Friday, July 31, 2009

A Note from the Haig Glacier

Here's an email and pictures I got today from Brian Gregg of CXC Elite.

Brian grew up here locally (Mazama, WA) and continues to improve. He's dedicated, talented, and he's working hard at becoming the best he can be.
Hi Mark,Just checking in from up on the Haig Glacier. The
conditions are fantastic and training is going well.The last few nights have been clear and the track
has set up well. There is a 7.5km loop which winds
back and forth. The terrain is moderate which is nice
since we are nearly at 9000 feet.I am really impressed with the new PL3 grind. Thanks
for shipping it out to me, the skis are awesome up here.
I feel bad for my teammate Matt. He put flouros on his
skis and mine are still faster.Anyways just wanted to say hello. There are more pictures
on my site(www.xcSkiLife.com) Hope you are enjoying
things back in the Methow.-Brian
With the hot weather here in the Northwest, the pictures from the Haig Glacier really look inviting!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dog Days

It's late July, the hottest dog days of summer. As far from ski season as you can get in the northern hemisphere.

It's also a relatively quiet time at Ultratune. A few batches of team skis are rolling in, and a few odd pairs of skis for forward-looking skiers. Some minor updates in the shop, mostly in preparation for the new Mantec grinder in September.

At Nordic Ultratune, August will bring a slow uptick in ski activity at the shop. New skis will begin to arrive. The phone will ring more often; emails become more frequent. Skiers awaken.

For cross country skiers, August brings a light to the end of the hot green tunnel. August days will start to become noticeably shorter; noticeably cooler. Nights longer, stars brighter. More ski-specific activities will creep into the day-to-day routine. There's a change.

If you are a competitive skier then now is the time for the diligent work that will pay dividends in December. Though it's hot and sunny, and friends are heading to the beach, stay focused on the task at hand and don't lose track of your training.

Don't let these hot July afternoons turn into dog days.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Canada Day!

Chandra Crawford shows the world how to sing "Oh Canada".