Conditions: The loop is made of mainly man-made snow and very old transformed snow. Wednesday and Thursday of this week have been some of the lowest temperatures seen all year. That snow is very very cold right now. The air temps on Friday are very warm, but we are recommending to stay within the colder waxes.
During the morning of the race, temps will be back below freezing starting at midnight with race time temps in the 25*F-32*F.
HF5BWX is specially designed for man-made snow and has tested warmer on artificial loops than the labeled temps. The hardness of this wax will hold up better over marathon distances on abrasive snow. This wax won our wax tests under similar conditions in preparation for the City of Lakes Loppet.
FC5X is the same formula of the old FC100. It was our winner at 28* in testing for the City of Lakes Loppet last weekend.
Many people will look at the air temps on Friday and wax too warm for the man-made conditions.
Base: KX20 Green Base Klister
Klister: KX35 Violet Special Klister (Alternative: KX45 Violet Klister for skiers who will be racing longer)
Durability is key in a marathon race on man-made snow. A base klister, ironed in, is essential. Using a klister as your main kick wax will give you durability (adheres better than hard wax) and better kick as temperatures warm.
Covering with VR55N hard wax sped up the glide slightly. If you are concerned about having enough kick, you may want to skip the cover.
For skiers who will be racing for over 3.5 hours, you may want to use KX45, which will kick a little better as it gets warmer.