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BNS Wax Recommendation: Stagecoach Classic 2017

Categories: Announcements, Wax Reports | Author: SuperUser Account | Posted: 1/19/2017 | Views: 2501
Jan 21, 2017

Event Information

The Stagecoach classic is in its fourth year and was a great inaugural event in 2014 with point-to-point 15km classic tour/race and 30km classic race from Devil's Thumb Ranch to Winter Park. Start times:

9:00 am - 30km race mass start
10:30 am - 15km race mass start
10:35 am - 15km ski tour start
Event details for the Stagecoach Classic can be found on the DTR web site

Race Wax Service

BNS is offering our full race wax service at the Stagecoach classic. Details can be found here. Our wax service includes graphite base layer, HF layer, pure fluoro powder and topcoat, plus kickwax binder layer and full kickwax application and adjustments for $95. Skis can be dropped off at BNS and picked up at the start at Devil's Thumb on Race morning, or at BNS. Skis to be picked up at the start need to be at BNS before 6PM Thursday. The deadline to drop skis off for pickup at BNS Friday evening is 11AM Friday morning.


From Click here for the latest update.

    Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 10. Light west wind.
    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 36. West wind 3 to 7 mph.
    Thursday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly after midnight. Increasing clouds, with a low around 18. Light west wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
    Friday: Snow showers likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 29. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
    Friday Night: A 10 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. West wind 3 to 5 mph.
    Saturday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

    It looks like the snow will be fresh, but be done by Friday midday and won't start again until Saturday after the race is done. It should make for excellent conditions. Race Morning temps are predicted to be 17F at midnight, 12F at 6AM, 16F at 9AM, 26F at noon.These temps are nearly identical to the last two years' (2016/2015) forecasts, just slightly colder. It is worth noting that the weather is often 10F colder than predicted at DTR.
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    recommendation based on forecast. We will update after testing on Friday 1/20.

    Base Glide Layer: Ski*Go LF Graphite
    Holmenkol Matrix Blue, SkiGo HF Blue, Swix HF6
    Holmenkol Syntec Mid Powder, SkiGo C110

    Race Paraffin: Skigo HF Blue or Holmenkol Matrix Blue or Swix HF6. Sprinkle a little SkiGo C380 in before melting.

    Fluoro Powder: Holmenkol Syntec Mid or SkiGo C110. SkiGo C105 and Holmenkol Race Powder Mid (formerly Mid 08) may also be good options with the new snow.

    Topcoat: Race Powder Mid C110 Syntec Cold

    Structure: fine grinds such as C1.2.

    Kick: Iron in SkiGo XC Green or Guru Base Wax binder layer.  Swix Extra Blue or VR40, Guru Blue and Holmenkol Blue Extra are good choices for Saturday. You may want to wait to apply kick wax until race morning when you can assess the snow conditions. BNS will be on site with kick recommendations and testing.

    Test Results

    Test results from 2015 and 2016 are below. Check back Friday around midday for 2017 test results.

    2016 test was performed on snow at DTR at 10AM Friday. Snow temp was -5C.


    2016 test:

    All three of the winning paraffins felt superior to the rest of the bunch and tested almost identically in the speed trap.

    1. Swix HF6
    1. SkiGo C380
    1. SkiGo HF Blue
    1. Holmenkol Matrix Blue
    5. Holmenkol Matrix Green
    6. Holmenkol Speedbase Cold
    7. SkiGo HF Green
    8. Holmenkol Speedbase Mid

    (from 2015 tests)

    1. SkiGo HF Blue (superior)
    2. Holmenkol Matrix Blue (superior, very close to SkiGo HF Blue)
    3. Holmenkol Speedbase Cold
    4. Holmenkol Matrix Green
    5. Holmenkol Speedbase Mid

    Fluoro Powder

    2016 Test
    1. Holmenkol Speedpowder Cold
    2. SkiGo C110
    3. Race Powder Mid (Formerly Mid 08)
    4. SkiGo C105

    2015 tests

    1. SkiGo C110 (superior)
    2. Holmenkol Speedpowder Mid
    3. SkiGo C105
    4. Holmenkol Speedpowder Cold
    5. Holmenkol Race Powder Mid (formerly Mid-08)
    Test Discussion

    Check back Friday mid-day for an update after our testing.

    CONCLUSIONARY NOTES – BNS will have a table set up Saturday morning at the race start and will be testing top coats, kick, and hand structure at the venue.  Come by to get our latest test results and recommendations.

    note: BNS imports Holmenkol and SkiGo waxes, and also sells waxes from Swix, Toko, Rode, Solda, Rex, Guru, Innovax, Magnar and others. We search for the fastest waxes for our customers and our testing is professional, objective and transparent. We make our best effort to test what we think is the best from each brand.  However, given that we are testing more options from Holmenkol and SkiGo, there is a bias toward those brands.  With this full disclosure, you can assess the legitimacy of our testing yourself. Visit Swix and Toko for their official recommendations. If you have any questions please contact us. 

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