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BNS Wax Rec: Boulder Mountain Tour 2020

BNS Wax Recommendation

Boulder Mountain Tour

Saturday, Feb 1, 2020


updated Friday 11:30AM



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

Wax Clinics for 2020 have been cancelled. See you in 2021!


Click for the latest forecast (Galena)   hourly forecast (Galena)

Latest Forecasts at the Finish:  Forecast     Hourly Forecast
7-day Forecast at the Start:

Thursday night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph.
A slight chance of snow before 11am, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Light west wind.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. South southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.

Wax Recommendation

This is our final recommendation based on the forecast and testing. This was updated Friday at 11:30AM

For skiers with multiple skis, it is always a good thing to have a backup pair at the Boulder Mountain Tour as warm forecasts often have a tendency to go colder than predicted. If you have one pair, follow the Pair 1 recommendation.

 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: Holmenkol Race Mix Mid or SkiGo HF Universal or HF Orange/Green 50:50

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

Fluoro Powder: Pair 1: Holmenkol Syntec Race Wet Powder or SkiGo N21 or SkiGo C105
Pair 2:  SkiGo C105

Topcoat: SkiGo C22 Solid or Holmenkol Speedblock Wet

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.

  Testing Results

Prairie Creek Friday morning 9AM-10AM starting snow temp -9C, ending snow temp -7C


  1. Holmenkol Racing Mix Mid
  2. Holmenkol Speedbase Mid
  3. Holmenkol Racing Mix Cold


  1. Holmenkol Syntec Powder Wet
  2. Holmenkol Speedpowder Wet
  3. Skigo OR
  4. SkiGo C105
  5. SkiGo N21
    Also Tested Start HF9, SFR60


The weather forecast has been stable all week and has been pretty accurate, but we always get nervous when it is forecast to be warm, as there is a tendency to have the temps be colder than forecast. The good news is that the warm waxes were winning our tests, even though we tested in cold, powdery snow. That gives us confidence to go with warmer waxes.

As always, it is still 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.


*Note: BNS imports Holmenkol, Rode 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.