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BNS Wax Recommendation: Owl Creek Chase

Categories: Announcements, Wax Reports | Author: SuperUser Account | Posted: 2/12/2016 | Views: 7161
February 14, 2016

BNS Wax Recommendation: Owl Creek Chase

Categories: Shop Blog, Wax Reports | Author: SuperUser Account | Posted: 2/12/2015 | Views: 3637
Event Information

The Owl Creek Chase is a 21K point to point skate race from Snowmass, CO to Aspen, CO. For 2016, the money event is the classic style with race start at 9AM classic, 9:30 Freestyle. Event web site:

Race Wax Service

BNS will not be on-site in 2016, but skis can be waxed for the race out of our Boulder shop.


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Friday night
Mostly clear, with a low around 14. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the evening.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. South wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. West wind 5 to 10 mph.


With the extremely warm temperatures, expect the snow to be very transformed and wet at the finish. Low overnight temps may keep the snow cold.

Base Layer:  SkiGo LF Graphite, scrape, brush with Holmenkol Steel Microfinish.

Race Paraffin:  SkiGo HF Orange, Holmenkol Matrix Red or Holmenkol Speedbase Mid.

Fluoro Powder: Holmenkol Speedpowder Wet or Holmenkol Speedpowder Mid or SkiGo C22 (if warm)

Topcoat: Holmenkol Speedblock Wet or SkiGo C22 Solid. SkiGo C22 liquid, CM-10 liquid and Gallium MaxFluor Liquid may be very fast, but the blocks will be a safe choice. Only use the liquids after testing confirms they are running fast.

Kick Wax: This could be tricky. Combinations to try:

  • SkiGo HF Red Grip Wax
  • SkiGo XC Orange Grip Wax
  • Guru Red
  • Holmenkol Red
  • Swix VR50, VR55
  • Skigo HF Yellow
  • Rode TLine


Liquids will probably be running very fast, but they might not. Liquids are always more finicky than blocks and tend to be either great or bad. If you don't' have time to test race morning, go with a solid (block) fluoro topcoat as it will always be good. SkiGo C22 solid is a fantastic all-around block and excels in this temperature range. If you do have time to test, pick the best block you have and then run a ski with liquid against the block. If liquids are running, the liquid should feel clearly better than the solid and you can put it on your race skis.

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