top of page

Wax Recommendations

NWVE provides Wax Recommendations for events around New England.  We try to be the first to publish and will update as needed.  We are not sponsored by a specific company, explain the characteristic of the wax we recommend, and the intended advantage.  We will be at many of the races we make recommendations for and will share our test results, and the range of options skiers with different preferences have. Scroll down to see what we are up to!

Anticipated Conditions

Saturday January 28, Sunday January 29, 2023

UPDATE: The warm-up will happen earlier than originally anticipated.  Temps will approach 30 at start time with the chance of snow showers.  Skies will remain cloudy for the duration of the race, with temps increasing into the low-mid thirties during race time.  I think that the snow will remain relatively cold due to overcast skies.  The weather event in Craftsbury was primarily snow. There was very little icing, and it will not impact fresh snow conditions.

Snow is in the forecast!  A major system will dump close to a foot of snow Wednesday and Thursday, setting up a spectacular weekend of racing in Craftsbury for the Marathon Ski Festival.  Temperatures will be in the high twenties during the day Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday will be cooler, reaching only the low twenties.  Overnight will approach the single digits, with a nice warm-up taking place on Saturday. I expect temps to be in the mid-teens at the start and a steady climb as the day progresses.  The snow will be PistenBully groomed packed powder with impeccable tracks.  There is good coverage now, and the additional snow will only help.  Expect similar conditions for the freestyle race Sunday.

What We Are Using

Recommendation and Application

UPDATE: Saturday 1/28/2023, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury, VT, Craftsbury Marathon

 Classic, 50km, Mass Start: 9:30 a.m. Expect seasonal temps in the high twenties, climbing to the low thirties during the race.

Classic Technique

Glide Options: Med Wax (I favor colder due to durability), Swix 6, Swix 7, Ski-go Blue, ToKo Red, or Rode Violet

Top Coat Options: Star Med Block, or Fluid, Rode Racing Liquid Med, or Vauhti LDR)

Kick Options: Hard Wax Binder; for kick: I'm now thinking it is going to be a T-Line VO kind of day, though Rode B17 and Super Weiss performed very well in Jackson; other options are Rode Violet Multigrade, Rode Blue Super, Toko Red, or Swix 45 Violet.

(use Vauhti GT Carrot Tar Grip  Wax, Rode Violet, or Blue as a final layer to help prevent icing)

 

 

Original Saturday 1/28/2023, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury, VT, Craftsbury Marathon

 Classic, 50km, Mass Start: 9:30 a.m. Expect seasonal temps in the mid-teens, climbing to the high twenties during the race.

Classic Technique

Glide Options: Cold Wax (I lean towards cold due to durability), Swix 6, Ski-go Blue, ToKo Blue, or Rode Blue. 

Top Coat Options: Star Cold Block, or Fluid, Rode Racing Liquid Cold)

Kick Options: Hard Wax Binder; for kick: I'm thinking it is going to be a Guru Green kind of day, though Rode B310 performed very well in Jackson; other options are Rode Blue Multigrade, Toko Blue, or Swix 40 Extra Blue.

(use Start Terva Blue or Green as a final layer to help prevent icing)

 

 Sunday 1/29/2023, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury, VT, Craftsbury Marathon

Freestyle Mass Start 25 km, 9:00 a.m. expect temps in the mid-teens to mid-twenties.

Freestyle Technique

Glide Options: Swix 6, Ski-go Blue, ToKo Blue, or Rode Blue

Top Coat Options: Star Cold Block, or Fluid, Rode Racing Liquid Cold)

We Wax for All Laps

Dial It Out Philosophy

Waxing is not that complicated if you want to ski on something that works.  We test for success.  Trying to dial in the perfect wax can create a very narrow window for a dynamic situation.  We account for variability that can occur on course or through the duration of the race.

Wax Recommendations: Get Involved
bottom of page