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 Dec 2, 2010: Volume 11, Number 30

Kuzzy and Gregg Give Back 

 Kuzzy Kids Group shot


The Yellowstone Ski Festival means many things to many people. The five-day cross-country ski festival can be a time to brush off the storage wax and ski for the first time each season. It can be a chance for professional racers to earn valuable points towards the World Cup. It can be an opportunity to demo new gear before the holiday season. It can be a new Thanksgiving tradition for you and yours. The Yellowstone Ski Festival is all of this and more.

The essence of the Yellowstone Ski Festival was visible on the trails this past Saturday. On the last day of the official festival, most competitive skiers had just completed three days of intense races. By late afternoon, many teams were hurrying out of town before the next storm. However, two professional athletes and incredible young men donated their time and energy to the first ever Kuzzy Kids Clinic in West Yellowstone sponsored by the SISU skiers of St. Paul, MN.

Garrott Kuzzy and Brian Gregg are professional cross-country ski racers. Kuzzy was a member of the 2010 US Olympic Team and both are part of the elite CXC racing team. They led 30 kids from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, Wyoming, Great Britain, and Utah through 90 minutes of pure fun on skis. Kuzzy and Gregg divided the 6 to 12 years olds and taught them to warm up, run drills, ski backwards, and how to pose on the podium.

At the end of the clinic there were beaming faces, laughter, and a group shot. Kuzzy and Gregg addressed the young skiers on bended knee. They explained that no U.S cross-country skier has ever earned an Olympic gold medal. Kuzzy leaned in and said, "You know, I think one of you just might be the first." Kids roared and their parents choked back tears. In that moment, the true meaning of the Yellowstone Ski Festival was evident to all. Olympians and rank beginners can share the same snow and leave with a lifetime of inspiration.

Wax Clinics


12/01 , Onion River Sports, Montpelier, VT 5-7 pmSwix Team Night
12/02 , Carter's Nordic Center, Oxford, ME 6-8 pmSwix Wax Clinic

12/03 OUT There in Rice Lake Wi Fish boil at 5;00 pm, Swix Clinic at 6;00pm 

12/04-12/05 LL Bean Nordic Festival Swix Wax Clinics all day Freeport, ME 

12/4 4Pm to 6 PM Cross Country Ski Headquarters Toko Wax Clinic

12/08  Berkshire Outfitters, Lenox, MA 6-8 pm Swix wax clinic

12/09  Onion River Sports, Montpelier, VT. 6-7:30 pm Swix wax clinic

12/09 Bicycle Doctor in Dousman WI 6:00 pm Beer and Swix wax with the doc

12/11 1pm-8pm Cross Country Ski Headquarters Swix Wax Clinic
12/11-12/12 White Pine Demo Days Park City Utah Swix Clinics

12/09 NENSA Von Trapp Stow VT Swix pole demo am,  wax clinic 4 pm.


Midwest Mountaineering Events

12/4 11am, 12/14 7pm, 1/8 10:30am, 1/26 7pm

Midwest Mountaineering. Minneapolis, MN

Learn what you need to know about waxing skis at Midwest Mountaineering.


2436 Larpenteur Ave W.
Lauderdale, MN 55113


Excitement Development Team (CXC Team Vertical Limit): Igor Badamshin, Justin Easter, Yuriy Gusev


10:00AM to 5:00PM - 3D Ski Flex Mat Testing (Yuriy, Justin)
10:00AM to 5:00PM - SkiErg
4:00PM to 5:00PM - Glide and Kick Waxing Seminar  (Yuriy, Justin)


8:30AM to 10:00 AM - "Taste of Nordic" Free Dryland and Rollerski
Technique Clinic (Justin)
8:30AM to 10:00AM - USSA Level 100 Coaches Certification Technique Clinic (Yuriy)
10:00AM to 4:00PM - SkiErg
10:00AM to 4:00PM - 3D Ski Flex Mat Testing (Yuriy, Justin, Igor)


12:00PM to 4:00PM - 3D Ski Flex Mat Testing (Igor)

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Weekend Racing Wax Recs


12/03 Peter Westra Memorial Sprints Dresser, WI - Trollhaugen


12/04 Bobcat Christmas Pole Bohart Ranch, Bozeman, MT

12/04 GOLD RUN NRL Breckenridge, CO 


12/05 Gold Run NRL Breckenridge, CO


12/05/2010 KIRKWOOD 10K Kirkwood XC


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Swix's Simple Secrets to Success Starts in West Yellowstone

Chris Hall, director of US Racing Services for Swix states, "Waxing for the West Yellowstone USSA SuperTour events was straightforward but not West Yellowstone normal. As we do for each race we tested a matrix of CH, LF, and HF base gliders based on temp and humidity. Once we had chosen the base wax we re-waxed and zeroed the test skis with the chosen base and tested if Cera-F over-layers increased the speed.  A final test determined structure. For the first two races we could not conduct speed trap tests or run outs because the snow was too deep and tracks inconsistent so we conducted double blind feel tests on matched and zeros test skis. For the final event we were able to conduct run out and blind feel tests for glide as well as testing kick wax on Saturday's Classic race."


Testing each day proved, what coaches using just the Swix wax charts suggested, that CH4 or LF4 should be the base wax for most. FC78 SuperCera was the call as a final layer on 2 out of the 3 days. This was surprising to some as we were in "cold and dry West Yellowstone where Cera-F does not run well". But this visit to West did not produce clear bluebird skies, but rather low hanging high-humidity clouds. A hand pressed .3mm broken-V structure improved most cold skis glide, further enforcing the argument that moisture management was important even though we were in West. Detailed Glide and Kick recommendations can be seen at


What were the Secrets to Success in West? - Keeping it simple by looking at Snow Crystal Structure, Temp and Humidity and not trying to win the race in the wax room with some a complex mixture of waxes.


APU's Eric Flora states "Since its inception over a decade ago we have developed and implemented a stringent wax testing and wax application procedure that allows us to deliver consistently fast skis. The key is to keep it simple. At APU we focus on one line of wax. This process produces very good to great skis each race day and provides the athletes the confidence they need to produce the quality results they have trained for. Using the complete Swix line allows us to understand exactly where temperature and humidity fit into the complete Swix waxing matrix and gives me the confidence that I will deliver top skis to my athletes."  APU has 4 women in top 6 and 5 men in the top 10 of USSA SuperTour with a waxing process that relies on simplicity of the comprehensive Swix waxing matrix.

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USSA SuperTour Points Standings after first 4 races

1 Holly Brooks-APU / Lars Flora-APU 
2 K.Strandberg  XC Oregon / D.Goldsack Can Nat'l 

3 Kate Fitzgerald-APU / Garrott Kuzzy-CXC

4 Sadie Bjornsen-APU / Michael Sinnott -SVSEF

5 Eliska Hajkova-CU / Brian Gregg-CXC

6 Morgan Smyth-APU / Leif Zimmerman  BSF

7 Maria Graefnings Utah / Bart Dengel-APU

8 Chelsea Holmes-Sugar Bowl / Mark Iverson-APU

9  Maria Stuber-CXC / Brenton Knight-APU

10 Jessie Diggins-CXC / James Southam-APU  


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Fischer skis with Eco Friendly and Lightweight Basalt Core


Fischer Skis announced today it has launched the first Nordic skis with a natural basalt core for remarkable effects on ski weight and performance.  Available on four ski models, Fischer's new Air Core Basalight technology significantly reduces weight to deliver a superior cross country skiing experience.Furthermore, replacing conventional fiberglass with volcanic basalt fibers supports the environment.

 By replacing fiberglass with basalt, Fischer brings the weight of the skis close to the more expensive carbon fiber skis. The CRS Skating Vasa is now 70 grams lighter than its fiberglass-core predecessor. Fischer's move to replace a manufactured laminate with the natural fibers made from volcanic rock underscores the company's commitment to the environment. Using basalt eliminates the chemical-intense process involved in creating fiberglass as well as its harmful byproducts. Fischer is the first and only ski producer in the world to rely on 100 percent renewable energy and employs advanced environmental protection procedures company-wide. More information on Fischer's ecological approach is available at 

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Salomon Complete Athletes Victorious Worldwide


Perfect Anna Carin Zidek Wins on Salomon

in Season Opening Biathlon WorldCup


Anna Carin Zidek gave the Swedish crowd and Salomon fans something to cheer about a cold evening by capturing the Women's 15K Individual competition in 45:26.1 at the E.ON IBU World Cup biathlon here in ึstersund. The 2006 Olympic Gold medallist overcame the icy minus 12 temperatures, shooting clean to take the victory in the first competition of the new season.

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Jason Lamy Chappuis Wins on Salomon
Season Opening Nordic Combined Worldcup

Jason Lamy Chappuis,2010 Nordic Combined Olympic Champion starts winter exactly like he finished last season, with a World Cup victory ! He won at Kuusamo last weekend  in the 1st WorldCup of the season.  In 1st position after the jumping contest, he managed the cross-country race with a very good tactic and such a good glide! In the 2nd race, Jason took the 3rd place and keep the yellow bib of the overall World Cup winner. 

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Holly Brooks and Tad Elliot Win on Salomon
In Season Opening USSA SuperTours


2010 Olympian Holly Brooks (APU) started the 2011 season with 2 victories and 2 second places on her way to leading the USSA SuperTour after 4 events.


Tad Elliot (CXC) the 2010 Nationals 50KM champion reminded everyone that he is one of America's best freestyle skiers with a solid victory in the 15km freestyle race.For more in story:                         Swix Images

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Nordic Combined returns to Steamboat

Dec 4, 5

For the FIS Continental Cup

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High-tech approaches in waxing are becoming increasingly important in cross country races, helping the whole competition to become more professional. 100ths of a second now can decide who wins and who loses in the sprint races. Waxing has become a very complex process which involves a lot of time, manpower and money. Throughout the wax testing, various parameters such as: snow and air temperature, humidity, wind and sunshine will make a difference.

Today, performing a good wax testing job requires a quiver of perfectly matched 6-8 pairs of skis, an expensive speed trap system, good amount of different wax brands and again a lot of time. That is the reason CXC Team Vertical Limit has been working on this product to have an efficient, accurate and inexpensive way to get the fastest skis for athletes to win. This is how we test waxes from now on!
1. It takes 20-30 min to apply and test 8 different waxes with Nordic Torpedo and it takes 1-1.5 hour to test wax with 8 pairs of skis
2. It takes 12 times less wax to apply on 1 side of Nordic Torpedo than on 1 pair of skis
3. Nordic Torpedo is as accurate as testing a quiver of testing skis for all waxes including pure fluoro and liquids
4. Nordic Torpedo reliability has been proven through testing at National Elite Level competitions since November 2009

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