It'll be a furious pace, but I'm ready for it. September is set to be busier than ever at Nordic Ultratune.
New skis will be arriving from Rossignol, Madshus, and Atomic. These require sorting and inspection and testing so that pre-season ski orders can be filled. The new skis are picked and prepped well in advance of the coming season. Fast skis for everyone! But it takes careful work.
The new Mantec grinder will be arriving. Installation, set-up, and an on-site visit from the Mantec experts are all part of the game plan. Preparation in the shop has been going on through the summer with work space changes to accomodate the new machine.
Surgery for Margaret. My wife will be getting back surgery in September to replace a damaged lumbar disk. She injured her back in 1987, and has had a progressive deterioration of one disk. This will be replaced with an artificial disk, and she expects to be back on skis this winter! That's her skating in the picture, and she's really looking forward to being able to classic ski again.
Shop hours at the store will resume in late September. As always, I continue to do service work through the "off season", and then the store opens in late September with regular business hours for walk-in customers. Although we don't get snow in the Methow Valley until November, things are busy enough to require my full time attention by the tail end of September.
Today its 96F at our house. But I'm already thinking about snow. The second picture is the big meadow (Foster's Field) near our house.