Date: 03/12/2023  Time: 09:00 am
Location: Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado
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Weather Forecast
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Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 4am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 14. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm.
Friday: A chance of snow showers before 3pm, then rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 41. West southwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Friday Night: Snow. Low around 27. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Saturday: Snow. High near 36. Breezy, with a west wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Sunday: Snow likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wax Recommendation

Base Glide Layer Recommendation:

Race is fluoro free
Rode Graphite - OR - Rode Endurance
-OR- Holmenkol FF21

Race Paraffin Recommendation:

Rode R40 mixed with Rode Endurance 1:1
Holmenkol FF Red

Powder Recommendation:

Race is fluor free
New Holmenkol FF Red Fluor-free Powder

Topcoat Recommendation:

Rode Racing Liquid (RL) Warm
Holmenkol FF1 Liquid Yellow (maybe red if it is cloudy and the snow is not going to warm up)
Holmenkol FF2 Liquid Yellow (maybe red if it is cloudy and the snow is not going to warm up)

Structure Recommendation:

Structure will be essential for this race with new snow around freezing forecast on Saturday, and possible overnight lows not well below freezing.
Start with a medium stone grind. BNS C2.2 or Fischer Factory Plus (P5-1).
Hand structure will need to be light or medium, depending on the overnight low and how cloudy it is. If the sun is shining and it is warming up quickly, go warm (medium). If it was cold overnight and cloudy, then stick to light structure
We recommend trying the Holmenkol Cross Structure roller with one roller (if the snow is on the drier side) and two rollers (if wetter).

Kick Wax Recommendation:

Kick could be challenging for this depending on what happens Saturday. If it is slushy new snow on Saturday and freezes overnight, it could even be klister. Here are some hard waxes and klisters to try:
Base Layer - Apply very thinly using a heat gun:
klister -> Rode Chola
hard wax -> Vauhti Super Base

Wax of the day:
klister -> Rode Violet klister -OR- Rode KM3 or Rode KR3. Cover with Guru Hallgeir Extreme -OR- Rode B15
klister -> Guru Extreme 39 Hard cover with Guru Hallgeir Extreme

hard wax -> Rode B15 or BV17 or Guru Red or Holmenkol Red 3-5 layers. Cover with a thin layer one grade lower than the chosen race wax.

This is going to be a tricky race and the conditions on race day will depend on what happens Saturday during the day and Saturday night. It could be a wide range of options from warm, dry hard wax conditions to icy klister, so be prepared for all outcomes and target your skis based on how wet and how much snow falls on Saturday. If it is really wet snow and is transformed, it will be klister on Sunday. If the snow stays relatively new and does not get sloppy and transformed, then it will likely be hard wax.

Testing Results:

Testing Discussion:
No on-site testing