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Mount Hood Camp Wax

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Thread Starter 
My racer will be going to Mount Hood for camp mid-late June.  Wondering what what wax to send along.  Is the snow on the Palmer Snow field really much different?  Will regular training wax, CH 7 & 8 be OK?
post #2 of 7
its the same till about noon...
post #3 of 7
yes, your go to waxes are ok for hood. there are some other good choices or tricks to help your skis stay in shape while you are there.

holmenkol made a specific wax for summer skiing called "summer blend" it is slightly harder then betamix and has some graphite mixed in to keep the dirt from attaching itself to the wax. we have a life time supply of this stuff available for sale.

swix has a glacier wax called GW66. it is a hydrocarbon wax that is harder than ch7 and softer than ch6. the main benefit of this wax is that the hardness will help to protect the bases from the salt and the sharp ice grapple up on the glacier.

the other trick to protect the base right next to the edge on glacier snow and salt is to add some cold powder additive from holmenkol, or swix ch3 cold powder. get your wax of the day warmed up into the ski. when it is liqufied, take the cold powder and sprinkle a good dose along each side of the edge in the heavy wear zone. then continue waxing until the powder has been absorbed by the melted wax. let cool and scrape.

the things that make a difference on the glacier is protecting the ski from abrasion and wear from very hard sharp grappel crystals and the salt. so wax hardness is the biggest factor. the secondary issue is the dirt and dust that attaches itself to the glacier snow pack. graphite is a good tool to repel the dirt and gunk from sticking to the wax.

jim
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks Starthaus!  Great info!  Much appreciated!
post #5 of 7
A bit of clarification, the ice crystals that form from metamorphosis of surface snow on snowfields are not graupel. They go through a series of metamorphi to form rounds, squares or corn. All are harder, but wetter than graupel which is a form of soft hail that falls from unstable convective cells.

My choice is Dominator RaceZoom "old snow" with additional graphite waxed in.
post #6 of 7

I would recommend asking the guys who skis there. I know Bruce from Ski Chalet (Portland) is going up there on the summer days, he might give you some advice. 

post #7 of 7

What about Whistler in July?  Would Starthaus's advice work at Whistler?  I was thinking about using Swix GW66 (Reliable Racing has it on sale right now) over a layer of molyflo base condition (Swix MB77)?

 

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Originally Posted by starthaus View Post

yes, your go to waxes are ok for hood. there are some other good choices or tricks to help your skis stay in shape while you are there.

holmenkol made a specific wax for summer skiing called "summer blend" it is slightly harder then betamix and has some graphite mixed in to keep the dirt from attaching itself to the wax. we have a life time supply of this stuff available for sale.

swix has a glacier wax called GW66. it is a hydrocarbon wax that is harder than ch7 and softer than ch6. the main benefit of this wax is that the hardness will help to protect the bases from the salt and the sharp ice grapple up on the glacier.

the other trick to protect the base right next to the edge on glacier snow and salt is to add some cold powder additive from holmenkol, or swix ch3 cold powder. get your wax of the day warmed up into the ski. when it is liqufied, take the cold powder and sprinkle a good dose along each side of the edge in the heavy wear zone. then continue waxing until the powder has been absorbed by the melted wax. let cool and scrape.

the things that make a difference on the glacier is protecting the ski from abrasion and wear from very hard sharp grappel crystals and the salt. so wax hardness is the biggest factor. the secondary issue is the dirt and dust that attaches itself to the glacier snow pack. graphite is a good tool to repel the dirt and gunk from sticking to the wax.

jim
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