Aspen waxing clinic set for nordic enthusiasts |

Aspen waxing clinic set for nordic enthusiasts

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Ever wax up your cross-country skis and then proceed to flail on the trail? Should you have waxed with green instead of blue, red instead of purple? And what’s yellow for, anyway?

The Aspen Cross County Center and nordic gear company Toko will host a free ski waxing clinic at the center on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. Head for the clubhouse at the Aspen Golf Club, which happens to double as the nordic center.

Nelson Oldham of Toko will cover all aspects of glide waxing for skate and classic skiing, from the base preparation for new and used skis to waxing for all conditions and abilities, ski storage and more. A clinic on applying kick wax for classic skiing will follow.

The clinic is open to skiers of all levels of ability.

Waxing for glide is a key piece of the puzzle for cross-country skiing, according to the folks at the nordic center. Waxing tips and tails for classic skis or the full length of the ski for skating can range from a basic to highly technical process. Oldham, Toko’s local technical representative, promises to take some of the mystery out of hot waxing cross-country skis by demonstrating the latest techniques in base preparation and wax application to achieve optimal ski performance, and will answer questions.

He resides in Carbondale and can regularly be found skiing at nearby Spring Gulch (where he’s presumably gliding on the perfect wax job).

The Aspen Cross-Country Center, owned and operated by the Ute Mountaineer, offers ski tuning and repair services, a public waxing room and locker rooms. It’s located at the city golf course, next to part of the 90 kilometers of free trails that make up the Aspen-Snowmass nordic trail system.

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