While at the American Birkie I had a discussion with a dedicated SOLDA wax user about waxing for weekend races 3 to 4 days prior to the race. Here's what I recommend...
Our old snow in Bend, Oregon, is extremely abrasive and the S30 as a base layer helps preserve the wax, protect the base and enhance the glide. Pretty good stuff and it will not break the wax budget.
For conditions between hard wax and klister, particularly when the snow is abrasive or crushed ice mixed with power, Toko Base Green can be the ticket.
There are three scenarios for Toko grip wax (hard wax). The first is if the snow is normal powder snow or skied in powder. The second is if the snow is partially transformed...
Ski waxing recommendations from Fast Wax, Swix, Toko and Solda for this weekend's races.
We tested kick waxes, straight base green, straight klisters, and klisters covered. Before qualifying, our best wax was Nordic Green Klister covered by Nordic Red Klister.
For topcoats, we tested many varieties including something less traditional. The less traditional won - our winner was a mix of JetStream Blue and XCold powder (for the topcoat!).
We tested continuously today so we'd learn as much as we can and could pass on as much info as we could to teams. Looks like it paid off!!
The best thing about Fast Wax is that you can have your skis waxed with their top of the line fluorinated waxes for the same price as the top line brands storage wax. It is a great value that cannot be ignored.
The video below demonstrates how to mix HF Blue and XCold Powder, a very common and successful combination.
Here is something I've just started doing with Toko Base Green. I did this twice last year with huge success - both for kick and glide.
This year in Yellowstone, we brought a relatively small group (seven) of skiers and only one coach, so waxing had the potential to get hairy if conditions got completely sketchy.