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Cross Country Ski Service

Birkie Wax Service Update

We'll be providing our race wax service this week as we count down to the Birkie!  Just drop off your skis 24 hours before you plan to leave for the Hayward area, let us know your event and wave placement, and we'll take care of the rest.  New snow and cold temps in the forecast means proper waxing will be paramount.  We recommend our Gold or World Cup level service and will use newer non-fluorinated wax per FIS rules.

At Pete's Garage, we offer a full service Nordic service center including stone grinding, waxing, and base repair.  You can even give your skis a spa day with a nice long wax soak in Northeast Wisconsin's only hot box!

We make every effort to get your skis back to you in 24 hours, helping you to get back on the snow.  Race wax service uses premium waxes from Toko, Swix, and Start and follows up to date wax recommendations.

Hot Boxing

When cross country skis are new or have just been stone ground, the bases need to be saturated with wax in order to ensure optimal performance.  While this can be accomplished with multiple rounds of standard hot waxing, this takes time and also exposes the base of your skis to potential damage after multiple cycles of high temperature wax application.  Hot boxing is a process that allows your skis to soak up wax over the course of three hours in a very tightly controlled environment that keeps the skis at a uniform temperature just high enough to melt wax but not high enough to damage your skis.  

At Pete's Garage, we're proud to offer Northeast Wisconsin's only Nordic hot box service.  Get your new or freshly stone ground skis ready for the season!

Stone Grinding

Why stone grind your skis?  Hot waxing Nordic skis, which sometimes requires higher temperatures (particularly with colder waxes), can damage the base of your skis, making them less receptive to new wax.   Stone grinding removes a very thin layer of the base of your skis, opening the pores in your base material which allows it to properly receive fresh wax.  Stone grinding can also help flatten your bases as well as create a uniform surface after base repair.  A fresh stone grind followed by a long wax soak in our hot box will ensure that your skis are saturated and ready for the season.

This season we've partnered with one of the premier stone grind services in the Midwest and will be processing skis in batches with an expected turnaround of two weeks or less.

Pricing Menu

Wax Packages*



  • Base cleaning
  • Performance base wax



  • Base Cleaning
  • Performance base wax
  • High performance wax top coat



  • Base cleaning
  • Performance base wax
  • High performance wax top coat
  • Structure of the day

World Cup


  • Base cleaning
  • Performance base wax with graphite/moly as needed
  • High performance wax top coat
  • Ultra performance final coat
  • Structure of the day

* Fluorinated waxes may be used upon request for silver, gold, and world cup service.  Race wax service will follow FIS guidelines for sanctioned races.

Individual Services

Stone Grind and Hot Wax: $80

Stone Grind and Hot Box Soak: $90

Hot Box Wax Soak:  $20 

Base Repair:  $60/hour shop rate ($5 minimum)