Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dec 16th Wax of the Day

4" new snow overnight and still snowing at 630 a.m.

Glide Wax:    Toko Red/Yellow mixed, or Swix 8.  

Grip Wax:
Try Toko Yellow, or Swix 60 or Start RF Yellow.

In tricky conditions, a pair of skin skis will work nicely.

It might be prudent today to carry a scraper and some sort of silicone or fluorinated anti-icing in case things get clumpy.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mid-March Wax Recommendations

Cool morning, warming through the day.

Glide wax:    Toko Red/Yellow mix, or Swix 8.    Good skating!

Grip wax:   Klister skiing can be super!   Try Swix Universal Klister, Toko Red Uni Klister, or Rode Multigrade Klister.  

In these spring-like conditions, it's really an ideal day for using a skin ski.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jan 13th - beautiful day!

23F aat 6:30 a.m. and great snow conditions throughout the valley!

Wax Recommendations

Glide Wax:   Toko Red or Swix 7

Grip Wax:    Toko Red or Swix 45, Rode Super Extra Blue, START RF Red

Enjoy the terrific snow!

Snowpack might be soft in many areas.    If you're using grip wax, try waxing a little longer than usual, since the soft, unconsolidated snow tends to shear and a longer grip zone will help.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Jan 10th Wax Recommendations

27F at 6:30 a.m.   Warm up yesterday changed conditions considerably!    New snow on the way tonight and tomorrow!    

Glide:    Toko Red/Yellow mix or Swix 8.       Fast skating today!

Grip:   Try Swix Universal Klister or Toko Red Klister..     There is a chance that it is hardware conditions in the upper Rendezvous and at upper Thompson Ridge.  

You might take some extra waxes (and klister), and a scraper and a cork, and wax for the conditions at the trailhead.      If you are changing elevation considerably (skiing over the Rendezvous perhaps?), then be ready to do some fiddling.

Conditions vary by location, so be prepared to improvise.

If waxing is difficult you can take your Skintec skis!   Or just skate.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2018       Wax of the Day

17 degrees at 7 a.m.

Glide Wax:    Toko Red or Swix 5.

Grip Wax:    Toko Blue or Swix Blue Extra or Rode Blue Super or START RF Blue

Or you can use an option like a Skintec classic ski to keep it simple.

Enjoy this audio clip...'s definitely not Guy Lombardo!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Friday Dec 31st Wax of the Day

Dec 31st.  Fantastic snow!

17F at 6:30 a.m.

Glide wax:   Toko Red or Swix 6

Grip Wax:  Great conditions for waxable classic skiing!

Early morning - Toko Blue, Swix Blue Extra, Rode Blue Super, Start RF Blue

Afternoon - Toko Red, Swix 45, Start RF Red

Or you can cruise around on your Skintec skis with no worries.

FREE Saturday Bus Shuttle

Each Saturday from Dec 30 to Feb 24th, there will be a free bus shuttle between WInthrop and Mazama for skiers looking for a one-way trip along the Methow Community Trail.

A valid ski trail pass is required.    Pick up times are as follows:

  • Winthrop Town Trailhead 10:00
  • Brown's Farm Trailhead  10:15
  • Mazama Trailhead    11:00
  • Brown's Farm Trailhead  11:15

Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Dec 27th

8 degrees at 8:30 a.m.   High of 18 expected.

Glide Wax:   Toko Blue or Swix 5

Grip Wax:   Toko Blue, Swix Blue Extra, Rode Blue Super, Start RF Blue

Enjoy the day!

Methow Valley Ski Rodeo - Dec 27th

Come to the Ski Rodeo!    It's the start of the Methow Valley race season!      It's a fun skate race for all ages and abilities.   The headline event is a mass start 10K race.

When:     Wednesday, Dec 27th
Where:    McCabe Trails at Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop WA.

Pre-registration and Details

Methow Valley Ski Rodeo - Wax Recommendations

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