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A Basic Guide to Cross Country Ski Waxing

Ski wax is an integral part of modern cross country skiing. Wax improves the performance of skis and maintains the health of ski bases. There are hundreds of wax options to maximize performance in different snow types and temperatures. For the beginner, starting a collection of waxes can seem like a confusing and expensive process.

Here is a very basic guide to help you find the most affordable, effective, and easy to use waxes. 

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Meet Lindsey DiGiovanni

Jul 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Lindsey DiGiovanni

Hometown: Sturbridge, MA

Years of Experience: 11 years of experience as a bike shop mechanic, Assistant Service Manager at Skirack.

Certifications and Awards: Barnett Bicycle Institute, Specialized Bicycle Components University Tech Masters Course, Trek Certified Service Expert Technician, Shimano Tech & Di2 Certification.

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Mountain biking, and anything that is bike related. Hiking, spending time outdoors and cooking.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Service Bicycling By Lindsey DiGiovanni

Join Skirack's Group Rides at NEMBAFest

Join Skirack for one or more group rides at NEMBAFest 2018. Held from June 22nd to the 24th, NEMBAFest is a celebration of all things summer and mountain biking! 

Experience over 100 miles of unique trails and terrain that makes Kingdom Trails. Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of riding, camping, demo-ing the latest mountain bikes, gadgets and gear, great music, and local food & drink in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom!

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Meet Thomas Wood

Jun 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Thomas Wood

Hometown: Berwyn, PA

Years of Experience: This is my second year as a technician.

Certifications and Awards: Binding mounting and testing for Rossignol, Look, Marker, Salomon, and Atomic. S-Tec certified for Shimano products. Cert. 1 in snowboard instruction through AASI.

Favorite Gear: While I have experimented with cross country and alpine skiing, I am a snowboarder and cyclist. I prefer mountain biking, but still enjoy a casual bike ride.

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Waxing 101: A Guide to Simple and Affordable Cross Country Ski Performance and Maintenance

Since the beginning of cross country skiing, there have been waxes. Wax improves the performance of skis and maintains the health of ski bases. Now, there are hundreds of wax options to maximize performance in different snow types and temperatures. For the beginner, however, starting a collection of waxes can seem like a confusing and expensive process.

With the recent snow fall and spring conditions, here is a very basic guide to help you find the most affordable, effective, and easy to use waxes. 

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Meet Nicholas Witherbee

Feb 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Nicholas Witherbee

Hometown:Concord, MA

Years of Experience: I've been working in bike shops for the past 3 1/2 years. I specialize in bicycle maintenance in particular.

Certifications and Awards: Shimano S-Tec

Outside Interests and Hobbies: When I'm not out peddling my bike or strapped into my snowboard, I enjoy hiking the green mountains and Adirondacks, pottery, photography, good food, and even better Vermont beer.

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Meet Jon Arena

Jan 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Jon Arena

Hometown:Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Years of Experience: 8 years working with skis and bikes

Certifications and Awards: United Bicycle Institute - Professional Repair and Shop Operations Certified; Marker Binding Certification; Salomon/Atomic Binding Certification; Tyrolia/Head Binding Certification; Look/Rossignol Binding Certification; S-TEC Certifications

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, camping, and hanging out with Quinn(my dog).

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Skirack Hosts the Nordic Toko Wax Clinic on Wednesday, January 24Toko Nordic Race Wax Clinic
Waxing for the Craftsbury Marathon

hosted by Skirack, 85 Main St Burlington, VT
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 | 6-7 pm

Skirack welcomes Adam Terko, Mansfield Nordic Club 
Head Coach and Dave Boucher from Toko, for an evening of high performance race wax
tips and techniques.
Perfect for coaches and local racing clubs.

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Meet David "Happy" Weston

Jan 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet David "Happy" Weston

Hometown:Montreal, Canada

Years of Experience: I have been at Skirack for 20+ years and many more at various shops in Massachusetts, Montreal, and Vancouver as a binding tech and bike mechanic.

Certifications and Awards: Certified by every alpine binding manufacturer

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Cross country skiing, road cycling, video gaming, hiking, canoe/kayaking, boat building

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Cross Country Skiing Service By David "Happy" Weston

Wintersteiger Race NC Grinder Capabilities

In this video, Skirack's cross country ski expert Jake Hollenbach further explains the grind capabilities on the Wintersteiger Race NC Grinder.

Jake also explains how the grinds are organized, which is by the Swix wax temperature ranges they are designed for.

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