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2018 American Birkebeiner Wax Considerations

Time is running a little short so we will be providing an abbreviated wax tip considerations report.  Below we have provided links to local weather in the Cable/Hayward area and links to the wax recommendations from the major wax companies that we provide waxes for in the shop.

Ski Preparation:  If you have time before your race, and if you haven't taken advantage of our stonegrinding/hot box service at the shop, some basic ski preparation will set you up for optimum performance on race day.  To allow you to start with a clean base you can do a "hot scrape" of your skis by ironing on a layer of a base prep product such as Fast Wax Base Prep.  Before the wax cools simply scrape off the warm wax which will take away any dirt that had accumulated on your skis during Birkie training leading up to the races.  Let the skis cool, then scrape away any remaining wax and brush as normal. Then you can start hardening the bases by applying base layers of waxes such as Fast Wax HS20 Blue.  Iron on, cool, scrape and brush as normal.  Apply 2-3 layers if you have time.  This will set you up for your final wax layers.  Now you are set to follow the wax recommendations linked to below.

Saturday February 23:

American Birkebeiner 50K Skate and 55K Classic Events: Wave start times range from 8:15 to 10 AM

NOAA weather forecast for Birkie Trail and the Highway OO intersection:

A chance of snow and freezing drizzle before 9am, then a slight chance of freezing drizzle between 9am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
A 20 percent chance of snow after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the morning.

Graphical temperature forecast for Highway OO intersection as of Thursday 6 AM

The Birkie Trail may receive a considerable amount of snow Thursday night. Hopefully the grooming crews will have sufficient time to get out and groom the trails prior to the Saturday start.  However, skiers should still expect soft conditions due to the new snow.  Be sure to check wax recommendations for updates prior to your final wax job if you can wait until Friday night.  Wax recommendations from the some of the major brands for which we provide products in the shop are found below.

As a famous Finnish ski coach (whose first name rhymes with "bravo") once said, "You Masters skiers make waxing way too complicated".   If you follow the simple steps of starting with a clean ski, and layer with the above recommendations you will do just fine.  Our best advice is to take what race day gives you and simply have FUN!!!

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