Monday, January 24, 2011

Methow Valley Pursuit

I spent Saturday morning out on the Methow Valley's race trails, helping to prepare skis for racers at the Methow Valley Pursuit.    Day 1 was a 10km individual start classic race. Conditions were hard-track klister skiing, with a track snow temperature of -4C.
Applying klister at the side of the track.
The race trails here are challenging - up and down and repeat - and good grip wax is a priority. As usual, the best skiers made it look easy. Congratulations to everyone who raced!

Results for the Methow Valley Pursuit can be found here.     And race photos can be found here for Day 1 and Day 2 photos can be found here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Wet weather fails to dampen the ski season

The Mantec Ski Numericontrol 140 at Nordic Ultratune
A warm wet "pineapple express" has brought rain and balmy weather to the inland Northwest, melting about 1/3 of our local snowpack.     Fortunately we have plenty of snow to survive this weekend warm-up, and the forecast is calling for cooler temps and a bit of fresh snow to return us to our regularly scheduled winter.      The sooner the better!

Meanwhile, the ski service work continues to churn along - it's the busiest season ever at Nordic Ultratune.    Gold, silver and bronze medals were won at the recent national championships on skis prepared on the Nordic Ultratune grinder.      The Technolami Mantec Ski Numericontrol 140 NC continues to turn out beautiful skis.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wedges for NIS?

Check out the FIS video from the Rossignol wax hut at the Tour de Ski.

Noteworthy is the presentation of wedges for NIS plates, used with skate skis.     Interesting stuff.



Of course, as long as someone is making adapters for NIS plates, why not make an adapter/wedge combo for Pilot bindings?        I guess it's asking too much to think that Salomon and Rottafella would cooperate so that the end user might benefit with a better product for everyone.

By the way, those Rossignol boots really are awesome.