All About Ski Preparation

We are experts in making skis go fast and perform the way you want them to. We cover Nordic and Alpine from racing to recreation. Backcountry too. If you ski and maintain your own skis, this is the podcast for you.

05:45 2022-11-29
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.
11:03 2022-11-11
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. 
23:59 2022-11-01
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 w...
06:57 2022-10-24
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.
10:33 2022-10-11
Describes many of the considerations when evaluating a Nordic Race ski fleet preseason, what base structure to start the season with, and other thoughts.
06:11 2022-10-03
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). ...
16:45 2022-09-30
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.
10:21 2022-09-23
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 sta...
23:37:59 2022-01-31
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 man...
59:07 2022-01-28
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, ...
23:09:10 2022-01-14
After 35 years of coaching the Northern Michigan University ski Nordic ski team, Sten Fjeldheim retired in the spring of 2021. Wining 4 NCAA Nordic Ski Team National titles, coaching 12 skiers who represented the US in the Olympic games, and guiding 7 NCA...
39:02 2022-01-07
Chris Magerl has been the Toko Race Wax Tip Coordinator since 2008 as well as a Toko Tech Team member. Additionally, Chris has been a groomer at the Mountain Dell Nordic Course since 2002 and has been running the grooming crew since 2006. In addition to h...
55:45 2022-01-03
Dani Aravich is on the US Paralympic team for Nordic skiing and Biathlon. She was a member of the US Paralympic team this past summer in Tokyo in track and field. Her goal is to compete in the Paralympic games this winter in China. We spoke about any diff...
23:00:28 2021-12-24
Nancy Fiddler came late to elite ski racing having had started skiing in college. Her world cup career started when she was 31 years old. Despite this Nancy won 14 US National Championship titles. She participated in both the 1988 and 1992 Olympic games. ...
18:11 2021-11-30
Stefan Jung started working for Toko as the head chemist in January 2021. He is an avid telemark skier and also participates in other outdoor sports such as skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. The purpose of this interview is to introduce Stefan and give...
22:13:44 2021-11-12
Sydney Palmer-Leger won both races at the 2021 NCAA championships as a freshman in college. Sydney is on the US Ski Team B Team and is the 6th ranked US distance skier. She is also a 5 time US Mountain Bike National Champion. Sydney is just 19 years old a...
22:13:32 2021-11-04
Ben Odgen has 5 individual top 10 finishes at World Juniors as well as 2nd, 1st, and 1st in the Junior relay. Also 11th in 2021 U23 Classic sprint after finishing 3rd in the qualifier. Ben finished 17th in the 2021 World Championship Classic sprint. Clear...
55:47 2021-10-29
JC Schoonmaker finished 26th in last winter’s World Championship Classic Sprint in Oberstdorf, Germany. His top World Cup results are 14th, 18th, and 18th. He was also 13th in World Juniors the Classic Sprint in 2020. JC is a US Ski Team A Team member a...
11:07 2021-10-22
Gus Schumacher is the 3rd ranked U23 skier in the world and a US Ski Team A Team member. In an interview a few months ago, Gus brought up how excited he was to have gotten a new treadmill and all of the training possibilities that it will afford him. I as...
22:24:34 2021-10-12
Laura McCabe got a late start to Nordic ski racing having had started Nordic track skiing and then racing in her early 20s. However, despite her late start, she made the 1994 and 1998 Olympic teams. Laura was on the Factory Team for 11 years and during th...
29:28 2021-08-20
Gus Schumacher is the 3rd ranked U23 skier in the world and a US Ski Team A Team member. This interview is to simply catch up and get his thoughts on how his summer training is going and some ideas he might have.
22:07:17 2021-03-03
Caitlin Gregg has 5 American Birkebeiner wins, more than anyone in history. Additionally she is a bronze medalist from the 2015 World Championships. This 40 year old mother just competed in both the Birkie skate and classic last weekend and finished an am...
00:06:57 2021-02-26
Reid Pletcher is one of the most talented fun adventuresome guys you will ever meet or hear of. Despite adversity Reid squeezes as much juice out of life as possible which I love. A few highlights include racing Nordic ski World Cups, Racing road bikes as...
22:09:43 2021-02-17
Carl Swenson has represented the US 72 times in World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic competitions. His best international result was 5th place in the 2003 World Championship 50k skate in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Carl, a 3 time Olympian, also anchored t...
23:00:27 2021-02-13
Reese Hanneman has represented the US 36 times in World Cup and Olympic Games. Reese has 4 US National Championships wins all in the sprints. He also won a NorAm race in 2016 in the Classic sprint. Reese has been on the US National Championship podium 9 t...
36:50 2021-02-03
David Norris has 10 top 30 World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic individual finishes. He is also the 2016 American Birkebeiner Champion. He has been one of our top 2 distance men for the past 4 years anyway. David also got Covid-19 in November and re...
42:39 2021-02-02
Gus Schumacher is the defending World Junior Nordic Ski Champion and US National Skate Sprint Champion. This interview is to simply catch up and get his thoughts on the recently finished World Cup raced from Lahti, Finland and Falun, Sweden where he had s...
57:04 2021-01-29
I have a huge treat for you today. You know those “most interesting man in the world” advertisements that the beer brand Dos Equis does? OK, I have a true candidate for this title. Anyone who races the Boulder Mountain Tour, Yellowstone Rendezvous, or...
22:32:38 2021-01-27
Liz Guiney has 8 individual World Cup starts and 1 World Cup relay start. Her best World Cup finishes were 13th in the Skiathalon and 24th in the Classic sprint in 2017 in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. Liz also finished 2nd in a North American Championship C...
19:48 2021-01-19
David Norris has 10 top 30 World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic individual finishes. He is also the 2016 American Birkebeiner Champion. He has been one of our top 2 distance men for the past 4 years anyway. David got Covid-19 in November. This inter...
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