Saturday, January 20, 2018

Track Report - Teton Lakes Reborn!

Just an update on the ski track. I spent time today tuning and somewhat resurrecting the thing.  There are a few detours but for the most part it is good skating and the conventional track is okay where I could find ungroomed snow to work in.  It is not the same track in many places like on the hill out east by the freeway I had to be creative, so follow the groomer tracks not your old mind set.  But you can still get a good work out.  Cart paths and bridges need precaution but for the most part it still works and the snow is very fast.   Have fun and pray for snow.


Doug

Friday, January 19, 2018

Cupid Cup CANCELLED

We’re sad to announce that the Cupid Cup is officially cancelled due to lack of snow.  

We’re hopeful that we may have better cooperation from Mother Nature in the years to come. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Toko Wax Recommendations - Cupid Cup 2018

WAX RECOMMENDATION

Cupid Cup
Teton Lakes Golf Course, Rexburg, ID Saturday, January 20
10 A.M.
5/10K, Skate or Classic

Mass start, 2 Laps

Forecast/Conditions: Overnight low of 19, 22 at start, rain/snow mix likely Friday. An 80 percent cloud cover, 30 percent chance of new precipitation during race, 90 percent relative humidity. Track will be hard, transformed snow possibly covered with 1-2” of new snow. Groomers will loosen up surface of skate lanes prior to start. Due to conditions classic lanes likely will be non-existent.

Glidewax: Apply LF Black, scrape and brush, then apply HF Blue, scrape and brush. Finish by crayoning JetStream blue, iron hot (320F)with a layer of fiberlene under the iron, traveling slowly (60 seconds) tip to tail. Brush with a dedicated nylon polishing brush and polish with a

Gripwax: Roughen base with 150 grit sandpaper, apply Nordic Base Klister Green, let cool and apply Nordic Klister Blue/Klister Red mixed 1:1, let cool. If course is covered in new snow, roughen base with 150 grit sandpaper, apply Nordic Base Wax green, let cool. Then apply 2 layers GripWax Red covered with 1 layer of GripWax Blue, corking between layers. If using skin skis, see our skin treatment options for best results.

Structure: A fine structure covered by one pass with the Blue Structurite tool (before JetStream application) will best suit these conditions.

Created by Randy Anderson, Toko Tech Team member since 2015.
Randy@TokoUS.com
 
Check the Wax Tips page at TokoUS.com before all of your races for the latest waxing information. The Toko Race Wax Tips offer racers precise waxing advice on how to make your skis perform optimally for a given event. For racers who don’t have top end waxes, skip the Fluorocarbon (JetStream or HelX) and substitute the LF or NF wax of the same color (Yellow, Red or Blue). To see optimal application procedures for both Glidewax and Gripwax, go to the How To link at TokoUS.com.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Track Report

Watch for a few puddles throughout the course, especially by the parking lot and the first stretch along the west side of the course.  If you're there early, those parts will be icy.  If you go later in the day, you may run into mush or free-standing water.  In between those areas, however, the track is pretty good.  Doug has skirted around some of the bare patches to create some viable skiing.  The classic track is not holding up as well as the skate track.  I'd suggest taking skis off and walking carefully across the bridge if you head into the Cow Pasture section.  
Early in the day, crust cruising is another option.  Just be wise, and realize that cross-country skiing isn't always perfect.  :)
As of now, we are still planning on the Cupid Cup Race on Saturday.  The course may need to be adjusted, but we won't know until Friday.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Grooming?

Doug sent this very helpful (and hopeful) report just now:

I groomed yesterday and to be honest it turned out better than I thought it would.  Just finished skiing this morning.  For the most part it was good.  There are ice patches where you should be on skates, but that is better than puddles or lakes.   With just an inch of snow it would be fantastic.  Let’s pray for a little snow and no rain or warm weather.   Some cold nights would help also.  If people ski they should do it early in the morning, and not ski when it is warm and leaves deep tracks.  The trail could be altered to new areas if we do not get new snow and that will depend on having cold weather to freeze the lakes under the snow.  For now we wait!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Track Report

It's raining, and we expect rain all day. Ugh.
The track is holding up though, and it should snow later tonight and tomorrow, so hopefully we there's not a lot of track damage, and that we recover from today's rain quickly.
Still, the skate track is pretty good right now.  The classic track is mostly okay, but falling apart in places.

Think nice, cold, snowy thoughts...

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Grooming Report

Doug worked on the track (yippee! and THANK YOU) and sent this report:

Saturday’s snow was not much, but enough to make skating very good.  Most everything is covered, the base hard and firm, the surface is just soft enough to give a great ride, the temperature and texture makes the snow very fast.  I will tune it Monday morning and it should be good until it snows Wednesday morning.  The classic track still has bare spots but not as many as before.  Next snow should fix all.


Jeff and Randy put out the kiosk yesterday (Saturday) so the map is up for your convenience.  We will post a Cupid Cup poster on the board, too.  Please join us for the Cupid Cup (scroll down to a previous post with the details). This is a fun race on a fast course with lots of really nice people.

Happy trails.