In celebration of Earth Day and National Park Week the National Park Service will be offering free entry from April 21 to 29th! Check out the Park Service’s official announcement and also a list of activities at Yosemite going on HERE . It looks like the NPS is making this a nation wide deal, not just at Yosemite but everywhere, so take advantage and check out your favorite or somewhere new this week! It looks like most parks are having quite a few kids activities scheduled so if you’ve got little ones it’s a great opportunity, and if you don’t have any little ones you can save some cash.
Out here in California I haven’t seen much Start Ski Wax however growing up in Minnesota Start Green was the go to option for most of the winter. So to further unlock the secrets of fast skis Start has come up with an application for all of you smart phone users, well at least the non-iPhone users. I have yet to try it out but if you’re interested check it out HERE in the Android Market. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Just wanted to highlight a few excellent resources of information for all of you skiers out there. As we all know waxing and ski maintenance is a huge part of ski performance whether your skis have scales on the bottom, are 130mm under foot, have a hole in the tip for lighter swing weight, or if you’re rocking one plank; keeping your equipment tuned will make you faster, more efficient, and having more fun, not to mention increase the longevity of your gear.
You may already know that all of the ski wax manufacturers normally send out a wax recommendation a few days before the nordic ski races happen. We normally try to post links to these as a heads up in case you need some tips for what should be sliding the fastest. Swix, Toko, and Fast Wax seem to be the most common. However those same companies aren’t out there just to help out the nordic racers. Here are a few more services they provide.
One thing most companies provide is a wax calculator which is great for all disciplines. They are obviously going to be based on their waxes so choose which company you prefer and see what they have to say. Here are a few links for you to check out.
A great resource to find out conditions in Lake Tahoe is Tahoe XC’s weather station/conditions page. Obviously this is geared for the nordic skiers so if you are going to higher elevations maybe check out on mountain conditions with the resorts or the Sierra Avalanche Center’s advisory.
Something else these same companies provide are tutorials on YouTube. You’ll find info on all disciplines and also not just basic waxing information. They’ve got edge and base tuning, ski flex information, high fluoro application, grip wax application, and many other options to keep your choice of sliding on snow performing at it’s best.
So whether you are new to waxing your own gear or a seasoned veteran all of these resources should be quite helpful to get you started or add to your quiver of knowledge to keep you moving along.
One last little plug for the Nordic folks; if you’ve yet to listen to Fasterskier.com’s podcasts they’ve got some great stuff going on over there. Obviously race stuff but also some killer tech info as well from some huge names. Check them out on iTunes. Or go to their website and search for “podcasts” in their search bar. Here’s what you get so far.