Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Late March - WOTD

Overnight lows in the 20's     Expected highs near 50F.  

Spring-like skiing conditions on repeat...

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

Grip Wax: Snow is transformed and grip will require a universal klister.    Try Swix Uni, Toko Red, or Start Uni Wide.

Or you can cruise around on your skin skis and leave the wax at home.


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Feb 22 WOTD - and Ski Shuttle Bus Reminder

Temp is 16F at 6:30 and an expected high around 43.   "Spring-like" skiing conditions...

Glide Wax:   Toko Red or Swix 7 (colder wax will help with durability in abrasive snow)

Grip Wax:  Klister is in order - Try START Uni Wide, Swix Universal, or Toko Red Klister.

Or get plenty of  grip with a skin ski and focus on the views.

Saturday Ski Shuttle Bus to Mazama!

On each Saturday from December 28 - February 29, Methow Trails offers transportation service between Winthrop and Mazama for those looking for a one-way ski journey along the iconic Methow Community Trail.  The shuttle is free, but a valid ski trail pass is required.  
Pick-up times are:

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





Saturday, February 8, 2020

Wax recommendations - Ski to the Sun - Feb 8

Methow Ski to the Sun Saturday, Feb 8, 2020
Skate/Free Technique solo & relay options.
Saturday a.m.

UPDATED Feb 7, 2020    at 10:30 a.m.
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Weather

Friday Night: Chance of rain, snow, or rain/snow mixed, turning to snow.   Low near 27. 


Snow Conditions:   Wet, new snow, immediately transforming into slushy conditions.   But no additional precip expected during the race.     

Comments:   With luck, the grooming will be done AFTER the precip is finished.    There has been a fair bit of fluctuation in the forecast and variance between the forecast and actual weather.    So plan for the worst and you’ll have a good day out there.
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Glide Wax     

BASE:   Iron in Toko HF Blue or new Swix Marathon White as a base (for durability).    Scrape and brush.   
Note:  Swix Marathon White could be used as a stand alone wax for the race. 

TOP LAYER:  Iron in Toko HF Red/Yellow Mix or Swix HF8.   Scrape & Brush.
Note:    If you use the liquid/spray Toko HF Red or Swix HF8, then let it dry thoroughly and/or roto-cork or hand cork for extra durability.

ADDITIONAL TOPCOAT:     If you’ve got a fluoro block or powder (or spray like Toko HelX) you can add these for additional speed.   These are getting hard to find, but if you have some in your wax box, then it will definitely help.


Base Structure:   A warm grind like d5u (or an older i5 or R214) will be appropriate.   If you’re running a colder grind, then add additional structure. As always, use your fastest skis!


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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Jan 12 WOTD

Groomer DRED says you should ski
Fawn Creek today.
The temperature has been turned down to 11 this morning.     Warming to upper 20's, and a little snow expected.

Glide Wax:  Swix 5, or Toko Red/Blue Mi
Grip Wax:  Start RF Blue, Vauhti GS Blue, Toko Blue, Swix Blue Extra

Or you can get some reliable grip with a skin ski as well.

Remember to get your skiing in before the Seahawks meet the Packers at 3:40 this afternoon.


Monday, December 30, 2019

Jan 6 WOTD

Monday....     24 degrees at 7:00.     Light snow falling.

Glide Wax:    Toko Red or Swix 7.

Grip Wax: Vauhti GS Blue, Toko Blue, Swix Blue Extra,  Start RF Blue

Wax longer and thinner than normal, since fresh cold snow on the tracks will shear and a longer grip zone will help.  

 Classic skiers might find a skin ski or other waxless grip option to be the easiest solution.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Dec 29 WOTD

Sunday morning, 23 F at 7:00.   Expected high near 30.

Glide Wax: Toko Red, or Swix 7.

Classic Grip:    START Oslo Blue, Toko Red,  Swix 50, Vauhti GS Carrot, Rode Super Extra Blue


TRY BIATHLON

There is a Try Biathlon clinic today!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Dec 28 - SKI RODEO

Dec 28th.    The Methow Valley Ski Rodeo is taking place at the McCabe Trails this morning.

17 degrees at7:00

Glide Wax:   Toko Red, or Swix 6

Grip Wax:   Vauhti GS Carrot, Rode Super Extra Blue, Swix 45 or Toko Red.

Of course you can use a no wax classic skis as well.


SHUTTLE 

On each Saturday from December 28 - February 29, Methow Trails offers transportation service between Winthrop and Mazama for those looking for a one-way ski journey along the iconic Methow Community Trail.  The shuttle is free, but a valid ski trail pass is required.  
Pick-up times are:
  • Winthrop Town Trailhead 10:00am
  • Brown's Farm Trailhead 10:15am
  • Mazama Trailhead 11:00am
  • Brown's Farm Trailhead 11:15am