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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 and Sunday, February 10-11, 2024

We will experience a warming trend culminating on Saturday.  Temperatures will rise above freezing and stay there throughout the weekend until late in the day on Sunday.  There may also be some shower activity, most likely rain showers, but the possibility of snow, which will be heavy and wet and act like rain.  Venues have not had new snow for some time.  Expect transformed spring conditions.

What We Are Using

Recommendation and Application

Saturday, 2/10/2024, Sleepy Hollow Ski Center, Huntington, VT, The Mansfield Nordic Skiathlon

10:00 a.m. Mass Start Waves, Classic Technique (6km) then Freestyle (6km), 12km Skiathone:  Expect temps in the mid-thirties during the race.

Classic/Freestyle Technique 

Glide Options:  Warm Wax, Swix 8, ToKo Yellow/Red, or Rode Red. 

Top Coat Options: Star Warm Block or Fluid, Rode Racing Liquid Warm, Vauhti Pure LDR/Wet

 

Kick Options: Klister binder; for kick: Klister; Guru Red, Rode KM3, Swix Universal, Rode Rossa.  

 

Sunday, 2/11//2024, Bethel Inn, Bethel, NH, The Flying Moose Classic

10:00 a.m. Classic Technique, 25km, Mass Start Waves:  Expect temps in the mid thirties during the race.

Classic Technique

Glide Options:  Warm Wax, Swix 8, ToKo Yellow/Red, or Rode Red. 

Top Coat Options: Star Warm Block or Fluid, Rode Racing Liquid Warm, Vauhti Pure LDR

Kick Options: Klister binder; for kick: Klister; Guru Red, Rode KM3, Swix Universal, Rode Rossa 

Sunday 1/21/2024, Jackson Ski Touring Center, Jackson, NH, The White Mountain Classic

20km Mass Start, 10:00 a.m., expect temps in the single digits and climbing to the low teens during the race.

Classic Technique

Glide Options:  Cold Wax, Start Green Glider, Swix 5, Ski-go Blue, ToKo Blue. You may also want to add Toko X-Cold Powder as you iron in your glide wax.

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

Kick Options: Ironed in hard wax binder; For Kick: Rode B310, Guru Green, Rode Green, Rode Special Green, Toko Blue, Toko Mint, Swix Blue 30.  Rode Alaska as a speed shell.

What's on my skis

I have prepped my skis with Start Green for glide wax and used Star Polar Liquid as a top coat.  I have the Vauhti Super Base Binder, with three of layers Guru Green kick wax.

Monday 1/15/2024, Bretton Woods Nordic Center, Bretton Woods, NH, The Geschmossel

15km Mass Start, 10:00 a.m., expect temps in the high teens and climbing to twenty during the race.

Classic Technique

Glide Options:  Cold Wax, Swix 6, Ski-go Blue, ToKo Red/blue, or Rode Violet. 

Top Coat Options: Star Cold Block or Fluid, Rode Racing Liquid Cold, Rex N-Kinetic G21

Kick Options: Ironed in hard wax binder; For Kick: Guru Green, Rode Green, Rode Blue II, Toko Blue/Red, Swix Blue, Swix Extra Blue.  Greens will not provide as solid a kick, but it should work.  Blues will have a bit more bite.  Blue covered with green should be a great compromise.

Saturday, 1/6/2024, Rikert Touring Center, Ripton, VT, The Bogburn

1:00 p.m. Interval Start, Classic Technique, 13km:  Expect temps in the mid-twenties during the race.

Classic Technique 

Glide Options:  Mid Wax, Swix 6, Ski-go Blue, ToKo Red, or Rode Violet. 

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

 

Kick Options: Ironed in hard wax binder; for kick: Stick klister is what you want; Star M16 in a short pocket should work well. Other good options are Rode B17, Start Oslo Blue, Guru Super Hallgeir.

If you worry about kick wax durability (I do not), a klister binder will work along with a nice klister like Rode TLine KM3 or Guru Extreme 39 Hard.

 

Sunday, 1/7/2024, Holderness School, Plymouth, NH, The Gunstock Freestyle

8:00 a.m. Freestyle Technique, 7km, Interval Start:  Expect temps in the mid-twenties during the race.

Freestyle Technique

Glide Options:  Mid Wax, Swix 7, Ski-go Violet, ToKo Red, or Rode Violet. 

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

 

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.

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