Don’t let the crazy weather this week dampen your enthusiasm for one of the best classic races of the year. After two extremely easy and predictable wax weekends (White Pine + North American VASA) we are due for a challenge.
Last year’s Classic Races at Black Mountain provided racers with the challenges of elevation change and a variety of micro climates. The feedback from last year was that the best wax option was the correct klister choice + the correct hard wax cover (one that would provide at least a little grip, but not ice up). And regarding those occasional sunny warm spots last year – be sure to be looking ahead this year just in case.
I just double checked the weather forecast for Onaway, Michigan and there might be some fresh snow coming their way on Friday and Friday night. How much?
When I submit my SWIX Wax Recommendations on Wednesday for the weekend races I’ll most likely provide a grip option for two of the three scenarios:
1. Fresh snow: SWIX VR and/or V Wax
2. Icy tracks + a dusting of fresh snow: Klister with SWIX VR and/or V Wax
3. Icy tracks and NO new snow: Klister only
I’ll be updating the SWIX Wax Recommendations as the weather forecasts are updated.
If you get rain in your neck of the woods Thursday it might not be a bad idea to give the Klister a go during you work out. Just be sure to have those bases cleaned and ready for just about anything this weekend.
I made a point to do a 20 mile ski walk up at Black Mountain this past fall to get a better feel for the elevation changes and awesome terrain changes. Black Mountain is the highest point in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and will definitely provide a uniquely fun classic race experience. The fantastic trails are similar in many ways to my favorite trails at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado – just down the road from Winter Park Ski Area.
The only guarantee is that the Black Mountain Classic is a race you won’t want to miss. Embrace the waxing challenge, ski fast and have fun.
Black Mountain Race and Tour Info: http://nordicskiracer.com/racing/2011/Registration-Black-Mountain.pdf
SWIX Nordic Wax Website: http://www.swixracing.us
* submitted by Pete Edwards, owner/founder WWW.SKIWALKING.COM LLC and SWIX Nordic Tech Team Member