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BNS Wax Recommendation: Snow Mountain Stampede 2016

Categories: Wax Reports | Author: SuperUser Account | Posted: 3/2/2016 | Views: 6401
March 5, 2016
Updated Friday 12:30PM

Race Information

The Snow Mountain Stampede is one of Colorado's premier events. It is back to a single day event hosting skate and classic races in 10km, 21km and 42km distances. See details and register at the race web site.

BNS Race Wax Service

BNS will offer a full race wax service for the Snow Mountain Stampede on Saturday. Drop off skis at the Boulder shop before 3PM Thursday and we will have your skis race ready at the start on Saturday.  We will be on site Friday morning testing and will post an updated wax recommendation Friday around mid-day.


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Wed Afternoon: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Wed Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Breezy, with a west wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. West wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. South southwest wind around 6 mph.
Friday:A 10% chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind around 7 mph.
Friday Night: A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 49.

The report from SMR on Wednesday morning was heavy snow with about 4-6 inches on the ground by 10AM.

Wax Recommendation

This recommendation is based on testing Friday from 10A-12p at Snow Mountain Ranch. The course was quite variable with the West end being much drier and the South end being more corny and mushy. It has been overcast all day and looks like the snow will not get too transformed. The snow has transformed, however, and the snow is wet and grainy mixed in with some new snow.

Base Layer - Ski*Go LF Graphite - helps with durability and dirt repulsion.

Paraffin Layer - Choose One:

  • Holmenkol Speedbase Wet (Speedbase Mid on colder pair of skis)
  • Holmenkol Matrix Black/Red or Holmenkol Race Mix Wet
  • SkiGo HF Orange
  • Swix HF8x

Fluoro Powder - SkiGo C44/7, SkiGo C22 (iron 175C) or Holmenkol SpeedPowder Wet (iron at 175C).

Topcoat - SkiGo C22 solid or Holmenkol Speedblock Wet.

Structure - Holmenkol Cross Structure tool with two rollers. Finite Finish V03 or V05. Cover with L0025.

Kick - Wait for recommendation Saturday, but here are some suggestions:

Conditions will require klister, given how transformed the base is. We did not have time to test kick on Friday, but judging by the snow and what we talked to people about, a Universal klister will probably be the race call. These recommendations would be have in the box ready to go:

Base Layer: 
  • Rode Chola klister
  • Guru Base Klister
  • Blue Klister (Rode Blue, Rex Blue, Guru Blue)


  • Guru Extreme 39 Klister
  • SkiGo HF Yellow Kick
  • Guru Extreme 39
  • Start Universal Wide
  • SkiGo HF Universal
  • Rode Multigrade
  • Guru Red

Test Results

Testing was done on snow Friday morning between 11 and 12. Testing was done by feel; It was too windy to test by speed trap.

  1. Holmenkol Speedbase Wet
  2. Holmenkol Matrix Black/Red
  3. Holmenkol Racing Mix Mid (formerly Matrix Red)
  4. SkiGo HF Orange
  5. SkiGo HF Yellow

Also tested:
Holmenkol Matrix Black/Yellow
SkiGo HFP16

  1. Holmenkol Test Mid 3
  2. Holmenkol Test Mid 6
  3. Holmenkol Test Mid 5
  4. Holmenkol Test Mid 4
  5. SkiGo C44/7
  6. SkiGo C22
  7. Holmenkol Speedpowder Wet
  8. Holmenkol Race Powder Mid (Mid 08)
  9. Holmenkol Speedpowder Mid

Test Discussion

Our test results almost exactly matched our prediction. With grainy, transformed snow, we expected to see the C44/7 win tests. Everything ran fast; C44/7 and Speedbase Wet definitely felt a little bit above the other options, but everything we tested felt quite good and would perform well on race day. The exciting news for us is the Holmenkol test powders which blew away everything. These powders will be available next year and are looking quite good in our testing this season.
We will be testing topcoats and kick wax Saturday morning. Come by the front of the nordic center and check out our white board to see the results.

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