Thursday, October 25, 2012

Skiing at Washington Pass with Caitlin Gregg

Here's a clip of Caitlin and Brian skiing at Washington Pass, here in the the Methow Valley.

Caitlin sent this note:

Hi Mark,

Yesterday was the earliest on snow skiing for me in 5 years. It was awesome!!! Dave Ford set some tracks around the Washing Pass overlook road. There was only about 6-8" total but it firmed up for some nice skiing in the afternoon. I started on fish scales but quickly switched to waxable skis. Next time I will bring my good skis. I am excited to be testing grinds with you again this year. Super pumped to now have the S1 on my favorite pair of skis. Here is some video of the first ski of the year. We were so excited to ski that we didn't get many pictures.

Thanks, Caitlin


Are you looking for some new skis?     Check out our available new skis from Atomic, Madshus, and Rossignol.

The hand picked ski program continues for the 2012/13 season.   You get the skis you want, selected for you, from the best possible selection.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

October Stone Grinding Schedule

You've been training this summer and fall to get the most from your skiing, so make sure your skis aren't a limiter.

Prepare all of your skis to run their best with a fresh grind and hotbox service. At Nordic Ultratune, a grind batch starts every Thursday and those skis are ready for shipping on the following Monday -- just 4 days later.

Return shipping is typically FedEx Express Saver, which is 3rd day delivery. So, skis that are shipped out on Monday will arrive back to you on Thursday.

Here's the upcoming service schedule at Nordic Ultratune. Use these dates to make sure you get your skis ready before your most important races.
  • Skis in by Oct 11th will ship out on Oct 15th and arrive back to you by the 18th.
  • Skis in by Oct 18th will ship out on Oct 22nd.
  • Skis in by Oct 24th will ship out on Oct 29th.
  • Skis in by Nov 1st will ship out on Nov 5th.
  • Skis in by Nov 8th will ship out on Nov 12th.
  • Skis in by Nov 15th will ship out on Nov 19th.
You can see that there are still service batches scheduled before the big Thanksgiving week training camps (and races...). There is still time to get a fast grind on your skis before the season kicks off! But don't delay... boards are a joy to ski on, and they're a real advantage.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Ski Selection Trip to Ogden

Getting picky while picking.
Last week I took a quick trip to Ogden, UT, to pick skis at Atomic & Rossignol.  Ultratune has a lot of beautiful new skis on the way.   The first stop was Rossignol, working with Ryan Green, on the 7th, and things went really smoothly.     I didn't get all the skis I wanted for inventory, but all the pairs I picked are very nice.    I picked all pairs to be matched within 1 kg.  

On Thursday, I picked skis at Atomic's warehouse.    This year Rick Halling was out of town, so I worked on my own to pick through the huge inventory that they've got in the facility.    I've done the trip to the Atomic warehouse a few years in a row, and apparently they're confident that I won't mess anything up.  

This year's Atomic skis look particularly good.    The introduction of the new hard track skate ski the Atomic SDS Classic ski gave added reason to take a careful look at the ski picks.

The Atomic warehouse is quite tidy and well organized - for a warehouse - but the lighting is still a little dim.  

I start with a pick list, then make preliminary selections from a huge rack of skis that are sorted by model and size.  Each of these pairs is then unwrapped, tested for a few key parameters, and repacked.   The pair is either saved or returned to the rack.  This process makes sure that I get the spectrum of flexes that I need, and also screens out a few pairs that I don't find satisfactory.  

Some of the Ultratune picks.
It's not particularly exciting work, at least not after getting through the first dozen pairs or so, but very worthwhile. Careful measurements for sure, and reassuring to know that I get exactly what I want for the pre-ordered skis and also for the shop inventory.

After picking all the skis, they get checked by warehouse staff, then packed for immediate FedEx shipment to Ultratune. With a little luck, they'll arrive at the shop before Oct 11th.

Check out Ultratune's new ski program, and let me know if you'd like a pair selected for you!  Send an email with questions or to be added to the pick list.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012