Ski Base Prep for Birkie

Those who have been in Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin, have told me that the snow is abrasive and dirty. It snowed a little today, a very fine snow coming off the lake. The forecast from NOAA:

Tonight: Scattered snow showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -6. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 17. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around -12. Calm wind.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 25. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around -7. Calm wind.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 31.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 4.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.


So it looks to me like the snow will be cold and abrasive. If you want to start prepping skis do a hot scrape and clean the bases. I would pick a cold base ski with a fine grind and start with Solda FC27. Crayon on the FC27 and drip on Solda Performance Green, Iron, scrape and brush. I would then apply a couple of layers of Solda F15 Blue and wait to watch the weather. For those of you interested there will be some people at the Birkie testing wax. Walter Knight, from Boulder Nordic Sports will be testing lots of waxes. He will have a BNS shop set up in Cable. Chris Wheaton will also be testing Solda waxes. Look for Chris in the Red Solda suit. I will post the wax as the Solda Team sees it on this Solda Wax Blog. Happy waxing.
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1 Response to Ski Base Prep for Birkie

  1. Mark Nienstaedt says:

    Bert,

    If you compare NOAA projections for Cable and Hayward, you might conclude that temperatures around 8 a.m. start time saturday will be in the low single digits with the temperature under sunny skis around 27 at 12 noon in Downtown Hayward. That should frame the race. The RH will be at 90% at 6 a.m. dropping to near 50% by noon. Skinny Ski has a yesterday posted Birkie Trail Report that indicates that light snow was then falling. 125 miles east of the Birkie Trail, we got about 1″ overnight. It looks like very cold nights with near Freezing point, sunny ski days through Saturday. Mark Nienstaedt

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