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Every Nordic skier knows that a good grind and good wax can make or break your ski day. It’s the difference between gliding with effortless efficiency and feeling like you’re skiing on Styrofoam. Nordic skiers are at the mercy of snow conditions, and Utah’s low moisture content snow provides a special challenge. That’s where our experienced ski technicians come in.
Our local knowledge is incomparable. Our tuning staff includes a former NCAA Nordic champion who has been a tuner for the U.S. Nordic Combined Team and a tech for Rossignol in helping produce their factory grinds. Our Nordic ski techs compete all across the Rocky Mountain region and have skied in the area for years. They know what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to tuning classic or skate skis in snow so light it doesn’t pack out easily.
Most Nordic skis come from the factory with a grind too aggressive for Utah’s “greatest snow on earth.” That’s because many of the skis are manufactured in more humid locations. Spend a day in Park City and your chapped lips and parched throat will remind you that Utah is an extremely dry climate. That means your Nordic skis aren’t reaching their full potential until the grind matches our conditions.
We recently brought all of our grinding equipment in-house so that the Nordic Center is where yours skis are tuned and waxed. We offer three different Nordic ski tuning options customized to your needs.
The Park City Cold Grind (CW1) is the finest grind we offer, and is at its best during cold, firm conditions. Up a notch, is the Park City Universal Grind (CW2) with a slightly coarser grade that allows skis to work in most conditions, giving the skier more flexibility. For customers with a quiver of skis, our Universal Warm Grind (WW1) provides a grind best matched to spring-like snow conditions. Our team of trained Nordic ski technicians will help you select the grind that’s best for you. For customers with a quiver of skis, our Universal Warm Grind (WW1) provides a grind best matched to spring-like snow conditions. Our team of trained Nordic ski technicians will help you select the grind that’s best for you.
A stone grind is essential to help your skis take wax again. At Jans, we use a stone grinder designed specifically for Nordic skis. Since there are no metal edges on the skis, the pressure and speed of our grinder is much less so it gets the job done without damaging fragile classic or skate ski bases.
After the grind, our technicians carefully condition the skis by applying several different layers of wax to saturate the bases. They put the skis in a thermo bag at 62 degrees Celsius for 6-8 hours where the wax becomes liquid, allowing it to really penetrate the ski. After hand-scraping, Jans' technicians apply cold wax to harden up the base, followed by the wax of the day.
The result is a much faster ski, so you’ll feel more like a professional than a weekend warrior.
Base Grind, Hot Wax
Thermobag with Toko S3 Yellow
Iron on Wax, Scrape, Brush Finish
Toko Low Fluoro Mid Wax
Toko High Fluoro Premium Wax
Thermobag, LF Base, HF Top, Toko JetStream Speed Layer
Moly Ironed in, HF Top, Toko JetStream Speed Layer
HF Top, Toko Jetstream Speed Layer
The White Pine Touring Nordic Center now has full service tuning equipment on-site to take care of your tuning needs.
The Nordic Center is backed up by the expert staff at Jans Rennstall so even when there’s a race in town, you can be sure your skis will be taken care of overnight and will be ready for you the next morning. We know your track time is precious, and we wouldn’t dream of having you miss a day. Drop your skis off by 4pm, and they’ll be waiting for you in the morning. If you are shipping them to us, we’ll tune them overnight, and have them headed back your way the next day, unless of course, you want us to hold onto them until you get here. Call us at 435-649-6249 for information about our ship-in program.
Stay on top of the Nordic Center track report at www.whitepinetouring.com or listen for the local cross-country skiing conditions on KPCW-FM (91.9) each morning at 7:15AM-ish.
Since temperature, humidity, fresh snow, and track condition all play a part in which wax to select for the day, and even for different parts of the day, knowing the exact information at the track will make sure you are ready to go.
Boulder Mountain Tour, Round Valley Round Up, Wasatch Citizen Series, Junior Nationals... Avoid the stress and rely on our professional technician, Cory Wubbles, to test your fleet, pick your skis and decide on the wax. Wax applied, and skis delivered to your race, ready to go!
With race-day preparations chosen be U.S. Nordic Ski Team technician, Cory Wubbels, and former World Cup and IBU Cup coach, Patrick Coffey, your skis will be getting true, professional-level attention.
Delivery service is $20 additional and sign up is required 6 days prior to the event for Boulder Mountain Tour, Round Valley Round Up and Junior Nationals.