New Moon Wax & Trail Report
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Weekend Wax Recommendations /January 29th-30th
Preliminary Wax Outlook:
Lows single digits below zero Friday night, increasing to 15 F during race, increasing clouds. Packed powder conditions, thin in spots, watch for grass/dirt in some areas
Kick: Snow is cold packed powder... lows this week have been as low as minus 30 F... dry clippers have been the last few snowfalls. Track is likely to be abrasive. Recommending an iron in binder, perhaps 50/50 Vauhti Super Base and regular Green Binder, either Swix VG35, Toko Green, or Vauhti GS Base. Base sanded and lightly chevroned with sandpaper.
***Don't remove base material when sanding kick zones, just brush it up.***
Iron in binders 8-18" long and let cool. Do 8-18" layer of Swix V40 Extra Blue, 2 layers corked in. Cover with V30 or other blue/green hard waxes. Go longer in front with the colder hard waxes. Elite skiers go shorter, rec skiers can wax halfway to the tip for more kick.
Glide wax is pretty easy, go with your cold waxes and keep it simple. Start Green, Star Polar, Rex G41, Swix Polar or HS5, brushed thoroughly.
The over 100 kilometer Birkie® Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. The Birkie® trail was built for all silent sports enthusiasts to enjoy. The non-profit 501(c)(3) American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation maintains 100% of the trail system. Donations to help cover the annual maintenance costs are welcome.
The Rock Lake National Recreation Trail is a narrow classic only ski trail that traverses rolling to hilly terrain. Trail Length: 2 Km, 4 Km, 7.1 Km, 11.5 Km, 16 Km, and Rock Lake Loop which adds 1.8 Km to the 11.5 and 16 Km trails. Rock Lake is suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers. Downhills are long and twisting but have good run outs. The two longest loops pass a number of small scenic lakes. The trail is located in a maple and oak forest that has occassional stands of large white pine. Uphills are relatively short but numerous giving the skier a good workout.
The Mukwonago Ski Trail is managed for both skate and classic technique cross country skiing. Trail Length: Loops of 2.3 Km, 4.4 Km, 7.5 Km, and 13.6 Km. What to Expect: The Mukwonago Ski Trail flows easily over rolling to hilly terrain. Beginner and novice skiers do well on the 2.3 and 4.4 Km loops. The longer loops are better suited for intermediate skiers. The uphills are located on moderate slopes making the trail easy to ski. The 13.6 Km loop has several long down hills - the longest being hearly one half kilometer. In the winter, when snow conditions permit, the trail is groomed about 12 feet wide and classic ski tracks are set on one side. The trail passes through an oak and white pine forest. Several small lakes and ponds are located within view of the ski trail.
About 4 miles of winding trails with a couple of small hills, scenic mixed woods, a small lake, and abundant wildlife. There is also a sledding hill and snowshoe trail.
The North End Ski Trails are part of a relatively complex network of most of which connect to or intersect the Birkie trails. There are over 50 km of regularly groomed trails available from the North End Trailhead. The North End Trails are all generally intermediate in level of difficulty. There are a few steeper, faster hills, so one must have a modest level of ability to ski and enjoy these trails
Mt. Ashwabay is a small mountain with lots of opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior’s South Shore.
Overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands, Mt. Ashwabay offers 12 alpine runs spanning over 65 acres and over 40km of cross-country trails. With our tubing hill as well as snowshoeing, skijoring, fat tire biking, and year-round hiking trails.
With classic only, classic/skate, skijoring, and snowshoe trails, ABR has a nice mix of trails for everyone. The Montreal River valley makes for some gentle and scenic terrain. When mixed in with the bluffs the terrain becomes more interesting for the intermediate skier. For those looking for true training hills the ridges on Peltonen Pass Out are famous for thrilling hills. The hills are 100-130 foot elevation gains but never more than a 1/2 km in length so more bumpy than mountainous leaving time for a rest to catch your breath at 600 ft elevation!
There are now over 50 miles of groomed winter bike routes and literally hundreds of miles of plowed town roads to tour.The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) is responsible for the development and management of a regional mountain bike trail system of over 100 miles, and over 200 miles of gravel routes. The CAMBA trails lie in and around the beautiful Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as well as in the Bayfield and northern Sawyer County Forests – nearly a million acres in which to ride your mountain bike or your gravel bike. Trails are based in the towns of Bayfield, Cable, Delta, Drummond, Hayward, Namakagon and Seeley.
CAMBA takes its responsibility as a steward of the environment very seriously and is committed to sustainable trail development – trails that will withstand years of regular use without degrading or promoting erosion.