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Oct 13, 2011: Volume 12, Number 27


  Front or Rear Rachet?


Dear SkiPost, I've heard and read a lot of positive comments and reviews about Marwe classic roller skis because they have the ratcheting wheel on the front. So, if having the ratcheting wheel on the front is "the way to go" as many people believe, why do the other companies have the ratcheting wheel on the rear? DS    


Dear DS,

I've skied on pairs of classic rollerskis with the rachets on the front, and with rachets on the back. And, once, for the sake of knowledge, on a pair of skis with one rachet on the front and one in the back. If you are skiing with decent technique, my belief is that it doesn't matter either way. If you are late kicking, you generally are keeping both of your wheels on the ground too long, so it doesn't matter that way either. (I don't think it's even possible to apply enough pressure to make this effective, but I could argue that, with the front wheel being the last part of the ski to contact the ground, you could actually late kick longer with the front's rachet.) The most compelling argument I could come up with for the front rachets is that those wheels are slightly heavier than the unracheted ones, so they help keep the front wheels down and tracking straight. 


So both front and rear ratchets have their positive attributes. So as you say, the Jury appears to still be out. 


Jason Cork

CXC Team-Coach





 How should I prep my new skis?


A ski's very first wax jobs are the most import wax jobs to be done on a new ski.  This is because a new ski's base is dry and at this point the most susceptible to damage from overheating.  You need to fill the base with a soft wax that melts at a low temperature and can fill the base. This base wax will then easily bond other harder waxes that are applied later while absorbing the more extreme heat from higher melting point waxes that are added later. SkiPost works with Start so we will make recommendation based on the Start wax.


1) Wipe the bases with evaporating wax remover moistened fiber tex, to remove surface dirt.


2) Melt Start BW Base Wax on the base.


3) Let base absorb the wax with a mild 110 C temperature moving the iron from tip to tail on base.


4) While still warm gently scrape all removable wax warm with sharp acrylic scraper to remove surface dirt.  


5) Repeat procedure with Start BW 2-3 times, but now let the wax cool down before scraping.


6) Dedicated waxers/racers should follow with Start BWG-Graphite to activate the properties of the graphite bases 1-2 times.


Follow with Glide waxing, but if is cold out do not move new skis straight to Green but step down with progressively harder waxes first.


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Tour-de Twin Cities

Jan 21-29, 2012


The SISU Foundation (SISU),  in  partnership with the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation (COLNSF), today announced a new urban ski event: the Tour de Twin Cities (TdTC).  Starting Jan. 21, 2012 and running for nine days, the Twin Cities will be host to the United States' top elite racers, in addition to regional college athletes, aspiring Midwestern juniors hoping to qualify for Junior National races, local citizen racers and developing youth skiers.  The event also will provide opportunities for beginners and novice ski enthusiasts who prefer a slower pace and simply want to get outside and enjoying the sport of cross country skiing.



The TdTC begins Jan 21st at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis for two days of individual start racing.  A mid week, night sprint race on Wednesday January 25th also will be hosted at Wirth Park. The TdTC will then move east to Battle Creek Park in St. Paul where racing will continue with a mass start classic race on Saturday Jan 28th.  The week's events will culminate with a pursuit start freestyle event on January 29th to crown the winners of the various events.   Racers will be vying for more than $16,000 in prizes.  Community tours and family events will be spread throughout the week. 







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New Web Site For Fischer



Fischer Skis U.S. today announced it has unveiled an all-new Web site at to provide ski enthusiasts with improved navigation, expanded product information, new videos, an updated dealer locator and more. The significant addition of resources and improved overall usability make the new Fischer Skis Web site a one-stop resource for anyone looking for information - and inspiration - related to Alpine and Nordic skiing.


The Fischer Web site features a fresh new design with crisp graphics and intuitive navigation for superior usability. Upon entering the site, visitors may select the Alpine or Nordic portals. From there they can explore every facet of Fischer's world-class products, technologies and athletes; learn about the company's rich history and commitment to environmentally-supportive practices; and find inspiration whether they prefer skiing on or off the slopes or tracks.


Fischer's online product information has been expanded to support savvy ski enthusiasts in researching all of the season's products and offerings in detail. The product finder tool helps skiers determine which equipment best suits their needs in just three steps. Technology sections highlight the industry's greatest innovations in either Alpine skiing, such as Fischer's new Vacuum Fit boot technology, or Nordic, such as the revolutionary introduction of Nordic Rocker Camber.




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NNF Fundraising Dinner


Olympians Andy Newell and Liz Stephen 

plus NNF Director Dave Knoop

in support of the

National Nordic Foundation

Oct 30, 2011 4 P.M.


Meet, listen to, and share a gourmet meal with

Andy, Liz and Dave as they share their life enriching lessons of the trail.

"For the Lessons of the Trail Are the Lessons of Life"

Dinner at

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55 Kaeding Road

Worcester, VT



Suggested Minimum Donation

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Dinner Limited to 30 Lucky Guests

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 Jessie Diggins 

Stillwater MN Fundraiser


Please consider joining Jessie's supporters by purchasing a $100 supporter badge, and enjoying a great dinner at Chilkoot Café and Cyclery on November 11th.  Jessie will be on hand to share the highlights of her 2011 season and her plans for 2012.  All proceeds from the event will go directly to support Jessie's travel and training expenses.  Call for more information or to reserve your spot by calling the Chilkoot Café at 651-342-0429. 



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Nov. 22 - 26


Everyone is invited to West Yellowstone, Montana Nov. 22-26 for the Yellowstone Ski Festival, a week-long celebration of cross-country skiing.  Each year thousands of skiers, from Olympic athletes to first timers, descend on this small mountain town to make their first tracks of the season over the Thanksgiving holiday on perfectly groomed corduroy. 


 Preseason discount trail passes available for Yellowstone Ski Festival


*Order by October 31, 2011 for the best rate 


Prepaid trail passes are now available for the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Passes are valid from November 1-30.


For coaches, clubs, and teams- 

Discounted passes for the month of November are available now. Regularly $50 each, these passes can be purchased by college, high school and club coaches for $40 each. Passes must be paid for by check and postmarked no later than October 31, 2011 to qualify for the special rate.

To qualify for this incentive, coaches must send the following:

1)   A complete list of athletes attending the Yellowstone Ski Festival

2)   The name of the hotel you will be staying in while in West Yellowstone

3)   Your arrival date

4)   Contact info including email and phone number

5)   One check for all your ski passes, postmarked no later than October 31, 2011 to:


The West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce 

ATTN: Yellowstone Ski Festival Coordinator 

PO Box 458 

West Yellowstone, MT 59758 

Trail passes will be delivered to the front desk of your hotel prior to your arrival. There will be one package of passes delivered and coaches are responsible for distributing the passes to their teams. Please let your team members know that they will have to get their pass directly from you.

Prepaid passes for the Rendezvous Ski Trails are non-refundable.


For individual skiers-

Discounted passes for the month of November are available now. Regularly $50 each, these passes can be purchased by skiers and families for $40 each. Passes must be paid for by check and postmarked no later than October 31, 2011 to qualify for this special rate.

To qualify for this incentive, skiers must send the following:

1)  A complete list of skiers in your group attending the Yellowstone Ski Festival

2)  One check for their ski passes postmarked no later than October 31, 2011 to: 


The West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce

ATTN: Yellowstone Ski Festival Coordinator

PO Box 458

West Yellowstone, MT 59758

Trail passes can be picked up upon your arrival at the Chamber of Commerce during normal business hours. Please mention you are there to pick up a prepaid ski pass for November and you will be asked to sign for your pass. 

Prepaid passes for the Rendezvous Ski Trails are non-refundable.


For more information on the Yellowstone Ski Festival,  please visit





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