2018 American Birkebeiner | Pre-Birkie Ski Prep
Ski preparation is an important first step to having fast skis on race day. By following the steps below, anyone can get their skis in great condition to have a fast and enjoyable race for the upcoming Birkie. Stay updated for additional ski preparation recommendations and preliminary wax recommendations.
Base Preparation Steps
1.Brush out skis with a Steel Brush.
The T179 Swix Steel Brush is an ideal brush to use for opening the pores of the ski base, increasing wax absorption.
2.Clean the ski bases with Glide Cleaner.
The I84C Swix Fluoro Glide Wax Cleaner removes excess Fluorocarbons & dirt from the ski bases, as well as, other foreign substances that are picked up by the base when skiing.
Steps: 1. Moisten a piece of Swix Fiberlene with Glide Wax Cleaner. 2. Rub the Fiberlene from tip to tail until the base is covered. 3. Scrub the base from tip to tail with a T161 White Nylon brush. 4. Let the ski base dry for 5 minutes. 5. Brush the ski from tip to tail with a Steel brush.
3. Condition the ski base with CH6X Swix Blue.
Apply CH6X to the base with the iron set at 145C. Let the skis cool for 3-5 minutes, then run the iron down the ski again from tip to tail. Repeat this process 2-3 more times adding more CH6X as needed. Let the skis cool a final time for 5 minutes, then scrape and brush using a Steel or Bronze Brush. Now the skis are conditioned and ready for a final race wax!
PRODUCTS NEEDED FOR BIRKIE SKI PREPARATION
I84 FLUORO GLIDE WAX CLEANER
T161 WHITE NYLON BRUSH