Joel Jaques is a wax technician with Canada’s national cross country ski team, supporting all the skiers as well as acting as personal wax tech for Perianne Jones and Ivan Babikov. Currently with the team for World Cup races in Europe and preparing to head off to Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Jaques took a few minutes to pass on his waxing tips for recreational cross country skiers.
JJ: You need the following basics:
- Iron – to melt your wax
- Cork – for spreading the wax
- Scraper – to remove excess wax from the base before brushing it
- Brush – a general purpose brush to remove the final bits of wax from your base without damaging the skis
- Waxes: I’d suggest a base binder, a red,violet and blue hard wax, a universal klister, a warm and a cold glide wax.
Read more Cross country waxing basics
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From the sounds of yesterday’s trip report from Rob and Bev, conditions are excellent. We skied Nipika today and were able to cover 25kms of the trails on both sides of the road. It was great! The colder temperatures in the forecast should preserve the good snow conditions.
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