The pace has already picked up, but I'm ready. This autumn is busier than ever at Nordic Ultratune. Service work is in full swing NOW! It's a good time to tune up the skis.
I'll be flying to Utah to select the new Atomic skis at the Ogden warehouse, and Rossignol skis just down the street, during the first week of October. Madshus skis come from Seattle, and I work closely with the folks there (Jeremy, Peter and Van) to get the right skis for Ultratune.
All the new skis 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.
If you'd like to get onto the pick list for a new pair of skate or classic skis, it's not too late! Email me right away so that I can get details (height, weight, preferences, etc) needed to pick you a great pair of skis.
Here's a profile shot of one of the Rossignol WCS skate skis (on the flex tester). You can see the wedge-shaped profile, which lowers the heel by a few millimeters. Others are using plastic wedges mounted beneath the bindings to achieve the same thing - but Rossignol's getting it done without adding gadgets and weight. Rossignol's new boots have a lowered heel to further increase the effect. Nice.
The Nordic Ultratune shop - the windows and doors and walls and merchandise - is almost ready to open for the fall and winter. Officially, the store will resume the normal fall and winter hours on Thursday, September 27th. Shop hours are 11 - 5 on Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon. I'm often in the shop much longer than that (most of the grinding work is done when the shop is not open).
Although we don't get snow in the Methow Valley until November, things are busy enough to require my full time attention well in advance.
Today its sunny and warm at home, but with smoke from the eastern Washington forest fires (it's in the news all over, I guess). But I'm already thinking about snow. The picture to the left is the big meadow (Foster's Field) near my house.