All About Ski Preparation
Hot Waxing Skis and Snowboards: Why and How

Hot Waxing Skis and Snowboards: Why and How

November 29, 2022

This episode explains why and how to hot wax skis and snowboards. I make recommendations as to the best practice and also comment on a common technique that I think should be avoided.

Thoughts on Current Post Fluorine Race Waxing

Thoughts on Current Post Fluorine Race Waxing

November 11, 2022

Especially now there are more forms of race wax than ever including buff on block, pastes, hot waxes, powders, and liquids. I give my thoughts on how to manage and prioritize these forms for best results and predictability. 

Interview with former USST Alpine Tech Neil Lande

Interview with former USST Alpine Tech Neil Lande

November 1, 2022

Neil talks about what it is like to be a Alpine ski serviceman for the USST including thoughts on the personality traits that would be good for a serviceman to have, life on the road, long hours in the wax room, the pressures of the job, and his new job with Toko

Initial Wax Preparation of New Skis or Freshly Ground Skis (Alpine and Nordic)

Initial Wax Preparation of New Skis or Freshly Ground Skis (Alpine and Nordic)

October 24, 2022

Describes the recommended steps when waxing new skis or freshly stoneground skis. Explains why these steps are important and what the goal is of each of the three steps. For both Alpine and Nordic.

Nordic Race: Preseason Fleet Evaluation, Structure, and Considerations

Nordic Race: Preseason Fleet Evaluation, Structure, and Considerations

October 11, 2022

Describes many of the considerations when evaluating a Nordic Race ski fleet preseason, what base structure to start the season with, and other thoughts.

What’s New for 2022/23 Winter Alpine

What’s New for 2022/23 Winter Alpine

October 3, 2022

Ian Harvey gives a quick 6 minute summary of new exciting products that we will be offering this winter. Highlights include Soelden 15 Powder, a new Rotobrush system, and a Ski Holder/Rack. Ian also quickly covers the Toko philosophy. (Audio only).

Interview withToko Chemist Stefan Jung on the development of fluorine free race waxes

Interview withToko Chemist Stefan Jung on the development of fluorine free race waxes

September 30, 2022

This is an interview with Toko Chemist Stefan Jung about the development of fluorine free race waxes. Stefan relates some of the stories and challenges that he has faced as well as talks a bit about what he expects in the future.

2022/23 Winter New Products Preview (Nordic)

2022/23 Winter New Products Preview (Nordic)

September 23, 2022

Ian Harvey gives a quick 10 minute summary of new exciting products that we will be offering this winter. Highlights include a new vastly improved Structure tool, Soelden 15 Powder, Rotobrushes, and a Ski Holder/Rack. Ian also reports on our inventory status which is very positive.

Marty Hall Interview

Marty Hall Interview

January 31, 2022

Marty Hall was the first full-time paid US Cross Country Ski Coach and a true pioneer and innovator. Marty coached for the US Ski Team from 1970 through 1978 and for Cross Country Canada from 1981 through 1992. Most notably from my perspective are the many innovations and solutions that Marty found to common problems leading to breakthroughs in training and technology. This is a problem solver and man of action who changed the landscape of Nordic ski racing. If you want to be inspired by an animated interview full of great stories and by a uniquely capable person not afraid to share his opinions and ideas, this is your great opportunity. I present to you the iconic Marty Hall.

Beijing Olympic Roundtable Discussion

Beijing Olympic Roundtable Discussion

January 27, 2022
How are the Olympics different from a World Cup? Generally speaking the waxing and racing is the same but some other aspects of the Olympic Games are very different from that of a World Cup event. Here is a discussion with Olympic athletes Caitlin Gregg, Andy Newell, Ida Sargent, and John Bauer to explore this topic hosted by Olympian Ian Harvey. Some of the topics discussed include the Olympic clothing issue from the USOC, eating in the cafeteria with all of the athletes from other countries and disciplines, Olympic village security, the opening and closing ceremonies, increased media interest, supporting the team, and if the Olympics are more or less competitive than a World Cup.
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