Thursday, 31 January 2013

Edmonton Alberta Cup - Preliminary Wax Recommendation

Fast Trax - Preliminary Wax Recommendation

Edmonton Alberta Cups 5 & 6



Event information:
 
Saturday - interval start, skate
Sunday - interval start, classic
 
Race notice - ENSC race notice
 
 
Weather:
 
Saturday:
 
Forecast morning lows range from -4 to -7. Forecast daytime highs range from -1 to +5, but the consensus seems to be closer to +- 1 degree from zero. Skies are likely to be cloudy. 

Sunday:
 
Forecast morning lows range from -1 to -8. Forecast daytime highs range from 0 to +3, but the consensus seems to be closer to +3.
 
 
Recommendation:
 
Base layer - Swix CH4, Solda S30, or Ski*Go C380
 
Race paraffin - Holmenkol Matrix Red, Swix HF7, Ski*Go HFViolet/HF Yellow mixed 50/50
 
 
Discussion:
 
Although the daytime high temperatures are forecast to be quite warm for the weekend, it is important to remember that a large portion of the race course is in the woods and covered by shade. As a result, the snow will not be subject to the full force of the warming trend. In addition, exceptionally cold overnight lows during the early part of the week will have cooled the snowpack significantly.
 
Due to the shady trails and cold overnight lows leading up to the race, we have recommended a slightly colder glide wax. We have also suggested the application of an initial hardening layer. Given the cold overnight temperatures, this will make a big difference in ski speed for the duration of the race. 
 
 
Testing:

With the races just a few minutes away from our World Headquarters, Fast Trax has planned an in depth on snow testing schedule for the events.
 
Friday evening - testing based recommendation; glide wax

Saturday evening - testing based recommendation; glide wax, base binder, preliminary kickwax results
 
We will plan to post the results of our testing in the early evening each day to allow coaches, athletes, and wax techs ample time to make use of the information. The results will be posted here, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter.