There are a few different methods for applying Toko JetStream, here is an overview.
Additionally there are many who prefer to hand cork JetStream. If I am going to hand cork JetStream, it would be in new falling snow and over a rotocork job. I find that the little JetStream residue on the ski base is super fast in new falling (or newly fallen) snow. To hand cork JetStream, rub the bloc on the base, cork it either with the plasto cork or a natural cork. Cork it well such that you generate friction enough to get it on to the base. Then gently brush it into the base with a Nylon Polishing brush and polish it well such that you can not see any JetStream on the base with your naked eyes except that the base is shiny due to having a thin uniform coat of JetStream on it. Of course this is a very effective technique for touching up skis between sprint heats.
Surviving a Low-Snow Winter by Justin Freeman
With poor snow conditions in most of the country, and with weather so warm and unpredictable it has almost undone the work of 13 snow guns at Rumford, it seems an article on what to do when the snow doesn’t fall is appropriate. There are a number of things that skiers at any level can do in a winter like this one:
- Take a deep breath. Remember that skiing is often-maybe even usually-better in April than in December. The snow will probably arrive eventually, and you may even forget the frustrations of the early season.
- Figure out your priorities. For some people, skiing is their primary sport, but maybe this winter is a good one to try cyclo-cross, or some winter running races, or to go to the pool and get ready for triathlon season. And there is nothing wrong with hedging your bets. Training like a triathlon in January will leave you in solid ski shape when the snow suddenly falls in February.
- Balance skiing and training. If you are like most ski racers, you ski both to do well in races and because it is fun. As you try to get on snow, make sure you are thinking about the balance you want to strike between skiing for fun and skiing to win.
- Don’t obsess with snow. This has two meanings. Don’t check the 10-day forecast five times a day. It won’t help. And think before you drive two hours to ski around an 800-meter loop of man-made snow with 200 other die-hard racers. It won’t be that fun or productive.
- Look closely at your training plan. Skiers need to work on endurance, lactate threshold, VO2 max, general and specific strength, balance, and technique. Think about how to train each of these aspects given the resources you have.
- Be flexible. If it is sunny and the roads are clear, go for a rollerski-maybe include some speeds. If the roads are slick, go for a long trail run. If it is really nasty outside, go for a swim and then do some circuit training. If it snows two inches and your local golf course doesn’t mind, go there and sneak in a ski in the morning before it melts again.
- Break the monotony of short ski loops. If you do have a one kilometer loop to ski on, do a couple laps of easy skiing, then a couple laps with no poles, then a couple double-poling, then a couple single-sticking, then a couple easy again. It slows you down, helps you train, and makes the time pass quicker.
- Don’t overdo it. If there is snow a couple hours away, it is tempting to drive there Saturday morning, put in 4 hours Saturday afternoon and 4 more Sunday morning, and then drive home. But this is a recipe to make you sick, not fit.
- Get your equipment ready. Make sure your skis are waxed, kick zones prepped, pole straps adjusted, bindings functioning, etc. There is nothing worse than finally getting on snow and realizing that you need to cope with some sort of equipment failure.
- Take another deep breath. It will snow again, you will ski your favorite trail, and it will be fun. But it might still be awhile.
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