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Spring Cleaning and Summer Storage
Posted March 26, 2006

This is a rerun of a post from last spring. Most of the info is good so I'm repeating it here.

The winter is almost over. It's time to do some spring cleaning and prepare your skis for next year. Here's what I d before putting my skis into storage until next year.

1) End of Season Checkup:

  • I take a good look at the skis and bindings. Look carefully to make sure the ski has not been damaged and the binding is in good shape. If the base is worn or damaged you might consider having the bases stone ground to return them to tip top shape.

2) Clean the Bases:

  • Skating Skis: I use a soft copper brush to remove dirt and any residual wax. Just run the brush lightly down the length of the base from tip to tail several times, then wipe with a clean lint free cloth like Fiberlene. Second I melt on and iron in a very soft wax like Swix CH8 or Toko System 3 Yellow. I scrape the wax off while it is still hot just after it turns solid.
  • Classic Skis: Do the same thing for the glide zones of classic skis. For the kick zone I remove all old wax with wax remover and let the base dry for at least an hour. This lets all the residual wax remover evaporate. Then I iron in a hard grip wax like Swix Special Green or Toko Green Base Binder.

3) Cover the Base with Wax:

  • Skating Skis: Iron in a soft hydrocarbon wax or base prep. I prefer Toko System 3 Yellow. Put on a thick layer, iron it in and leave it on the base for the summer. Astute readers will note that I recommended Swix Base Prep last spring. Well, when I scraped my skis last fall the red pigment from the Base Prep remained in my base and never came out, even after a full season of waxing. I don't like the thought of something this permanent in my ski bases so I stopped using the base prep from Swix.
  • Classic Skis: The glide zones of classic skis get the same treatment as a skating ski. For the kick zone I iron in a hard grip wax like Swix Special Green. Use the hardest grip wax in your wax kit. Be sure the entire grip zone is covered.

4) Storage: Skis should be stored in a ski bag or wrapped to keep them from getting coated with dust and dirt. Store them in a location that will not get excessively hot. Your attic is not a good place.

These simple steps will protect the skis and extend their life. If, in step one, you discovered some real damage it's time to start thinking of buying ski futures.

Take some time off from training. Enjoy the summer. Then start thinking of next year. It'll be here before you know it.


Skinning the Cat
Posted March 26, 2006

As the old saying goes there is more than one way to skin the cat. The other day I was skiing on Essex Road where it meets Dicky Road near Essex. The day was warm and new snow graced the mountainsides. I met four guys who wanted to do some tele skiing up high in Dicky Bowl. The first few miles of the ski in follows Dicky Road and that is not the most exciting ski routes. The fellows also wanted to spend the maximum amount of time up high in the bowl where the snow and scenery are truly spectacular.

What to do? Simple! Make your own ski lift out of a couple of snowmobiles.

They had two snow machines. Each driver tied skis onto the machine and put their poles on their daypacks. Then they each attached a tow rope onto the back of the machines. The other two guys tied the rope onto their ski poles and hung on. The machines roared and up the road they went.


Ready, Set.....


Go!

Rex Power Grip
Posted March 20, 2006

It's the first day of spring and many of our skiing adventures will involve days where the temperature is at or above freezing. For classic skiers this often presents difficult waxing conditions. There are some alternatives including using waxless skis. Crown based skis when fit correctly can perform very well and I especially like my old Karhu Kevlar Plus skis with their hairy bases in very wet red klister conditions.

Steve Bantz turned me on to some newer waxes. We experimented with Rex Power Grip last winter and again this year. There are three waxes in this series and each covers a fairly wide range of conditions.


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Rex Power Grip Flavor
Temp Range C
Temp Range F
Old Snow
New Snow
Green (8)
-8 to -20
+17 to -4
.5-1.0 mm
.1 - .5 mm
Blue (6)
-4 to -10
+25 to +14
.2 - .5 mm
.1 - .2 mm
Violet (4)
+3 to -5
+37 to +23
.1 - .4 mm
.1 - .2 mm

The waxes come in a tin like other brands we might be familiar with but the Power Grips are different. The Violet reminds me of rubbery grape Jello. They must be ironed onto the ski and form a rubbery layer that grips the snow. Generally the older the snow, the thicker the layer. I'm not quite sure, however, how I'm supposed to measure the thickness of the wax on my ski at .1 mm. The rule then is the newer the snow the thinner the wax application.

These waxes, when at room temperature, are very soft and rubbery. They are not like the soft waxes of other brands. You must use an iron to apply Power Grip. First make sure your bases are clean, then touch the wax to a cool iron and daub the wax onto the base. Once the wax is on the base iron the wax to smooth it out. It seems best to think of the wax layer like a klister. As Steve says, "Apply thin to win!" This is very important for new snow. After the trails have been machine groomed a few times a slightly thicker layer is better. Remember to make it smooth.

I used Power Grip Blue on groomed trails at West Yellowstone where sow temperatures were -17 C, well below the range indicated for blue. Yet it worked very well as long as I shortened the wax pocket somewhat. My application was a little too long and the wax was grabby so I took some Toko Carbonline Mint and covered the forward 2-3 inches of the Power Grip. That stopped the grabbiness and the skis worked very well. I skied for 3 days, skiing 2-3 hours each day, on this same wax application.

Last week at Izaak Walton there was new snow. About half of the trails had been groomed the rest had 2 inches of powder on the formerly groomed surface. Snow temps were -4 C, the day was sunny and the forecast was for warmer in the afternoon. Expecting the snow to be at 0 C by afternoon I decided to try the Power Grip Violet. My application was a little thick so when I skied into fresh powder the soft new snow stuck to the wax. My solution was first to shorten the wax pocket by applying some Toko Carbonline Blue on the front 3 inches of the wax pocket to cover the Power Grip and second to ski behind someone so the track had been skied in some. This worked very, very well. As the morning warmed and got above freezing the wax continued to work. I had good grip every except in the very sunny places where the snow was now getting quite wet. I double poled through those and enjoyed a great ski while everyone else was adding softer waxes. After skiing for a few hours I checked my bases. Nothing was sticking in the wax and it looked like I could ski another week on that one wax job.

The advantage to the Power Grips are very wide range and high durability. They can be waxed over with regular waxes and removed with a scraper. I'll definitely use them more often.

Montana Scenery Skiing
Posted March 13, 2006; Many Glacier added March 16, 2006

This past week I took several "scenery skis" on mostly beautiful sunny days. The intent was to enjoy the magnificent scenery I have so close to home. While the views are truly spectacular these destinations are available to just about anyone who is prepared. It's the wonderful weather that's sometimes hard to come by.

Two Medicine
A busy place in summer is very quiet in winter. This is the Two Medicine Valley of Glacier National Park just north of East Glacier.

It's a 15 mile round trip ski to reach Two Medicine Lake but views of majestic Sinopah Mountain make the trip worth every minute. On this day the sun was brilliant, there was no wind and 4 inches of fluffy powder covered a firm base. A perfect day for a ski party.

Elk Calf
This journey just south of Glacier National Park involved skis and snowshoes because of the very crusty snow on the ridge of Elk Calf Mountain. Bud, Ronnie and I met at Marias Pass last Friday. The temps were cool but the sun was out and there was very little wind, a rarity there for sure.

We skied several miles up the Pike Creek Road gaining about 1,000 feet of elevation then changed to snowshoes for the climb of another 1,400 feet to the 7,603 foot summit of Elk Calf Mountain visible in the upper left corner of this photo.

Great cornices draped the summit ridge while puffy clouds brought occasional flurries. A quick cold lunch on top then a rapid plunge back to the road.

Running Rabbit
Bright sunny skies are a winter rarity on the west side of Glacier National Park. Sunday was the exception though.

Ron (left) and Jen Gruber joined me for some late season skiing at Izaak Walton Inn. We were a little disappointed that the crusty trails had not been groomed that Sunday morning despite the new owner's comment that they will be grooming every day. Some of the crust softened to provide some good skiing in the afternoon though.

The views of Running Rabbit Mountain in the southwest corner of Glacier National Park made for a great day none the less.

Many Glacier
Another 12-13 mile round trip ski takes you into the Many Glacier valley. The big hotel is all boarded up and silent but in 3-4 months it will be overflowing with tourists. This valley is a great place to see mountain goats, bighorn sheep and grizzly bears in the early spring before the snow is all gone. Thanks to Bud Iszler for this great photo.

West Yellowstone Rendezvous Race
Posted March 12, 2006

The 27th Annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race was run on Saturday March 11, 2006, a cold but beautiful day in West Yellowstone, Montana. Close to 650 skiers raced on a day that started out with temperatures between 15 and 20 below zero F. That meant crystal clear skies and gorgeous views from the top of Deja View but slow snow underfoot. Temperatures rose slowly over the course of the race but were never much higher than 20 degrees.

As for results, Patrick Weaver won the Men's 50K with a time of 2:24:43 while Nikki Kimball won the Women's 50K with a time of 2:53:26. In the Men's 25K Nathan Park won with a time of 1:12:28 and in the Women's 25K Crystal Ward won with a time of 1:26:01. Tim Downey won the Men's 25 K Classic race with a time of 1:20:02 and Kelly Milligan won the Women's 25 K Classic with at time of 1:29:31.


Marathon Waxing
Posted March 6, 2006

Long marathon races make special demands on the skier and the skis. Great glide is important for both skating and classic skiing. Getting that glide is just not as simple as the wax job for an afternoon tour.

Consider the 2006 Subaru American Birkiebeiner. A history lesson in the snow on the course indicates that the deeper layers were heavily transformed by thaw freeze conditions. New powder snow was mixed with these older layers by the tilling of big grooming machines. All of this old and newer snow was quite cold. On race morning Mother Nature added a few more inches of very cold sharp powder snow on top. This snow history results in very abrasive conditions that will wear wax off the base of skis quickly.

Steve Bantz carefully scraping the very hard Toko Dibloc HF Blue. A sharp scraper and steady had is essential to prevent chipping of the wax. When the scraper is dull or you press too hard the wax chips off and pulls wax out of the base.

The Forecast conditions for the race were: Friday night lows in the upper single digits with Saturday highs in the 20s and a chance of snow showers before and during the race. We were told to expect packed powder track conditions.

The Actual conditions were close to the forecast but a little cooler. Lows Friday night were just below zero (F) and the high reached about 15. A few inches of snow fell Friday evening and a few more flurries decorated the course in the early morning. The rest of Saturday was clear, sunny and cold with NW winds around 15-20 m.p.h. Course conditions for Wave 5 skiers were generally packed powder on flats and easier downhills, some plowed berms and packed powder on steeper downhills, and soft mush on steep uphills because of the pounding from so many previous skiers. The snow was definitely cold!

Maintaining superior glide in these cold abrasive conditions require careful waxing. Several layers of wax are best and each layer should be treated just like the final race wax. Every bit of wax must be removed from the surface of the base in order to allow for good glide.

Another very important concept is to start with clean ski bases. Putting a fast wax on a dirty base will decrease the glide. I use a simple approach for cleaning bases:

  • Wipe the base clean of any obvious dirt or foreign material with a piece of Swix Fiberlene.
  • Make 3 light passes with copper brush to remove dirt.
  • Iron in a soft hydrocarbon wax like Toko System Three Yellow.
  • Scrape just after the wax solidifies then brush thoroughly after the ski base cools.

I follow these steps every time I wax my skis. I treat the glide zones of my classic skis the same way. After this cleaning process I'm ready to apply the wax of the day or, in this case, my Birkie race wax.

I'm using a horse hair brush for the final stage of brushing out the glide wax. Below are the three brushes I use when glide waxing. After a thorough scraping I make three passes with the copper brush (below left) to remove much of the surface wax. I then brush thoroughly with a nylon brush (center) and finish getting the wax out of all the structure with a fine horse hair brush. I prefer hand brushing over using a power roto-brush unless I have to do several pair of skis quickly.

Experienced marathon racers most likely have developed a waxing methodology that works for them and I highly recommend sticking to what is known. For the rest of us I suggest consulting the major wax manufactures recommendations and following their guidelines. I always suggest staying with the brand of wax that you use the rest of the season. Don't go into an important ski with untried methods! It's just not a good idea.

Above: Rubbing on the Jetstream Moly.
Below backwards from right to left: The tools used with the Jetstream. After applying Jetstream we first corked with a foam cork, then scrubbed with a soft nylon brush and, after rubbing on more Jetstream, polished with a ThermoPad.

Toko (the brand I use most) and Swix publish wax recommendations on the web and fax these to area dealers. Other companies may do the same but I am most familiar with Toko and Swix so will stick with these.

For glide waxing Toko made two suggestions depending on whether you skied out of the Elite and Wave 1 versus skiing from Wave 2 and back. Swix took a slightly different approach by providing a suggestion for "Speed at any Cost" versus performance waxing for Waves 1-5 and Waves 6 and back. I guess Swix assumes that all Elite skiers will use the Speed and Any Cost recommendation. Each company provided just one level of grip waxing for classic skiers. I've provided these recommendations in the table below for those who want all the details.

Glide Waxing
Toko: Elite and Wave 1 Apply a mix of Dibloc LF Moly/LF Blue (1:1 ratio), scrape and brush
Apply Dibloc HF Blue, scrape and brush. For fastest skis rebrush outdoors shortly before the start.
Toko: Waves 2 and Back Apply a mix of Dibloc LF Moly/LF Blue (1:1 ratio), scrape and brush
Apply Dibloc HF Blue, scrape and brush.
Rub on Jetstream High Speed Moly Block and RotoCork onto ski base.
Brush the previous layer into the ski base with a nylon polishing brush.
Lightly rub on Jetstream High Speed Moly Block and polish with a Thermo Pad.
Comment: Toko is assuming skiers in the early waves will alter snow conditions and the addition of Jetstream will be of benefit. The Elite and Wave 1 skiers will have less altered snow and will not benefit from the pure fluoro Jetstream,
Swix: Speed at Any Cost Base Glide Wax: Apply two layers LF4, scrape and brush.
Race Wax: Apply FC1 Turbo Solid. Rub on base and lightly cork in. Rub on second layer covering the base thoroughly. Then iron in with iron set to 145 C. Let cool 20 minutes then brush with a fine nylon or horsehair brush. Brush again lightly with a soft nylon brush.
Comment: Swix is assuming the Elite skiers will want the benefits of pure fluoros on their skis no matter that the cost is very high.
Swix: Performance Waxing for Waves 1-5 Base Glide Wax: Apply one layer CH4, scrape and brush.
Race Wax: Apply two layers LF4, scrape and brush.
Swix: Performance Waxing for Waves 6-12 Base Glide Wax: Apply one layer CH4, scrape and brush.
Race Wax: Apply two layers LF6, scrape and brush.
Comment: Swix assumes later waves will have altered warmer snow to ski on.
Grip Waxing
Grip Waxing
Toko: Base Binder: Apply Base Green, iron and smooth with a cork while still warm.
Race Wax: Apply 2-3 layers of Carbon White thoroughly corking each layer.
For more grip substitute Carbon Blue for Carbon White.
Swix: Base Binder: Apply Swix Green (VG20) or best is Swix VG 35 Base wax. Run on a solid layer and Iron in. Let cool and lightly cork. Then apply 2 thin layers of Swix V40 Blue. Cork each layer very smooth.
Race Wax: Apply 6-8 thin layers of Swix VR40 Kick wax. Cork smooth after each layer. Cork in both directions pulling up from the heel and down from the front. This builds the wax higher in the middle of the kick zone which is directly under the ball of the foot.

Steve and I followed the Toko Recommendations for Waves 2 and Back. I didn't test my skis prior to the start. My skis were very fast and the glide nice and smooth, especially on the softer uphill sections of the course. I know from experience that my skis were faster than previous wax jobs I've done this winter for cold snow conditions. All in all I was very satisfied with the performance of my skis. When I examined my skis after the race, most of the wax was worn off and a good deal of the base had that dry "please wax me" look to them.

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Ice sculptures are a long time tradition at the Birkie.

My 2006 Subaru American Birkebeiner
Posted March 1, 2006

Finish Results for Montana Birkie/Korte Skiers

After months of anticipation and preparation the big day finally arrived. Actually the race begins with waxing on the day before the big dance. I'll talk about how we prepared our skis in my next post.

The alarms sounded in our room at 4:30 AM. Steve and I each rolled over, tuned them off and decided to catch a little more snooze time. We must have been pretty relaxed and confident it was going to be a good ski.

As I drifted back to sleep I thought of the last few days. We had skied most of the trail on two days earlier in the week. We new the snow was good then and the temperatures had remained cold. In fact new snow came adding an inch or two each day. Last night (Friday) several inches fell on the north part of the trail with less new snow closer to Hayward.

Oh well, time to get up. It's now 5:00 AM and we're getting dressed. Our hotel, the Hayward Ramada (formerly the Hayward Country Inn) prepared a free pancake and sausage breakfast so we headed down to the ballroom to eat. It was still 4 hours to race time so the pancakes would have plenty of time to do their thing before we needed the energy they contained.

After eating we redressed in our ski clothes and took care of any other last minute necessities. The first light was beginning to highlight the eastern sky as we began our drive to the start. Stars still twinkled and a sliver of moon was rising ahead of the sun.

Once at the start area we relaxed. A few more trips to the porta johns and some energy drink helped pass the time. It was pretty cold out (+3 F) so we didn't bother getting into the start area too soon. It remained cool all day with the high reaching about 15 F.

Fireworks boomed overhead as the Elite Men left at 8:20. More skyrockets boomed at intervals as the Elite Women, Wave 1, Wave 2, Wave 3 and Wave 3.5 left the start area to begin their trek to Hayward 32 miles away. You might wonder about that Wave 3.5. This was a special "Seniors Wave" set for this year to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the rescue of Prince Haakon in Norway in 1200 AD. The Norwegian, American and Canadian Birkebeiner Races all commemorate this historic event when soldiers with birch bark leggings (birkebeinerens) carried the little prince 55 kilometers from Lillehammer to Rena Norway during a nasty civil war. Anyone aged 65 or over could apply to start in Wave 3.5 and about 80 skiers did.

In 5 more minutes Wave 4 would leave, followed 10 minutes after that by my Wave 5. Steve and I were ready so we walked over to the Start area for our traditional photograph.


At the start near Cable, Wisconsin. My dark purple Birchleggings Club Bib signifies I am skiing 20 or more Birkies. This was my 27th race. The first digit on the bib signifies our wave placement. Each wave contains 600-800 skiers. A total of 6,678 skiers started the race this year in 10 waves.

Then I skied to the start line. Steve would follow in Wave 6 just 10 minutes later.

More skyrockets boomed overhead and I was off. About 800 skiers all took off together and it was pretty tight going. I was hesitant to skate for fear I'd get tangled up with someone else so I doubled poled for about a half kilometer. As the pack opened up I began to use a relaxed easy V-2 or V-1 Alternant skate technique.

The course was wide and fairly flat here. Only a few little dips provided some rest. I intended to ski easy here and same my strength of the big hills in the first 22 kilometers.

Soon the course turned sharp left and began a steep ascent of the big "Powerline Hills." A steep climb was followed by a quick descent to another steep climb. It's kind of like a backwards roller coaster where each climb goes higher than the previous hill. This continued for another 2 kilometers and we kept going up and up and up. It's easy to waste too much energy here and I wanted a good ski all the way so I easily skated to the top of each hill and tucked for the short descents to catch a little rest. The crowd thinned a little more and I cruised easily into the first feed station.

At each feed I consumed a packet of energy jell that I carried in a pocket of my vest. I also took 2-3 cups of whatever energy drink that was being passed to racers by the many wonderful volunteers. Leaving the feed station I began to ski easy again knowing more big hills were in my immediate future. The steep climbs were lined with skiers. Those skating seemed to sway left and right as they climbed the hills. Some groups skated in unison. I joined these "Conga Lines" and continued on up the hills.

At 13 kilometers the trail crosses the Seeley Fire tower Hill. It's the highest elevation reached on the trail but all downhill to the finish it is not. The top of the hill was followed by a fast twisting descent where a lot of elevation is lost. Just when your skis are really flying you round a corner and spot another climb that takes you almost as high as you were before. Go too hard on this part of the course and you'll have a tough ski later.

I continued to ski easy taking each hill in stride. I soon heard a crowd roar just ahead. I was approaching snowmobilers corner, a tricky descent with a very sharp right turn over a steep drop. Snowmobilers gather there on race day to watch the thousands of skiers take on this hill. A big roar goes up whenever there's a crash.

No roar for me though as I skied through the corner and down the hill. For a little excitement I let my skis run wide on the turn and aimed for a group of snowmobilers. I let out a yell as if I had lost control and the spectators scrambled to get out of the way. Ah such fun.

Another kilometer and I began the last steep climb to Highway OO. It's a sneaky hill for those who don't know it. It begins easy beckoning one to ski up as fast as possible. Just when the unprepared begin to tire, the trail turns left and the full height of the hill takes all your remaining will and smashes it to bits. I knew this was coming though and maintained a nice steady pace to the top.

Beyond OO the trail climbs more gently, has some nice flat areas and goes downhill too. Here is were I began to really ski. I noticed I began to pass many other 5th wave skiers here. Even some 4th and 3rd wave skiers who had gone out too fast were falling back. The course here is wonderful and the snow was quick.

The next 10 ks go by fast. There was another food station at Gravel Pit Road. I didn't stop long and soon began the short climb up into some rolling hills that Steve calls the Valley of Death. The course winds around and you sort of lose track of where you are. Fortunately there are markers at every kilometer to help you along.

The next landmark is Mosquito Brook where, just after a feed station, a little flat area, and a bridge over the creek, the trail climbs a long hill. This is another sneaky part of the course because after the long hill, there are only a few little ups and downs before you reach Bitch Hill. This long steep climb is fully visible. I rounded a corner and saw a bunch of skiers in a conga line on the big hill. It's a little deceiving though because your first perspective is from a high point.

You ski downhill pretty fast through a low spot and glide up about a fifth of the hill. I was not tired so I pushed hard down the drop to gain as much on Bitch Hill as I could. Soon the glide ends and the climbing begins. There are always several interesting looking ladies with enhaced figures and strange attire urging skiers on and their taunts provided all I needed to easily get up and over the top. Others were not so fortunate and several skiers took the "lean over the poles" pose of someone who is really shot.

After Bitch Hill there is a long fast downhill run, a couple of quick ups and a wonderful ski along the edge of Rosies Field to the last feed station. Ah, one more bill hill and Lake Hayward comes into view with the town on the far shore.

Push and push hard over that last hill and ski like the wind, unfortunately into the wind, across the lake. The lake crossing seems to take forever and the sharp cold wind cooled me down. Soon the far shore looks bigger and I saw skiers heading off the lake around a building. The good feeling of leaving the lake is dashed quickly by 200 yards of deep mushy snow. Skis disappear into the sugar and skating is really tough. Each stride requires lifting the ski up our of the fluff.

I found a skied in straight track on the right. Putting my skis into the track I discovered they glided much faster there than in the deep sugar. I began double poling hard while passing struggling skiers. A quick right turn and you enter Main Street.


Juliane Bantz captured this photo of me skating up Main Street.

Main street rises gently and the finish line is clearly visible at the far end. Both sides were lined with spectators several deep. The smell of roasting brats from Anglers Bar greets the nose and the snow becomes firm and fast. The crowds cheer, bells ring. The announcer calls my name and I skate past several other skiers on the street to reach the finish line.


What a day! Adrenaline highs all along 51 K (32 miles) of trail culminated with the biggest rush of all--finishing on Main Street in Hayward under a warm sun and bright blue sky. The great packed powder snow conditions resulted in few crashes. For me it was a no hits, no falls, no errors race. It truly was a great day for my 27th Birkie. Yes, I will return next year!


Alphabetical list of Montana Birkie/Korte Skiers
Class Rank in Class Bib #  Name  City Time Division
M 50 - 54
1
86   Randy Beckner  Helena 2:29:13.4  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 25 - 29
1
3771   Justin Beckwith  Whitefish 3:02:47.0  Men's Classic Birkebeiner
M 55 - 59
238
5020   Christopher Buslee  Helena 4:55:17.2  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 50 - 54
147
480   Steven Clark  Bozeman 3:24:28.7  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 50 - 54
145
3281   Jeff Clausen  Whitefish 3:24:04.7  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 18 - 24
14
 Justin Easter  Bozeman 2:25:16.6  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 50 - 54
421
6422   Larry Jent  Bozeman 4:43:48.4  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 50 - 54
27
433   Jeffrey Lepley  Philipsburg 2:49:57.9  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
F 30 - 34
9
3449   Christy Lohof  Otter 3:23:06.3  Women's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 50 - 54
84
29070   Patrick Lohof  Otter 3:14:33.5  Men's Freestyle Kortelopet
F 45 - 49
53
5392   Mary Maddox  Helena 4:41:11.9  Women's Freestyle Birkebeiner
F 40 - 44
42
3653   Kathy McGann  Missoula 3:44:57.0  Women's Freestyle Birkebeiner
F 30 - 34
1
2609   Kimberly Myers  Missoula 3:39:01.1  Women's Classic Birkebeiner
M 40 - 44
1
172   Michael Myers  Missoula 2:47:22.7  Men's Classic Birkebeiner
M 55 - 59
128
5422   Thomas Osborne  Billings 3:55:20.3  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 40 - 44
76
775   Tom Owen  Big Sky 2:55:28.3  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 50 - 54
37
198   Daniel Purpura  Bozeman 2:53:47.6  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 55 - 59
47
2453   Tom Rowe  Livingston 3:20:38.5  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 55 - 59
193
5008   Ralph Thornton  Choteau 4:23:17.9  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 18 - 24
212
5543   Tim Weston  Bozeman 4:42:57.5  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner
M 25 - 29
125
5544   Robert Whitney  Bozeman 4:42:58.7  Men's Freestyle Birkebeiner

For posts from previous months click on the links in the left column.

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