January 16, 2018

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Race Season Ski Marking – IMPORTANT

Athletes and parents, as our race season is approaching please ensure that classic ski grip zones are marked clearly.  This makes wax techs happy, especially those with old eyes…plus you run the risk of not having optimal grip and glide!

If your skis are new to you, you have grown and/or gained weight, please use wax remover and a cloth or fibertex to remove all the old marks.

Once the skis are clean or if they are new then grip zones need identified.

Here is what we would like:

  1. Your name clearly marked on the skis
  2. Whether the skis are Hardwax or Klister skis.  If you only have one pair then don’t worry about this.

Go to your friendly neighbourhood ski store and ask them to help you with marking your skis using a pressure gauge.  Coaches Paul and Ross can assist with this.

  1.  For the front grip zone: Apply 50%  body weight 8cm behind the balance point.  Use feeler gauges to mark .05mm, .1mm, .2mm, .3mm and .5mm on the skis.  These can be marked as .5, 1, 2, 3 and 5 beside the vertical mark.
  2. For the rear grip zone; Apply 66% of body weight 15cm behind the balance point.  Use feeler gauges to mark .05, .1mm, .2mm, .3mm and .5mm on the skis.  These can be marked as .5, 1, 2, 3 and 5 beside the vertical mark

Please mark the skis grip zones with either a black or silver sharpie (for dark sidewalls).  It is an athlete’s responsibility to remark the lines if they are removed due to cleaning.  Marking the top sheet of the ski is a great idea to help remark the sidewall of the ski.



JD / TJR/ TR1 Important Ski Info.

JD / TR1 / TJR Important Ski Info.

We are trying to improve our waxing and race day organization.   We need all our skiers to do the following:

  • Make sure your classic skis have clearly marked wax pockets for hard wax and klister.  This should be done with a black or silver (for skis with black sidewalls) Sharpie .  Both of our ski store sponsors can help with this.  If you are unclear please ask one your coaches for assistance.  Please erase any old markings with wax remover and a cloth or fibertex.
  • We are going to color code skis by age group to allow for easier race day waxing.  You can ask Deepa, Paul or Ross for stickers (though Paul might not be the best to ask, he might need help with his colours).  The sticker should be placed in front of the binding.  Both skate and classic skis should have stickers.
  • Green – PeeWee
  • Yellow – Midget
  • Blue – Bantam

BC Cup #1 Whistler Olympic Park – Team plan

Here are important details for the upcoming BC Cup races in Whistler Olympic Park at the Callaghan Valley ski trails

If you haven’t already, please sign up to volunteer here

Race Notice here:

Weather:  Callaghan valley weather can best be described as predictably unpredictable (the kind of weather that keeps wax techs from sleeping at night).  So please be prepared for any and every kind of weather (who remembers the sprint day of the BC Champs 2 years ago?).  Weather from the Callaghan Valley can be found here

Arrival: Please try to ski the courses (classic and skate courses might be slightly different) on Friday afternoon, skiing the course on race day can be difficult as the courses are closed during racing.

I will try to get there by 1:30 on Friday to test some grip and get our waxing equipment & tent set up.  We are also renting a wax trailer where all the team equipment will be located.

Skis: It is each athletes responsibility to bring have skis properly prepared for racing.  This would include being clean, your name clearly visible and with grip zones properly marked.  Ski marking link is here.

BC Cup races are Low Fluoro only (YAY !!!)

Classic Skis: Please bring skis ready to ski classic on Friday, if you own a warmup pair ski on those and have the race skis glide waxed with Swix LF8 or Toko Yellow.  If you are skiing on your race skis Friday they will need to be cleaned & re glide waxed on Friday afternoon.  Race ski grip zones should NOT have any binder wax (in case we make hairies) in the grip zone.  Classic skis for racing Saturday will be kept in the team wax trailer Friday night.

Skate Skis: Please bring skate skis glide waxed but not scraped with Swix LF8 or Toko Yellow  Give these to the wax techs on Saturday after your cool down.

Start lists will be posted on Zone4.ca on Friday.  Athletes need to arrive 90 minutes prior to their race start time.

Day 1 Interval Start Classic  First Category 11 am start time

Classic course maps

Day 2 Mass Start Skate First Category 10am start

Skate course maps

Team Meeting 8pm Friday and Saturday nights in the breakfast area of the Sandman Hotel and Suites in Squamish, BC

Parents ‘meeting’ Saturday 5 pm location TBA