Monday, November 28, 2011

PNW Racing

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

Dec 31 - Mazama Ski Rodeo - Skate 10K
Jan 1  - Methow Valley Biathlon - Pursuit Format
Jan 7/8 - Bend OR JOQ - Jr Qual and PNSA Masters Championships
Jan 14 - Leavenworth Skirennen - Skate 10K
Jan 14 - Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet - 36K Classic - Salmon Arm BC
Jan 15  - Kongsberger Gunnar Hagen Memorial - Classic 30K or 15K
Jan 21/22 - Methow Valley Pursuit - Classic Individual Start, Skate Pursuit
Jan 21/22 - Methow Valley Biathlon Bang  - WBA Series Events
Jan 29 - Teacup Classic - 30K Classic at Mt Hood
Feb 4/5 - Bavarian Cup JOQ - Leavenworth Jr Qual
Feb 11/12 WA Biathlon Race Weekend - Mass Start; Super Sprint
Feb 19 - Kongsberger Stampede -  15K Skate
Feb 18 - Tour of the Methow Valley - Noncompetitive 80K Tour
Feb 12 - Spokane Langlauf - Classic 10K
Feb 18/19 Spokane  JOQ - 2 day Pursuit
Feb 25/26 WA Biathlon Race Weekend - Sprint, Pursuit
Mar 10/11 WA Biathlon Race Weekend - Individual; Super Sprint
Mar 11  - Kongsberger Ozbaldy - Skate 50K
Mar 18 - Cascade Crest - Skate 30K

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Feeding Time

Again this year, the 'groom-box' is back on the Goat Creek Trail in Mazama.       For the past 10 years or so, I've kept a box at the side of the ski trail, behind our house, with treats for the groomer.    Usually a few cookies; but sometimes there are surprises.  When we moved from our old house a few years ago, the groom-box moved with us.

Treat the groomer well.   Early season snow on the Goat Creek Trail.
Grooming is off to an early start this year.  The trails saw the Pisten-Bully for the first time yesterday, after being rolled out with a snowmobile for a few days.    The MVSTA trails are now officially open for the season!

When the red flag is up on the trailside box, it certainly gets the attention of the groomer and hopefully the sugar keeps them alert as they lay the carefully carved corduroy.    This ski season is off to a great early start in the Methow Valley.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Schedule

Franz Goering
Photo:  Atomic Skis, GEPA/Felix Roittner
Thanksgiving is coming up. Here's an update on the schedule for Nordic Ultratune.

The shop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 24th. Skis that arrive on Wednesday or earlier will still be in the normal stone grinding batch to be shipped out on Monday Nov 28th.

Nordic Ultratune is closed every week on Tues/Wed, and the Thanksgiving week is the same -- this means I'll get 3 days off! (no worries, FedEx and UPS deliver even when the shop is closed)

To repeat - the stone grinding schedule carries on without interruption. Nordic Ultratune places a big emphasis on getting skis serviced and returned in the shortest time possible.

Here's what the stone grinding schedule looks like for the next few weeks:
  • Skis in by Nov 24th will ship out on Nov 28th
  • Skis in by Dec 1st will ship out on Dec 12th and arrive to you by Dec 8th
  • Skis arriving by Dec 8th will ship back out on Dec 19th
  There is plenty of time to get a fast stone grind on your cross country skis before the season really gets moving!     Why wait? here for workorder form download.

November 2011 Nordic Ultratune Newsletter
A lot more than I can post here. It's a twelve page newsletter with lots of good information. Take a look (click here).

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We're On Snow

Temps at -2C, grip with Rode Violet Multigrade
Lots of people have been asking if we're skiing here yet.    The answer is YES!

Although there have been some groomed tracks for several days, I finally got out today for some laps on the classic tracks at Lone Fir Campground, an early season option in the North Cascades, a few miles east of Washington Pass.

And very sunny...
As the snows move down the mountain toward the valley floor, the grooming moves down the mountain, too.    If the weather forecast is accurate, we should be skiing at Klipchuck in a few days, which allows for  longer and more interesting loops.      The season is really here now.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November 2011 Nordic Ultratune Newsletter

Lots more than I can post here.    It's 14 pages of news and info.    Take a look (click here).

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Forecast Calls for Snow

Snow arrived early in the east, and in Colorado, and Alaskans are already skiing on good snow.   So I'm happy to see that snow is finally on the way to us here in the Methow Valley.

Most mornings are well below freezing now, so when the precipitation arrives, it should be in the form of snow!   Bring it on.