Saturday, October 30, 2010

Methow Valley Nordic's 14th Annual Ski Ball

If you're anywhere near Winthrop, WA on November 13th, then please plan to attend the 14th Annual Ski Ball.

The annual Ski Ball is the big soiree and fund-raiser for the Methow Valley Nordic Junior Team.  

This year's theme is "Winter Dreams", with dinner and dancing to the tunes of "Honey and the Killer Bees".     There will be a silent and live auctions, with all kinds of great things to bid on.    Dress up and make an evening of it!

This is a really easy way to support the juniors!    You'll have fun, and the cost is no more than you'd spend on any date.    

Our juniors are the future of the sport.    Come out and show your support and have a great time!

I'll see you there!

Details:   5:30 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn on Saturday, Nov 13th.

For info call Janice at 509.341.4400  or check out the MV Nordic web site.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pacific Northwest Events

I thought it would be worthwhile to compile a list of upcoming events for the Pacific Northwest.

Dec 19 - MBSEF Pategonia Pursuit - 6K-CL / 12K-SK
Jan 1 - Mazama Ski Rodeo - Skate 10K
Jan 8/9 - Bend OR JOQ  - MBSEF race weekend
Jan 15 - Leavenworth Skirennen - Skate 10K
Jan 16 - Kongsberger Gunnar Hagen Memorial - Classic 30K & 10K
Jan 29/30 - Leavenworth Bavarian Cup -  TBD technique and distance
Feb 5/6 - Methow Valley JOQ - Skate Sprint & Classic Distance
Feb 13 - Spokane Langlauf - Classic 10K
Feb 19 - Tour of the Methow Valley - Noncompetitive 80K Tour
Feb 20 - Kongsberger Stampede - Skate 15K
Mar 3-10 - Masters World Cup - at Sovereign Lake, B.C. Canada
Mar 19 - Cascade Crest - Skate 30K at Mt Bachelor
Mar 20 - Kongsberger Ozbaldy - Skate 50K

Even though it's late October, there are some events that aren't nailed-down yet.   As a result, this list isn't really complete.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mountain Snow!

The season's first big mountain snowstorm is upon us!  

Dust off the rock skis, and get ready to blow off a little bit of the pre-season steam.     If the NWS prediction is correct, there will be enough snow to make some early season tracks at nearby Washington Pass.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Glide Wax App for iPhone

Hey, check out this iPhone utility!

The Nordic Glide Wax utility for iPhone and iPod Touch, provides glide wax recommendations (Swix, Toko, and Solda) based on temperature, snow type, and humidity.

It's similar to on-line wax advice utilities, but this tool resides on your iPhone and can be used anywhere. Plus, it handles recommendations for all three brands at the same time, so you can mix and match based on your preference or based on what you've got in your wax box.

The Nordic Glide Wax utility (this goes to iTunes site) was created by Brian Drye. It's only 99 cents! If you've got an iPhone or an iPod Touch, then you ought to give it a try.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A View of the Process

Torin Koos came into the shop a couple of times while I was working on his skis in September.    He brought a camera with him and asked a few questions.    It was casual, with no script, no prepared questions, and certainly no rehearsal.

The video clip is Torin's concept, and his production entirely.    I think it's good because it shows his view of what's interesting and important at Nordic Ultratune.  Take a look!

I think the video clip is informative.      While it isn't a complete description of what is done with each pair of skis, it does give you a good idea of the process and technology. 

A big thank you goes out to Torin.     Check him out at the Methow Olympic Development site.   Or at Torin's blog with FS.      Or at his blog with In The Arena

Monday, October 4, 2010

Greetings from Slovenia

On Sunday I received email from Barbara Jeseršek, a friend and skier from Slovenia.

Barbara is a young skier on the Slovenian World Cup team; she's 24 years old. This past winter she had a great Olympic experience that provided extra motivation to train to reach the top. Barbara races on Atomic skis. A couple of new pictures from Dachstein are here.

It was great to hear that Barbara has had an excellent summer of training and that she's motivated for the upcoming World Cup season. For Barbara, the summer training is now being replaced with on-snow training, with racing just a few weeks away.

Here's a short excerpt:

We did first period of snow training on glacier - Dachstein!! Tomorow I'm going back to Ramsau. It was nice sunny week and I was skiing in T-shirt :)

In Nowember we are going to Sjusjoen for training camp in Norway and than to Gallivare to start first WC races!!!

Barbara's email was a good reminder that the racing season is just around the corner - an idea that might seem alarming during the warm and sunny indian summer days in the west.