Superheroes on Skinny Skis Festival Guide
Whether you've been on skis daily since November or just for the first time or 2, come on down to the festival, have some fun, and discover your skiing superpowers. You can race, you can tour - either way, let's have a blast! See the festival home page for the schedule of events, festival news, and and more. Event details:
Driving to Bristol Nordic Center: Follow South Hill Road to the nordic center at the top of Bristol Mountain (directions here) - do not drive to the downhill area at the base of the mountain, you can't get there from there. First-timers, be careful on the road which is usually snowy/icy, and has a sharp downhill zig-zag halfway up. You may drive down to the loop at the end of the access road to unload, but please park along the North side of the access road.
Check-in: Sign-in and pick-up of bibs and trail passes will be at the Bristol Nordic Center lodge from 8:30-11:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Sign up here for the Sunday relay - registered skiers, family and friends are all welcome to join in, but to be given a spot at the starting line must sign up (and sign a waiver). There will be a short meeting for parents and coaches outside by the RXCSF tent on Saturday at 9:30 for information updates and Q&A.
Food at the Festival: Snacks and drinks provided by RXCSF will be available in the lodge both days. Bring a lunch for Saturday - Bristol's summit lodge has a few drinks and snacks available but nothing particularly healthy or substantial. On Sunday all skiers and families are invited to join in the Ski Fest Feast (taco-in-a-bag, baked potatoes, dessert) in the lodge after the relay race, followed by awards.
Racing: Saturday races will be classic interval start (15 s), ranging from approx 1 km for U8 to 4 km for U14. U16 skiers are welcome to join, and will start with the U14 group but be scored separately. Course maps will be posted on this site and at the festival.
Sunday races will be mass start freestyle, similar distances as Saturday. Starts will be by age group, with boys and girls starting together and start rows seeded by Saturday finish order.
• Glidewax recommendations posted on this page will be updated if needed as the forecast changes. We ask that all skiers refrain from using pure fluoro or HF wax (LF or hydrocarbon waxes are OK).
• Bibs will be collected at the finish of each race - please do not leave the finish area before handing in your bib.
• Racing each morning will end with the Lollipop races - BKL graduates are invited to lead these races, and all should come out and cheer for the youngest skiers.
• All skiers are welcome at the RXCSF tent for help with kickwax on Saturday, or to brush glide wax (and structure, if you really want) on Saturday and Sunday.
• Come to the RXCSF tent 30 minutes prior to your race if you'd like to find a group to warm up with. Coaches will help lead warm-ups when available, but parents are ultimately responsible for making sure that kids and equipment get to the start in time.
SuperTour de Ski: If you're not racing, the Tour is your chance to be a star - perfect for new skiers or those whose style is more chill, this is becoming our festival's signature event. This year's version will take you and your sidekicks around the trail "system" for a series of superhero challenges and adventures. Tackle any and all, and be sure to defeat any supervillains who might be ski-lurking along the way! All skiers who have raced are encouraged to join the Tour as superhero sidekicks - you'll be teamed up with a Tour Superhero and will help them to navigate the course and the challenges. Gather by the RXCSF tent after the lollipop race on Saturday (approx 11:30) to meet your teammates and hear about your mission. There will be classic track from the morning racing, but skiers may choose classic or skate for the tour and afternoon games.
Saturday afternoon games and fun: scarf down some lunch and come back out to try out any and all! Head out right after lunch to the Snow Dance party for some choreographed moves and/or some of your own. Show off your skiing superpowers at the photo/video booth. Try your hand at blasting supervillains, Captain America curling, hurling Thor's hammer, toppling kyrptonite, and skiing like an Incredible. Then head up Hale Bop to the XC Cross course and see if you can tackle obstacles and jumps faster than a speeding bullet!
Saturday Banquet: A celebration to cap off Day 1, with dinner, awards, video slideshow, and a games. At Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School cafeteria, 619 Quaker Meeting House Road, Honeoye Falls (map). Doors at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, slideshow and awards at 7:00.
Sunday Team Sprint Relays: Put together a team of 4 and rev your engines for a festival last hurrah. Parents, siblings, friends and coaches are welcome to join. Sign up at Saturday check-in or at the banquet. Sprint matchmakers can help fill out your team if needed, and we will post teams and heat assignments on Sunday morning. Each team member will ski a 0.5 km (or shorter) lap. Technique is freestyle (your choice of skate or classic). Ski fast in your heat and you'll qualify for the final and a shot at Festival glory! But remember, the name of the game is fun - anyone caught not smiling will be disqualified.
Bring cowbells and noisemakers to cheer on all of the participants at the Festival - we look forward to seeing you all and wish you safe travels!
We're here to help! All skiers are welcome to come to the RXCSF tent for help with kick waxing on Saturday, or to brush their glidewax on Saturday or Sunday. We won't be ironing glidewax at the race, but for how-to advice see our Waxing page. Wax recs are the best guess based on the current forecast, and will be updated if this changes.
Note - we ask that all skiers refrain from using HF or pure fluoro waxes, to keep the focus on the skier and not the ski prep.
Saturday January 14- Classic races
Forecast is for early morning lows of 14°with temps rising from about 18° to 22° during the morning racing. Expect an hard and wicked fast frozen granular base, with track dug into it as well as possible.
Glidewax - Toko Red or Swix CH6 (non-fluoro or LF), scrape and brush.
Kickwax - clean and lightly sand kick zones, we'll wax the morning of. Kick should be no problem at these temperatures, but how well the groomers chew up the icy base will determine whether we go with blue klister or can get away with hardwax. Don't be scared of klister - if that turns out to be the way to go, bring your skis to the RXCSF tent and we'll take care of you!
Sunday January 15 - Freestyle Races
Temps should be in the low 20's, and snow should be rocket fast..
Glidewax - Toko Red or Swix CH7 (non-fluoro or LF), scrape and brush. Brushes and structure tool will be available at the RXCSF tent for those who want.