Our older athletes spent 6 days on snow last week at Frozen Thunder and most likely practices this weekend will shift to Sovereign Lake to get access to early snow.
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! You do not want a grumpy wax tech…
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:
- Your name clearly marked on the skis
- 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 with the following procedure.
- 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.
- 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.