From Toko's eBlasts, you can receive daily insights of the conditions of various events. Here's Toko's Race Wax Tips. I'll try to post them as they are received. If anyone else catches or receives any insights they hear, receive or know, please share.
Apparently there are parameters from techs (from Toko):
Toko eBlast, February 12:
Today is the day of the opening of the Games. From tomorrow, the biggest sporting event in the world begins. All athletes, trainers and coaches have worked four years for this event. The closer the day-X moves, the more clearly you can feel for the tightness of all the protagonists.
Today the weather was changeable. On the sunny morning and afternoon, it rained at temperatures of +2 ° C.
Tomorrow will be the first competition of the biathletes and Men's much awaited departure. It is unclear whether they will be held at the hervorgesagten forecast, with poor visibility and Windböhen. Let's hope for the best.
Unfortunately, the weather plays an unusually critical role. Locals report that for 70 years was not so hot at this time of year.
At the Toko team all is going very well. Heinz Kolly our Alpine specialist gets up every tomorrow 5 clock 30, to supply on time all the teams with the necessary information. Just as in the Nordic Venue, each team gets an accurate forecast, which we receive from Bern metot every day for all the venues via email. Then it goes to the mountain range to visit to provide accurate weather such as snow and Lufttemeratur and humidity in the different sections to be measured. According to these results, he ended the current Waxtipp creates and distributes it. By the end of the day he feeds each service man with the needed items from our house.
The Nordic race service staff to Jens Rischmüller and Björn Pfestorf to share the work in the biathlon, cross country and Nordic combined. Produkttetests be carried out depending on the cross-country trails and biathlon trails of the start times. As in the Alpine to get all the teams the information they need to support them in wax, weather and start group choice.
My job here is quite clear: organization, Pessearbeit and support for the testing work, and advise the teams in order to weather issues, products and choose Startup group.
Like every day, I'm going back tomorrow to sign with background information and news about the Olympic Games.
From Whistler and Callaghan
Part of the Toko Race Service Crew
Ski Jumping Venue
Nordic Service Cabin
Toko eBlast, February 14:
Today was a crazy day here. The weather once again played the leading role.
Ladies Downhill training was supposed to have taken place this morning. Once again, it had to be canceled because of poor conditions.
With the Biathlon Sprint competition of the men, everything seemed to point to a race with sunshine despite evidence of rain and snow squalls in the area on the radar. As Toko Nordic servicemen Jens and Björn conducted glide tests in the morning, it was dry and the air temperature was 1 ° C. The products that went well on Saturday were going the best. After the first 10 racers had started however, light rain began which then turned into a strong sleet and wet snow squall. The fact that the strongest racers started in the second starting group and later meant that there was going to be a lot of surprises on the results sheet. The disadvantage today was far more pronounced even than with the women's race the day before. Almost exclusively starters from the first group made up the top 10 on the results sheet. This is an outdoor sport where anything can happen. However, this happened at precisely the time where it affected the results the most. Had today been a mass start race, like the Nordic Combined skiers had, it would have yielded a more predictable top 10.
In general, finer structures on the ski bases are going best compared to what would work in Europe with such moisture in the air and in the snow. Additionally, here in Callaghan, an additive has been added to the snow to harden the track which worked well. Skiing on untreated sections of the track will often yield sinking up to 20 cm deep in the slush.
The upcoming classic races for the cross country skiers will be exciting. Here one has to test, test, and test again to understand the prevailing conditions as well as possible and to be able to predict what wax will work when the weather changes next as it almost certainly will. Even without falling snow, the possibility of skiing on Zero Skis (No Wax) is high. Such are the conditions here in the Callaghan Valley.
So we can be curious to see what will happen next.
Until tomorrow from Whistler
Nordic Combined skiers going to the start
Edited by Alpinord - 2/16/10 at 8:09am