Friday, 10 February 2017


Canadian Birkebeiner February 11, 2017

Wax recommendations sent out by Vaughn McGrath based on Expected Air Temperature for Feb. 11th 9 a.m. –8C   11 a.m.  -6C 1:30 p.m. -4C

Expected Snow Type: Mixed New &Old Fine Grain/ Some Ice & new snow Humidity: 75%

The following wax recommendations are suggested by the Swix Wax Team based on the current weather forecast for for Feb 11th and observations of fresh groomed ski tracks on February 9th.  The ski trails are to be groomed Thursday and Friday but there is a chance of a few cm of fresh to be in the tracks at start time.

NOTE: Your final wax selection will need to be based on final weather conditions at the time of your event, your skiing style and your experience with your skis.

The basic steps to preparation of your skis for the event are:
1) Clean the old kick wax off your skis using base cleaner
2) Glide wax your skis
3) Apply base binder
3) Apply kick wax
Birkie Trails nearing finish line.
SKI SELECTION & STRUCTURE:  Medium Stone ground skis: Medium structure. Use hand structure on stone ground skis for better glide.  Swix Structure Tool: .75 mm linear structure (imprint roller that gives linear structure) or T0401 .75 mm linear

GLIDE:  Option 1 – EASY
1. Iron in LF6X (alternative CH6X). Let cool off. Iron in once more and let cool off. Scrape off with a Swix Plexi Scraper, and brush with a Swix Medium Bronze or Fine Steel Brush.
2. Finish with the Blue Nylon Polish Brush.

Base Prep: Start with a light brush with a steel brush or bronze brush. Wipe clean with Fiberlene. Clean/condition skis with Swix Fluror Glide Cleaner (apply cleaner, brush cleaner on base, wipe clean) Let stand to dry off for 3 minutes.  Next Iron in (apply) a layer of Swix HF4X (or LF4X) , cool a few minutes, Scrape & brush with Medium Bronze or Fine Steel brush.

Race Wax
1. Iron in one layer of HF6X  ( HF6BWX Black) (alternatives DHF104  White Marathon  or DHF104BW Black Marathon )  Let cool off. Iron in once more and let cool off. Scrape off with a Swix Plexi Scraper, and brush with a Swix Bronze or Steel Brush.
2. Apply Cera F FC6X (or FC78) with an iron temperature of approx. 165°C. Make one continuous pass with the iron with a constant pressure – take one side of the groove at the time. Let cool approx. 10 min. Brush the powder away with a nylon and then a horsehair- or wild boar brush.   Finish with the Blue Nylon Polish Brush.

1. Sand (rub) the grip zone area with #100 or #150 grit silicon sandpaper.
2. Apply VG 35 base binder, apply 3-4 dabs of  KX20 Green Base klister on top.    Iron in, the 2 together and then cork smooth (2nd alternative: spray on a layer of KB20 green base klister, cork smooth)  Let dry 10 min or longer  (Note: for the short distances of 2.5km, 4km, 13 km skiers may just use VG 35 base binder(iron in VG 35 after apply it)
3. Apply a layer of V40 Extra Blue hard kick wax on top of base binder.  cork lightly so smooth . Apply a 2nd layer of V40.   Let kick wax cool off outside.
4. Apply 3 layers of VR45 (or V45) Special Violet kick/grip wax, cooking lightly so smooth between layers. Let sit/cool off 5 min.
5. Finish with  2-3 layers of VR 40 (or V 30) at cool temperatures of 0C or colder

Final Swix Wax recommendations will be available at the Birke Fair after the Swix Tech Team does some skiing and testing on the groomed and trackset Birke trails this afternoon.

 Note: if the temperature becomes warmer, than the expected weather forecast we have provided, we recommend, add 1-3 thin layers of warmer grip wax. This is likely most applicable for those who start later in the day on Feb. 11th.  We suggest to wait to the day of the Birke to make this decision.

Take on your Birke ski -VR 40, VR 45, VR50, (or V40, V45, V50)  a cork & a scrapper to remove any stick, leaves etc. that might stick to your wax or if your skis ice up

Come see the Swix Wax Team at the Swix table at the Birkebeiner 2017 Nordic Fair or at the Event Start Area for updated waxing information