WAX TIP: 2014 Balsam Vinterfest

Dave Landgraf hammers the 2010 Balsam Vinterfest!  Photo Credit HERE.

Following is the Cyclova XC Racing Service Wax tip for the 2014 Balsam Vinterfest Ski Race.  I do tips for the 3 major wax brands of the region. Note that these are not officially endorsed wax tips by the wax companies, rather these are tips that I personally create based on my 16+ years of professional experience in creating race wax tips.

For the full scoop on how to follow wax tips, check out MY ARTICLE on the topic.

Event:  Balsam Vinterfest @ the Balsam Branch Ski Trails.  Amery, WI

When:  2k, 6k, 10k, and 20k skate and classic races starting between 9:45AM - 11AM on Saturday, Januray 18, 2014.

Forecast & Conditions:  Overnight low close to 2'F, with a temp in the low to mid teens at the start.  Daytime high will be around 17'F, with snow falling before and during the event.  Expect packed powder conditions, with new snow accumulating on top.  Race course conditions will generally be soft.  Click HERE for the NWS forecast, specific to the race venue.

Ski Flex Tips:  Soft flexed skis for soft trail conditions.  This is the single most important factor in having fast skis at this event!

Structure Tips:  Cold SuperFine Grind or a fine structure (1 pass with the Blue Toko Structure-Rite tool).  

Glide Wax Tips (in alphabetic order):
Fast Wax: HS-10 Teal, Scrape, Brush, Scrape, Brush, HSF-10 Teal, Scrape, Brush.  Apply Flite #11 Cold (Blue) Flourocarbon ironed (using the Fast Wax Base Saver) or roto-corked in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad.
Swix:  LF-4, Scrape, Brush, HF-6, Scrape, Brush, FC-7 (Cold Cera) ironed in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad
Toko:   Tribloc LF Black, Scrape, Brush, Tribloc HF Blue, scrape, brush, Jetstream Blue ironed or roto-corked in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad (If you can get your hands on it, Helx Cold would also be an optimal Flourocarbon for this event.)

Grip Wax Tips (in alphabetic order):
Swix:  Roughen grip zone with 150 grit sandpaper.  Apply Swix VR-35 Base Binder, iron, and smoothen with cork while still warm.  The optimal grip wax of the day will likely be 3-5 thin smoothly corked layers of Swix VR-40.
Toko:  Roughen grip zone with 150 grit sandpaper.  Apply Toko Base Green, iron, and smoothen with cork while still warm.  The optimal grip wax of the day will likely 3-4 thin, smoothly corked layers of Toko Blue.  For those that desire more kick, substitute Toko Red grip wax for Toko Blue. 


Should you have any questions on Balsam Vinterfest ski prep, feel free to stop by or contact the expert ski technicians at Cyclova XC.  Stop by the Cyclova XC / Toko Tent at the event to say hello, and check in on the wax tip!  If you'd like help applying grip wax or flourocarbon overlay, stop by the tent at the race before the race!



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