, it was an adventure from the start.

After landing in Oslo, Nathan and Jeff discovered that the fleet of test skis they had brought with them had been lost. After calling an old friend, Knut Nystad, former head of the Norwegian Ski Service Team, and some driving around Oslo, they headed to Beitostølen with four pairs of test skis, a pair of classic skis, and some poles. While the crisis was avoided, it was challenging to work with only a limited test fleet for the first half of the event, until the skis were eventually located.

Conditions in Bietøstolen were unexpectedly wintry. New snow and cold temperatures dominated the 5 days of racing. While consistent conditions and cold temps made waxing easier, it posed challenges to tracking down enough cold wax to get through the week. A giant box of klister remained unopened the entire week, which is rare for a March race series.

Nathan and Jeff worked with 40 masters athletes throughout the week of racing, which made for a lot of long days in the basement wax room. They were able to get out for plenty of testing laps. And after waxing wrapped up each day, they made some time for hot laps on the three beautiful 5km race courses. They also got out for a 30km tour in the high mountains one day and toured the Norwegian Birkebeiner on a perfect day.

Busy weeks like this one, spent working with athletes and racing, are important and reinforce the fundamentals of ski service: while having the right wax is important, skis and structure contribute far more to performance than wax.

A lot was learned in the week spent at the races and we look forward to incorporating those lessons into our wax service out of the shop and at events. We're already making plans for the 2020 World Masters event in 
Cogne, Italy.

Special thanks to our Norwegian friends for loaning us skis, wax tables, and poles; to SkiGo Norway for bringing us wax that helped us make some especially fast skis in the new, cold snow; and, to Madshus for the help at the Birkebeiner.