WAX TIP: 2015 SIsu Ski Fest, Ironwood, MI -- Saturday, 10 January, 2014

Race day waxing can be hectic, so rest easy the night before the SIsu Ski Fest by waxing in advance.  Above, the author helps classic racers at the Mora Vasaloppet apply the structure of the day.

Following is the Cyclova XC Racing Service 2015 Sisu Ski Festival Wax tip 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 have personally created based on my 17+ 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. 

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Event:  Sisu Ski Festival, Ironwood, MI

When:  42k or 21k - Freestyle or Classic.  42k waves starting at 8:30AM, 21k waves starting at 11AM.  Both events start at ABR, and finish in downtown Ironwood.

Forecast & Conditions:  In short - perfect January ski racing weather - cold & snowy!!!
TEMPERATURE INFO:  Overnight low close to -10'F, with a temp of just below 0'F at the start.  Daytime high will be in the single digits above 0'F, with partly a mix of sun and clouds in the sky. 
PRECIP & OTHER FACTORS:  In the days leading up to the race, there will be a strong and swirling west - northwest wind, which with open water on Lake Superior could produce significant lake effect snow - think up to a couple feet of snow in the days leading up to the race (this is whey Ironwood has gotten so much snow this year - 12"+ snow isn't a big deal in Ironwood). 
TRACK CONDITIONS:  Eric Anderson at the team of expert groomers at ABR (note that Eric is posing grooming updates at this link) will be out in force with state of the art Pisten Bulley groomers, producing beautiful machined track conditions, comprised of packed powder - perhaps with a bit of fresh fallen snow on the surface. 
Ski Flex Tips (always the most important factor):  Moderate to soft flexed skis for machined track/packed powder conditions with a bit of fresh snow on top.

Structure Tips:
Structure (All Races & Waves):  Cold SuperFine Grind or a very fine structure.  

Glide Wax Tips:
Fast Wax (All Waves): HS-0 White, Scrape, Brush, HS-0 White, Scrape, Brush, HSF-10 Teal, Scrape, Brush.  Apply Flite #11 Arctic (White) Flourocarbon ironed (using the Fast Wax Base Saver) or roto-corked in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad.  **NOTE:  As a more affordable alternative to Flite Flourocarbon, try the NEW Fast Wax Race Pro Arctic Arctic Paste - in stock at Cyclova XC**
Swix (All Waves):  LF-4X, Scrape, Brush, HF-4X, Scrape, Brush, FC-7X (Cold Cera) ironed in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad
Toko (All Waves):  Tribloc LF Black / Tribloc LF Blue mix (1 : 2 Ratio) Scrape, Brush, Tribloc HF Blue/Nordlite Cold Powder mix (1 : 1 Ratio - ironed in together), scrape, brush, Jetstream Blue ironed or roto-corked in, brush with dedicated flouorcarbon brush, and polished with polishing pad

Grip Wax Tips:
Swix:  Roughen grip zone with 150 grit sandpaper.  Apply Swix VR-35 Base Binder, iron, and smoothen with cork.  Wait to apply your grip wax of the day until Friday night, and check wax reports / weather.    The optimal grip wax of the day will likely be 3 thin, smoothly corked layers of Swix VR-30.  Those concerned about slipping may want to carry with a cork and VR-40...
Toko:  Roughen grip zone with 150 grit sandpaper.  Apply Toko Base Green, iron, and smoothen with your thumb while still warm.  Wait to apply your grip wax of the day until Friday night, and check wax reports / weather.    The optimal grip wax of the day will likely be 3-4 thin, smoothly corked layers of Toko Blue. (Elite classic racers may want to cover the Blue with one thin/smooth cover layer of X-Cold or Mint).

Should you have any questions on Sisu Ski Fest ski prep, feel free to stop by or contact the expert ski technicians at Cyclova XC.  If you're interested in having us wax your skis, ensuring lightning fast skis, check our our Ski Service Program HERE.  Give a fun shout out to all of the Cyclova XC Team Skiers on the trail - as well as everyone wearing the Ski Like Landgraf Hats!


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