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Beckie Scott Loppet: Waxing Recommendations

Recommendations are as follows (based on expected temperature and snow conditions):
Edmonton Training at Goldbar
  • Temperature: Low -21C and high of -18C (Likely still close to -20C at the start of the Loppet)
  • Old transformed snow, likely granular and icy (depends on how much snow falls on the ground )
  • 2-3cm of snow is forecasted…but they already received 3-5cm…and they had more snow than here, to begin with!!
Glide
  • LF4 – this is a hard wax and has a great range (I don’t think HF’s or graphite gliders will be better)
  • Scrape, brush (brass brush or horsehair, fine steel brush, and polish with hard bristle nylon brush)
Grip Option #1 – If there has been some snow (3-8cm in total!) Likely this one!!!
  • Place masking tape across the base to mark the wax pocket – at both ends
  • Sandpaper wax pocket w/120-150 grit paper (back and forth along the LENGTH of the wax pocket)
  • Apply a layer of Vauhti K-Base (or Rode Black Base, Swix VG35 etc) by ironing in and then cork.
  • Let cool outside (10min)
  • Apply and cork in multiple (5-6) thin layers of SWIX VR 30, or Vauhti K21, or Rode Green Special, or some such wax). Iron in the first two layers and cork

Grip Option #2 – if granular and icy and little to no new snow

  • Place masking tape across the base to mark the wax pocket – at both ends
  • Sandpaper wax pocket w/120-150 grit paper (back and forth along the LENGTH of the wax pocket)
  • Apply a thin layer of Base Klister (Swix or Vauhti Green, or K-Line Base Klister) by heating it in with a heating gun and spreading
  • Let cool outside (10min)
  • Apply a layer of Blue klister (Swix, Vauhti, Rex are good choices)
  • Bring to Goldbar and assess. If there has been little to no snow then this should work, but if even a cm or two, cover the with Hard Wax (SWIX VR 30, Vauhti K21, Rode Green Special, or some such wax)
Bring along a heat gun and/or waxing iron, waxing table, the klisters above and/or hard waxes above as well as Universal Klister and Violet klister to potentially apply there if needed.
If you have two pairs of skis then it might be a good idea to prepare your skis using both options and then deciding which is best once you get there and after you can assess the snow conditions. Otherwise, glide prep your skis and sandpaper the wax pocket but wait until you arrive onsite before you apply any grip option…

Recommended Grip Waxing for Sat Training

Recommendations are as follows (based on expected temperature and snow conditions):
Edmonton Training at Goldbar
  • Temperature: Low -19C and high of -14C (Likely still close to -18C when we train)
  • Old transformed snow, likely granular and icy (depends on how much snow falls on the ground )
  • 3-8cm of snow is forecasted…let’s hope!!
Glide
  • LF4 – this is a hard wax and has a great range (I don’t think HF’s or graphite gliders will be better)
  • Scrape, brush (brass brush or horsehair, fine steel brush, and polish with hard bristle nylon brush)
Grip Option #1 – if granular and icy and little to no snow
  • Place masking tape across the base to mark the wax pocket – at both ends
  • Sandpaper wax pocket w/120-150 grit paper (back and forth along the LENGTH of the wax pocket)
  • Apply a thin layer of Base Klister (Swix or Vauhti Green, or K-Line Base Klister) by heating it in with a heating gun and spreading
  • Let cool outside (10min)
  • Apply a layer of Blue klister (Swix, Vauhti, Rex are good choices)
  • Bring to Goldbar and assess. If there has been little to no snow then this should work, but if even a cm or two, cover the with Hard Wax (SWIX VR 30, Vauhti K21, Rode Green Special, or some such wax)
Grip Option #2 – If there has been some snow (3-8cm)
  • Place masking tape across the base to mark the wax pocket – at both ends
  • Sandpaper wax pocket w/120-150 grit paper (back and forth along the LENGTH of the wax pocket)
  • Apply a thin layer of Vauhti K-Base (or Rode Black Base, Swix VG35 etc) by heating it in with a heating gun or spreading using an iron and finally a cork. You may also mix in Vauhti Super Base in there as well…
  • Let cool outside (10min)
  • Apply and cork in multiple (5-6) thin layers of SWIX VR 30, or Vauhti K21, or Rode Green Special, or some such wax). Iron in the first two layers and cork
Bring along a heat gun and the klisters above and/or hard waxes above as well as Universal Klister and Violet klister to potentially apply there if needed…

Sunday Jackrabbits – 1 Feb

Hello Sunday Bunny and Jackrabbits!

This Sunday we will be going to Strathcona Wilderness Centre for our lesson which will run the regular time from 1:30-3:00.

Cost

You need to have a trail pass to ski at the centre. A family pass is $11.50. The cost is used to pay for the grooming and running the lodge. Please bring cash for the family pass, as this will speed things up.

Directions

Head east on 101 Avenue from 50 street. This turns into Baseline Road as it passes through Sherwood Park and eventually becomes Township Road 530. You follow Township Road 530 until you reach Range Road 212. Turn right (south) into the Wilderness Centre.

Attached is a map with directions to the Strathcona Wilderness Centre.

Travel Time and Start of Lesson

It takes from 30-40 minutes to go from 50 Street and 101 Avenue to the Strathcona Wilderness Centre, so make sure you leave early. Considering the number of people in our group, you will probably need to walk down from the upper parking lot. The Strathcona Wilderness Centre will also be holding their own Jackrabbits lesson, so the site will likely be busy.

Expect to be onsite at 1 p.m. This gives us time for everyone to get down to the lodge where we are meeting, get their skis on, purchase trail passes and organize into your groups.

Where You Will Be Skiing

If you are late, your instructors will be on the following trails (see the attached trail map)

Bunnies – Fox Loop

Level 1 – Owl Loop

Level 2 – Owl Loop to Wagon Loop to Coyote Run and then back on the Owl Loop

Level 3, 4 – Owl Loop to Wagon Loop and back

There will not be an official break back at the lodge. The bunnies will return to the lodge, but many of the other groups will have their break out on the trail. Therefore, pack a snack and something to drink for your kids to take on the trail and put it in a small backpack for them to carry. There will also be hot chocolate available, so remember to bring a small mug for the children.

Note, if you are helping or going with your children, you will need skis.  If you don’t have any rentals are available.

CDN Westerns and AB Cup 5/6

CDN Westerns and AB Cup 5/6

Jan 15-18, 2015

Congratulations to all our ENSC skiers for their strong performances at the Western Canadian Championships this past weekend in Canmore. With over 560 skiers attending, we saw fantastic results and efforts in all of the categories, from Masters to mini midget and midgets. The weather was fantastic, the hills were impressive, and the skiing was inspiring. You should all be proud of your athleticism that carried you up the headwalls and down the s-turns.

It was great to see ENSC so well represented at Friday’s classic race. On our Junior team, pumping up the action was Tate McDonald, Luke Gerwing, Ingvild Høymork, Silas Lang, Travis Luckert, and Sarah Tipples. Our Juvenile team, charging up the headwall (twice), included Marin Cislo, Jonathan Farr, Alexandra Gottschalk, Samantha Gottschalk, Sarah Hanstock and Will Rickard. The Midget Classic race saw four ENSC finishers, Erin Bennett, Ngaire Barraclough, Isabella Hansen-Yang and Annie Barraclough, have an excellent day of racing on a very hard course.

Cheering from the sidelines, it appeared that Edmonton Nordic’s advantage on the hills was great wax and spectacular “Aktiv Fremføring”!

Saturday sprint races were exciting to watch. Eleven ENSC Juveniles and Juniors competed in the sprints. Sarah T (14th) made it to the Quarter Finals and Jonathan Farr to the B Finals (8th), both with strong finishes. In the A Final sprints, Ingvild won silver, Luke won bronze, and Marin won 5th. Excellent results for our team! It was a relief not to see any spectacular wipe outs or broken poles as you navigated around the corners at both ends of the course.

All of ENSC’s Midget racers qualified for the Quarter finals. In addition to the Friday racers we also had Mia Cowper and Astrid Stark. Both Ngaire and Erin made it through to the A finals, with Erin taking home the Gold medal! Excellent Racing! Our Mini midgets did a kings court sprint format with great success. Max Stark, Alex Hansen-Yang and Annie represented us well in a very competitive field. Well Done!

Sunday brought fresh snow and slower / tougher conditions for the Skate Mass Start races. This was a long, grueling skate race for both the mini and midget categories. Our team did well and represented ENSC proudly. Max managed to bring home a gold medal. Congratulations all for powering through day 3 of racing and competing strongly in the final race of the weekend.

Thanks again to Dave, Chris and Ulf for all the time spent waxing skis. Thank you Maxine Farr-Jones and Rebecca Luckert for videoing the races, Heather for coordinating team activities / meetings, and many thanks to Ulf!

Laurie Hunt

Todd Barraclough

Beckie Scott Loppet

This Saturday 31st January,  join Vermilion Nordic skiers for the Beckie Scott Loppet.

 

For more information go to the Vermilion Nordic Ski club website HERE

Volunteers needed: Zone 4 Registrar

We are currently looking for several volunteers to take over the responsibility of setting up the registration forms on zone4 for the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club. Zone4 is an online registration system used by ENSC to allow members to register and pay for programs and lessons provided by ENSC. The program is modular-based which allows anyone setting up a course to easily add text and charges to a registration form without having any programming experience.  If you can do Facebook, you can do Zone4!

If you are interested in volunteering or just want to see how things are done before committing yourself, please contact Colin At ensczone4@gmail.com.

Alberta Cup 7&8 Race Notice

The AB Cup 7&8 is scheduled to take place in Camrose, on February 7th-8th.

You can find the Race Notice Here.

 

Note that due to the unseasonably warm conditions, the back-up date for the Camrose AB cup is February 21-22nd. Stay posted for any changes!

Skiers Drop in at Westerns

Westerns

 

Edmonton Nordic skiers with lots of energy prior to last weekends events.

New Features on ENSC Website

NordicNewsMenu

The website is undergoing renovations.

All the blogs are now located in the Nordic News section, and can be accessed from the NORDIC NEWS drop-down menu. If you have any questions please send them to:

webmaster@edmontonnordic.ca

 

Calforex 3: Photos By Ray

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