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Birkie

Postby MN Hoser » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:57 pm

Too early for a Birkie post?

I'm hoping to head up tomorrow with a fleet of skis to do some skiing and testing. I've been remiss in testing my skis. Yesterday I was on my "cold" pair, a pair with a cold linear grind. It was the fastest ski I've had this year and the temp with in the upper 20s F with a light rain. Huh? That was the same pair that tested fastest last weekend in the upper 20s F (no rain). So much for a cold pair.

The long range forecast calls for cool temps (5 to 25F), so it will be good to see how the various pairs ski in those conditions.

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Re: Birkie

Postby bmullin » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:59 pm

I don't think so. As I said in the wax thread, this is my first Birkie so I think my fever is particularly severe.

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Re: Birkie

Postby MN Hoser » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:14 pm

The trail is in really, really good shape. I can't imagine what would make it better. Tested skis out of OO, then did intervals heading south. I think this is going to be a good Birkie if the weather doesn't screw it up somehow. White, firm, flat...hopefully the edges are firm for the classic skiers. The woods have a solid foot of snow. They're snowmobiling, so that gives an indication there is enough snow.

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Re: Birkie

Postby Montana » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:22 pm

Thanks for the update Jay. I'm on the Empire Builder now heading for MSP and then on to northern Wisconsin. Hope to ski some around 00 on Sunday afternoon.
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Re: Birkie

Postby Raubie » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:29 pm

Good luck guys. Looking forward to reading your post-mortems. :-)

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Re: Birkie

Postby Burgesse » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:17 am

I need a recovery day today - post Finlandia - then really hit the Birkie training on Mon-Tues-Wed, then a couple of days rest and there we are = another year of typical Birkie training! :supz:
I'm glad to hear the trail is still as good as it was for the Pre-Birkie, although from Lake Hayward to 00 the skate lane was soft that day.

This is number 20 for me :drinkers:

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Re: Birkie

Postby MN Hoser » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:21 am

This should give you an idea of current trail conditions on the Birkie Trail:

http://youtu.be/ZLmxPX_hzJ8

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Re: Birkie

Postby fishskicanoe » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:53 pm

2-10" of snow Thursday night and Friday may change that.
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Re: Birkie

Postby E365 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:22 pm

I hope there's some fresh snow. I skied the classic trail north of OO on Monday and there are some sections with serious pine debris. I was using Swix VR55 and picked up a lot if it. Granted thats a pretty soft wax - softer than race-day wax

I'm sure the regular grooming will hide a lot of it though if we don't get snow.

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Re: Birkie

Postby lkm » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:06 am

I skated north to the fire tower food station and back to "OO" today (up the skate trail, back the classic trail). The trail is really the best I've ever seen it.

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Re: Birkie

Postby Montana » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:19 am

I skied north from 00 on the classic trail. The trail was well groomed with fresh corduroy. The classic track was very nice as well. The track was set near the edge of the trail and the pole track was soft in places. But the track will not be at the edge during the race Saturday.

We also skied a short section of the skate trail. It was pretty much the same as the classic trail. A well groomed trail with classic track near the edge.

Snow temps were -10 C and I used VF40 for kick and Toko LF Blue for glide. It was a good ski.
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Re: Birkie

Postby Montana » Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:47 am

A view of the Birkie Classic Trail just north of 00 on Wednesday afternoon. The Freestyle trail looked pretty much the same with respect to conditions.

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Re: Birkie

Postby Montana » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:47 pm

National Weather Forecast for Hayward is predicting up to an inch of new snow Thursday night late, 2-4 inches Friday and light snow Saturday morning. But the local radio guys are thinking less than 3 total. Won't be long and we will all know for sure.
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Re: Birkie

Postby lkm » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:59 am

And the conditions just went from perfect to difficult. Classic skiers will have the advantage for once. Skaters, well we'll see what the birkie can do with this.

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Re: Birkie

Postby kuan » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:43 pm

Jay! Congrats! 84th overall!
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