Wax tips for Birken

Swix wax tips for Birkebeinerrennet.

Below are the waxing tips from last year's race. We will provide you with tips ahead of the 2024 race.

Update at 15.40:
There are changing weather reports. Yr.no is now reporting warmer temperatures than first thought. It is therefore important to keep an eye on the temperature before the start tomorrow. See the recommendations for adjustment further down.

The way it looks on the weather forecast right now, it may look like you have to adjust more softly than first thought. It is worth noting that the temperature on the mountain has not changed, so we can expect dry and fine weather there. The challenges therefore lie particularly from the start.

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We at Swix have a waxing service at Sport 1 Lillehammer, Sport 1 Rena and at Skramstadsetra on Friday. Here you can deliver the skis to us.

Wax tip for the race on Saturday

Weather

Based on today’s weather forecasts from Yr.no:

The forecast says clouds in the morning and sun from aroun 7:00. It will be clear and nice weather the whole day. Some wind from vest during the day.

Rena 10.00 -3ºc
Skramstadsetra 11.00 -3ºc
Dølfjellet 11.00 -3ºc
Dambua 11.00 0ºc
Sjusjøen 12.00 -1ºc
Birkebeiner Skistadion 12.00 +2ºc


Structure

Stone ground skis: Fine/medium structure.
Structure Tool: 1.00 mm linear structure with easy pressure.

Watch video: How to manually structure your skis.

Glid 1: Avanced (Racing) - For the race on Saturday

  1. Iron Swix DHFF White Maraton into the base of the ski.
  2. Let the wax cool down before scraping it off with a Plexi Scraper. Then brush with a bronze or steel brush (T179/T162).
  3. Apply TSP 7 violett powder. Iron the powder at 160ºC. Let the powder cool down before scraping it off with a Plexi Scraper. Then brush with a bronze or steel brush.
  4. Polish the base with a blue nylon brush (T160)

Watch video: Learn how to apply powder.

Glid 2: Easy (Touring) - For the race on Satuday

  1. Spray Swix HS07L liquid onto a filt cork T21 and apply the glider onto the skis.
  2. Let dry, then use a blue or red nylon brush (T160/T190) to polish the base of the ski.
    We recommend ironing in a layer of Swix PS06 before you use the liquid glider as described.

Kick: The base

We reccomend that everyone use this as a base:

  1. Sand (rub) the grip zone area with #100 grit sandpaper (T330 or T0011).
  2. Apply a thin layer of VG30 Base wax using an iron. Let it cool down.
  3. Apply 2-3 layers of Swix V30 blue wax. Rub gently with a cork after each layers.

Kick: For early starters (Group 1-7)

  1. Apply the base as described over.
  2. Finsh with 2-3 layers of Swix VP40.
  3. Bring Swix VP45 to the start and adjust if the weather forecast changes to warmer temperatures.

Kick: For later starters (Group 8-12)

  1. Apply the base as described over.
  2. Finsh with 2-3 layers of Swix VP45.
  3. Bring VP50 to the start and adjust if the weather forecast changes to warmer temperatures.

Bring VP50, VP60, VP65, a cork and a scraper in your backpack in case you need to adjust during the race.

Watch video: Learn how to apply kick wax.

Skin skis

If you are using skis with integrated skins we recommend cleaning the skins with Swix N22 Skin Cleaner and then use Swix N20 Skin impregnation and N21 Skin Boost to improve the skin's glide properties.


Baskets:
We reccomend using large pole baskets.

Good luck and enjoy the race.