Gear West Marathon Race Wax Service


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 ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED! on-site registration in Seeley will be open during the drop off times listed below as space allows.

Our Race Wax Service is the best way to get your skis prepped by professionals while you can focus on the other things that make you go fast on race day.

 For our American Birkebeiner service this year we have already done extensive testing of the new non-fluorinated race waxes from each company and will be using our experience to bring the best combination of waxes to your skis. Our service will include base layers and topcoat, along with hand structure if needed to supplement the structure already on the ski. For classic skis we will also prep the kick zone and apply a binder layer. We will be testing waxes and application methods each day to keep up with the changes in weather throughout the week and race skis will be prepared each evening before race day. We will also be testing hand structure throughout the week and using our experience with structure to determine what is needed for each individual pair of skis we prepare. Hand structure has become increasingly important for humid and wet conditions and we will be prioritizing this daily.

American Birkebeiner
Date Events Locations
Saturday - Feb 20th Online Registrations Closes @ 11:59pm
Sunday - Feb 21st Instore Drop Off Closes @ 4pm Gear West 
Tuesday - Feb 23rd Onsite Drop off from 2pm - 8pm  Seeley WI
Wednesday - Feb 24th Startline Pick up | Onsite Drop off 2pm - 8pm Cable WI & Seeley WI
Thursday - Feb 25th  Startline Pick up | Onsite Drop Off 2pm - 8pm Cable WI & Seeley WI
Friday - Feb 26th  Startline Pick up | Onsite Drop Off 2pm - 8pm Cable WI & Seeley WI
Saturday - Feb 27th  Startline Pick up Cable WI
Sunday - Feb 28th  Startline Pick up Cable WI


*Ski drop off will be at the Gear West Mobile Race Service Vehicle, next to the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley WI.  

*Race morning ski pick up for all Birkie & Kortie races will be at START LINE AREA in Cable WI. 


Training for a Cross Country Ski Marathon is hard enough.  Save time and reduce stress by having your skis precision glide waxed by the best in the business! Race wax service is available for the 2021 American Birkebeiner/Kortelopet. 


The service is available for both classical and skate skis. It is important to note, however, that for classical skis only a kick base binder wax will be applied to the kick pocket. We will provide recommendations for kick and an area to apply wax at ski pickup, but due to the wide variance in the amount of kick preferred, WE DO NOT APPLY KICK WAX for you.


Skis must be scraped and brushed; thus, ready for race wax application.  ALSO, the kick zones must be cleaned, sanded, and marked.


We highly recommended that if you are not dropping off your skis at Gear West the week before the Birkie, that you ship your skis to Gear West ahead of time. See shipping address below.  


If you drop your skis off in Seeley Wi you will be charged $110 for skating & $120 for classic. Again, we recommend shipping your skis ahead of time to Gear West.


We highly recommend that you pre-register online before the listed deadline. We are allowing on-site registration in Seeley during posted drop off times. If we experience a large influx of on-site registrations, we may close registration at any time due to high volume.


If you have any questions, please call us at 877-473-4327 or email



Ship your skis ahead of time to this address: 
Gear West Cross Country Ski & Run
Attn: Birkie Wax Service
1786 W Wayzata Blvd, Suite B, Long Lake, MN 55356




You spent the last 364 days preparing and anticipating.
We spent the last 364 days waxing.

Let us wax your skis so you can have
your most enjoyable Marathon Season ever!

If you have any questions, please email


Gear West ships purchases using UPS, FedEx, and USPS. We make every effort to get your order out as quickly as possible. Some products including skis may take longer to process depending on the shop services required.

  U.S. Shipping Options

UPS Ground (3-7 day delivery)
$10.00 Flat Rate!
Excludes All Oversize Items* and shipping to Hawaii, Alaska or Canada

*Oversize packages incur and additional charge (see below for more info on oversize packages).

Hawaii and Alaska Residents
Use USPS Priority Shipping which may include an additional charge.

USPS Priority Post (3-5 day delivery)
Flat Rate = $10.00

Expedited (3 day delivery excludes weekends and holidays)
Flat Rate = $25.00

2nd Day ( 2 Business Days excludes weekend and holidays)
Flat Rate = $50

Overnight (next day air delivery excludes weekends & holidays)
Flat Rate = $70.00

  Canadian Shipping Options

USPS Priority Mail (up to 10 business days. Certain items restricted*)

UPS Ground will be used for classic skis over 197 cm
Flat Rate = $35 (An additional Brokerage Fee can be up to $20 or more depending on shipment size. Multiple boxes incur higher brokerage fees. Brokerage fees are the responsibility of the receiver and are non-negotiable.)

*Restricted USPS Priority Items Include: classic skis beyond 197 cm, wax remover, wax tables

Canadian Duties and Taxes are the responsibility of the recipient.

*Oversize Packages - Standard oversize charge = $30.00.
Some items are subject to an oversize freight charge. They include but are not limited to:
-Ski Poles
-Sportube Ski Carriers
-Wax Tables and Ski Wax Forms
-Bikes* (call for shipping quote)
For shipments to Canada, the oversize charge gets added to the base charge.
Oversize charge covers up to two oversize items. Additional oversize items will accumulate additional charges. 
Additional shipping charges may be needed for heavy items.
Order Processing
Orders are processed quickly and ship out on weekdays excluding holidays.  Some products and services may add additional delays to shipping which include but are not limited to:
-Nordic Skis: Race skis are hand picked and tested to confirm fit (based on height/weight) and quality, which may delay shipping up to 24 hours.
-Poles to be cut: If you are requesting a pole to be cut to a custom length, this may delay shipping up to 24 hours.
-Basic wax: wax services on skis including hotbox and single layer glide may delay shipping up to 24 hours.
-Premium wax: wax service on skis including World Cup Hotbox, Hotbox + Race hardening and and other race wax services may delay shipping up to 48 hours.
-Stonegrind services: Stonegrinding is an advanced multi-step process that may delay shipping up to 10 days.
-Outgoing shipments/shipping windows: outgoing shipments are picked up daily Monday through Friday excluding holidays. There is no pickup on weekends or holidays such as Christmas Day and Eve, New Years Day and Eve, Thanksgiving, Labor day and The 4th of July. No orders are shipped on those days. If an order is placed during or near a no-ship window (including expedited or next day air shipping), gear west is not responsible for resulting shipping delays.
Shipping Restrictions - Some items have specific shipping restrictions or cannot be shipped at all. Restrictions include:
-We currently cannot ship bicycles
-Some products such as liquid wax and remover cannot be shipped via air due to government restrictions, and therefore can only be shipped standard ground

Questions about Shipping?
If you have any questions about shipping your purchase please feel free to contact us: Local: 952-473-0377 Toll Free: 877-473-4327


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We want you to be happy with your purchase from Gear West, and if for any reason you need to return or exchange an item we want to make it as easy as possible for you to do so.

- Items must be returned within 30 days of purchase. Store credit may be given after 30 days.
- Items must be in new and unused condition and must be returned with all original packaging.
- Clothing items (shoes, boots, and apparel) must be clean and unworn with all original hang tags still attached.
- Partial store credit may be issued if product is returned in used condition or if not returned with original packaging.
- Returns of mounted skis will be charged a 25% restocking fee. Service (mounting, grinds, hotboxes, etc.) will not be refunded.
- If you have any questions please call us toll free at 1 (877) 473-GEAR (4327).
- Gear West does not issue shipping labels or credit shipping costs.

- Pack returned items with original packaging and ship via UPS, Fedex, or USPS insured mail, and include Attn: Returns on the label (see more below)
- If your purchased was completed using a account, you can sign into your account and request a return or exchange. You will be asked to provide an explanation for your return.
- If you made your purchase over the phone or as a guest, please return the item with the receipt, and give a brief explanation for your return and if you are requesting a refund or exchange.
- Return to the address below with your return address shown on the outside of the package:

    Gear West
    Attn: Returns
    1786 W Wayzata Blvd   Suite B
    Long Lake, MN 55356

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Please do not hesitate to drop us an email ( or give us a call with any questions:
Local: 952-473-0377
Toll Free: 877-473-GEAR (4327)

Gear West will meet or beat any advertised price on any product we sell. If you are about to make a purchase and discover a lower advertised price offered by a competitor on the same available brand and model, let us know and we'll match that price on the spot.

How Price Matches are Handled:
Simply call us at 1-877-473 GEAR (4327) or send us an email with the product you are interested in and where we can find the lower advertised price.

The item must be exactly the same model and color, and be currently available in your size from the retailer whose price you would like us to match.

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