Want Fast Skis for the Gatineau Loppet? Update from Gatineau Nordique Sport
Ten years ago this spring, one of the members of XC Ottawa told me ‘if you take your best skis to Zach Caldwell and have them stone ground, your skis will be faster.’ In the summer of 2005, Karl Saidla took my skis to Zach to be stone ground. My skis were faster. By the summer of 2008, I bought the same model of Tazzari machine that is used by Zach and started up my own business.
When the snow conditions consist of dry, cold, aggressive snow crystals, skis that are stone ground with a cold, fine grind are usually noticeably faster for 2 reasons. First of all, the majority of factory grinds suit the mid range conditions commonly found in Europe and therefore do not suit the cold dry conditions which we commonly find in Canada. Secondly, the bases of skis are fastest immediately after proper stone grinding. Last Saturday morning, I ground and waxed ( base saturation and hardening of the base ) classic skis with the XT1 grind for athletes who were competing at the Eastern’s. On Sunday one boy won his race on classic skis that had been ground the day before.
If the weather forecast is correct for next weekend, if you have good skis ground with a cold fine grind, by someone who does good work, wax the skis properly for the race day conditions, your skis will be faster, most likely noticeably faster.
For all the details on having Gatineau Nordique Sport look after your skis for the Gatineau Loppet, go here: