Sun Valley SuperTour Field Reports – What the teams employed in their personal words:
For the CL sprint day I ready a qualifier and round ski for every athlete. Temperatures were forecasted to get comparatively cold and clear overnight and I figured we would at least be hunting at some company tracks in the morning and some kind of binder and hard wax for the qualifier just before situations soften and turned into unconsolidated sugar. A single big challenge for an all traditional weekend was to have a few various ski alternatives to deal with shifting circumstances, specifically as the western sun came out on saturday and forecasted snow moved in on sunday. Reduced base snowpack, coupled with lots of shoveling and a lack of moisture meant that the crystals didn’t have sufficient framework to kind a solid track surface on the steeper climbs and we were going to see sugar out there at some level. Skiers required a ski with enough camber to manage a warm dry wax, but with a soft ample finish to hold wax down on soft snowpack. For the qualifier I went ahead and utilized LF blue, then HF blue. I didn’t go ahead and powder as I was planning on top coating skis for the duration of round and liked the pace of blocks above straight HF blue. In the morning I went ahead with JetStream Blue two. block straight up as I liked the top end far more than Helix spray in the tracks. I also went ahead and applied hard wax binder lower with a softer hard wax ironed in to the kick zone. Toko green difficult wax binder excels in extremely abrasive situations as it helps hold wax from stripping but when put on the night just before can really be as well company and inelastic to take care of a soft dry wax in loose sugary conditions. For the qualifier I went ahead and utilized a warmer violet tough wax shelled with a blue tough wax for pace. I dialed in thickness and layering on athlete skis with the warmer wax bringing the kick up to a thickness they felt comfy with, then shelled with a colder wax for a bit more velocity and “freeness”.
Round skis I worked up with a warmer paraffin and jumped to Jetstream red block and spray for a topcoat. By the time of the afternoon rounds, the sun had gotten large ample for some solar effect and slight glazing in areas. I stripped off the binder and abandoned shelling the kick wax as temperatures were also warm to freeze the kicking wax in a short time table. I also applied light linear hand construction to the tail of the ski to deal with any moisture or glazing in the track on the downhill finish and try out to wring out a bit far more leading end speed from skis.
All round I was reasonably pleased with our skis though with constrained testing assets and time throughout the rounds selecting and dialing in race kick wax typically involved some judgment calls specifically on several new and unfamiliar race skis. Choosing the proper ski for sugary problems and dialing in thickness and and application undoubtedly had the greatest effect on kick protection and pace, rather than choosing the dry wax was working best about race time.
For the distance race I figured we would be seeking at problems closer to the rounds of the CL sprint than the qualifier. I worked the very same round skis up once more with HF Red and burnt powder for some extra durability for the longer distance. I also went ahead and utilized tough wax binder once more cut with a soft dry wax for some durability and elasticity. With the warmer temperatures overnight I began athletes kick testing on a wax comparable to their round ski from the day ahead of. Although the snow had re-crystalized relatively overnight, overall it was acting quite warm and we speedily shot past the blue assortment into a more powerful warm dry wax. Glide again was Jetstream red block with Helix spray. I left the exact same linear construction in the tails of the ski from the preceding afternoon for the site visitors of the mass commence. As situations broke down additional for the guys race, I bumped them up into a stronger, stickier dry wax, making an attempt really carefully not to in excess of wax the pocket and slow the ski down significantly. A final minute snow squall minutes before the guys begin had me rushing to cover with a colder wax and liquid floro the front and back of the zones to aid minimize any threat of icing. In the long run the snow held off and this possibly want needed and robbed some kick safety but was really worth the danger with the snow forecasted to commence appropriate as the gun went off for the guys race.
– Pat O’Brien, Head Coach SMST2 Group
Traditional Sprint Super Tour December 5, 2015.
Situations: Tough track with cold temperatures in the early morning ~7 degrees Fahrenheit warming to mid 20s throughout the middle of the day. Mid- reduced humidity and tracks set really nicely in spite of the warm temps the proceeding days ahead of.
Waxes Employed: HF Black paraffin base. Toko HF Red. Topcoat: Toko Red 2. JetStream Block for the qualifier. Toko HB 004 Block for the heats.
Traditional Mass Begin ten/15k December 6, 2015
Situations: Loose granular track with temperatures in the low 20s overnight. As the day progressed it looked like it was going to snow, but it never ever amounted to any accumulation. Highs all around Males’s race time have been 29-thirty degrees F. Humidity was approximately fifty five-60%. Track deteriorated soon after the Women’s Mass Begin competitors.
Waxes Employed: HF Black paraffin base. Toko HF Red/Blue mix. Toko HB 004 Powder. Toko Red two. JetStream Block.
Each days one more brand’s kick wax have been utilised
-Colin Rodgers, Head Coach Sun Valley Gold Elite Team
Saturday Traditional Sprint:
Heading into the races final weekend at Sun Valley problems were traditional dry western snow. Nonetheless, there were a number of variables that pushed us away from a colder glide choices and in the long run to the paraffin layer, Toko HF Red, which we utilized. Largely, warmer temperatures on the day ahead of the race combined with hefty skier visitors on a modest loop induced the tracks to ski much warmer than the surrounding snow. For a best coats we liked the temperature assortment the 2. Jetstream Red gave us. We went with a powder layer, ironed in the evening ahead of. On race morning we speedily realized that liquids had been running better than blocks, even in the cold temps and opted for a two. Helix Red as our race finish.
Sunday Traditional Distance:
For Sunday’s race we stayed with our paraffin base layer of Toko HF Red. This was in component due to wide variety of Toko Red and a decent opportunity for a mid-race 30°F snow storm. The top coat was again Toko Jetstream 2. Red Powder. We went with a two. Red Block layer for the freer really feel and breaking speed more than the tops of hills. Given that the program was a quick and hilly loop most teams opted for a lot more kick. Although some teams used a base layer of klister with a colder challenging wax cover, we have been able to discover a difficult wax mixture powerful sufficient to get us up the hills.
For kick on the weekend, we identified that we were in a position to wax pretty warm while not sacrificing glide. We felt that getting reliable kick was critical as the courses have been all hefty striding. A kicker of Toko Yellow sandwiched in Toko Red was a good alternative, specially with the substantial humidity on Sunday
– Spencer Eusden, Sugarbowl Elite Team
Toko Glove All Star: Rosie Brennan
Hot off a third area in a Globe Cup Relay and just out of the points individually, we believed it would a good time for your all to get to know Rosie a bit much better.
one. Who was your skiing position model when you have been developing up and why?
Beckie Scott. She paved her personal path and created it operate with what she had, proving we also can achieve great things.
2. What skier inspires you presently and why?
Marit Bjoergen. She can win any occasion and I have really never ever heard a negative word about her. She promotes sportsmanship and teamwork in the best of methods.
three. Preferred race program and why?
Donner Pass/Auburn Ski Club. I have always loved racing in Truckee, anything about the scenery and the thin air…
four. Favorite work out and why?
L4 Bounding. Nothing humbles you very like bounding, but also helps make you truly feel like you are obtaining a lot more fit by the 2nd.
5. Favourite spot to train and why?
Park City- sunshine, altitude, and miles of single track
6. Preferred film line and why?
Something from Imply Ladies
seven. Favourite Toko glove model (and/or shade) and why?
Thermo Plus- stays on your hands and performs for just about each issue
West Yellowstone Supertour Area Reviews – what the teams employed in their personal phrases:
Skate Super Tour November 27-28, 2015.
Conditions: Challenging packed corduroy with sub zero Fahrenheit temperatures. Lows both nights exceeded -15 degrees F with lower humidity. Sprint loop grew to become a minor sugary on the surface with several skiers on course, but maintained its company base. Distance loop stayed hard packed on Sunday during the complete day. Temperature in the course of the races was warming by way of the teenagers.
Toko Wax Employed: Each days- Paraffin Toko HF Blue with X-Cold Powder. Topcoat: Outdated Toko Moly Block.
Several topcoats were examined both days and the Previous Toko Moly block won. We have been fortunate to have a block left in our box from years ago. I don’t believe it is manufactured any longer.
Colin Rodgers, Head Coach Sun Valley Gold Elite Team
Can’t say it adequate but that the new Helix two. sprays rock! Effortless to apply, usually a protected option and actually was impressed with the slipperiness of the blue spray in extreme cold and the prime finish speed on the red spray in people intermediate temperatures!
West Yellowstone Friday Sprint:
In buy to conserve time on race morning I ran a fair amount of paraffin and powder exams a couple of two days in a row prior to sprint day. I did not like the way powder was producing the skis run compared to blocks and sprays so I devoted far more check time to distinct paraffin and topcoat build ups as durability actually won’t a concern. I attempted a couple of combos ranging from really attempting to harden the base of the ski (repeated coats of cold wax) to trying to keep the paraffin far more neutral with a shell hardener in excess of the HF layer. I actually liked the later on selection, specially in somewhat warmer temperatures than the single digits we were seeing ahead of sunrise so I basically set up athletes with a colder trending option for the morning and a somewhat warmer heat ski alternative for when there was some solar result throughout rounds.
Testing topcoats on race morning I sent most every person in the group out on Jetstream two. Blue block with Helix two. Blue spray. The sprint program was surprisingly variable, specifically in the afternoon since of sturdy warming from the sun. I felt that the Blue Helix did a wonderful occupation freeing the ski, specifically so when climbing back into the stadium above the blue block alone. Working a fast structure test in the AM, I left cold skis as is, and did not hand construction the heat skis except if they had been on a cold ski again for the rounds. In the course of the heat of the day, Matt Boobar and I actually switched to Helix two. red more than Jet blue block for a period as it was working better in the sun and site visitors and gave better finishing velocity for the lanes. By the junior rounds, we had switched back to blue spray as the sun was going down and the temps with it.
West Yellowstone Saturday Distance:
I quite considerably ran the exact same beneath layers for the distance race the following day, setting up early man starters with a quite cold paraffin alternative on a “green” ski and a somewhat warmer paraffin selection with less hardening powder for a “blue” ski . For the warmer skis, and the girls who began mid day I also ended up burning powder for some additional durability. As the snow had seen far more skiing and grooming because testing a handful of days before, I felt it was acquiring to be more competitive and less of a liability. A quick check of some different powders race morning confirmed this even early in the morning right after temps had dipped down in the direction of -20+ for a number of hrs.
Testing topcoats race morning, I again chose to go with blue Jetstream two. block and helix spray in the morning for the slipperiness when climbing and at a doing work velocity. I discovered some other topcoats that had been running far better on downhills at higher velocity, but felt that with the cold, slow snow it was most essential to free of charge up the ski during the perform sections of the program. Man starters got a light broken hand construction with ultra fine linear over the tails. Women got slightly far more hand framework as sun and traffic started to to move sections of the course away from the genuinely really cold aggressive snow we noticed early in the morning. By the time of the ladies race I felt the snow had warmed enough in spots that jet blue would have been a bit cold in the sun, and red a bit warm in the shade. As an intermediate phase just before going straight red, I need to have mixed the two blocks and experimented with mixing the helix sprays but without sufficient testing I wasn’t prepared to chance utilizing the race and athletes as the test! One thing to perform about with for the duration of quickly warming trends that frequently arise with
Western sun just before the Sun Valley races right here!
Patrick O’Brien, Head Coach SMS T2 Crew