Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Morning Classic Skiing in the North Cascades

The standard iPhone shot.
Early morning skiing here in the Methow Valley.    Classic striding on START Blue hard wax, temperature of about 18F.    There's about 2 feet of snow on the Pass Highway and classic tracks set from Silverstar Gate to well beyond Cutthroat Creek.  

Music, coffee, and views on the commute to the trailhead.

Some alpine touring skiers are using this section to access the high country, so there are a few of their skidoo tracks nearby, but they're good neighbors and aren't wiping out the set classic tracks.

From Lone Fir looking up toward Washington Pass.

Ski Service and Schedule Note


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 Nov 30th will ship out on Dec 3rd and arrive by Dec 6th.
  • Skis in by Dec 6th will ship out on Dec 10th and arrive by Dec 13th.
There is still time to get a fast grind on your skis before the season kicks off! But don't delay...   ...fast boards are a joy to ski on, and they're a real advantage.

Note that I'll be at the World Cup races in Canmore providing ski service for Slovenia in mid-December, so there will be a one-week delay on grinding service during that time!



Monday, November 19, 2012

Skiing in the Methow Valley

Plenty of snow at the Methow Valley's Washington Pass. 
Skiing on Rode Super Blue.  Snow falling...
I was caught in the act:  applying grip wax in falling snow in a parking lot.    Good conditions for classic skiing; skating is a little soft but not too bad.      Using good skis?   You bet!

Monday Update:    Washington DOT is closing Washington Pass today.    30 inches of snow there now, and another foot expected today.     There should be grooming closer to town... 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bluebird Ski Days at Silver Star

Sovereign Lake Nordic Center at Silver Star Mountain
I got a quick report and a couple pics from Sam Naney (Methow Olympic Development) today.     Sam went to Silver Star early to get some solid training days on snow, and then he'll head for West Yellowstone races if they get enough snow there to hold the events.

Here's what Sam has to say:

Hi Mark, 
Conditions up here at Silver Star are great, especially as compared to the rest of the country. I've been skiing about 3-4 hours per day at Sovereign Lakes Nordic Center, on race skis, no less! The snow is nice, dry packed powder and my S1 skaters and XC02s on the powder classic skis are running GREAT. There's more snow predicted for the next few days and I'll be here until Monday morning so there's plenty of time to log some kilometers before heading to Montana and the unknown conditions thereabouts.
Meanwhile, it's quinoa and dried fruit for sustenance, and lots of reading (Canadian cable T.V. ain't the finest). 
Hope all's well with you, 
Sam




Thursday, November 15, 2012

Greggs in Bozeman / Bohart

Brian showing the Ultratune love.

I got a short note from Brian and Caitlin.   They're skiing at Bohart Ranch near Bozeman, MT.    Conditions are great there, but to the south at West Yellowstone things aren't quite ready for prime time.   Hopefully, West will get a bit more snow in the next few days.

"Bluebird day at Bohart Ranch in Montana today. Perfect kick. The tracks are a few days old, but the skate platform was all rolled today. We skied in the fresh dusting of snow in the tracks. Enjoying training on good skis. Keeping it easy and feeling more comfortable by the hour."  -Brian Gregg

Are you heading to ski at Silver Star or West Yellowstone?   Are your skis ready?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

First Valley Snow

Monday morning in Mazama, WA.
Monday morning was greeted with our first snow on the valley floor.    A blanket of 4 inches covered the Methow Valley pretty uniformly from Lost River to Elbow Coulee.  

There's not enough to ski yet, although there are groomed tracks a half-hour away at Washington Pass.

Keeping a pair of "rock skis" in the shed is a good idea if you've got a passion for skiing; some old skis with trashed bases that allow you to satisfy the urge to ski even though you know that there's not enough snow on the trails.

This early drop really gets everyone wired for the imminent ski season.      It's too late to start roller-skiing now;  it's time to get out there in the snow!

There will be groomed tracks soon.  Are you ready?   Are your skis ready?


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stone Grinding Schedule for November

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 by FedEx.

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 Nov 8th will ship out on Nov 12th and arrive by Nov 15th.
  • Skis in by Nov 15th will ship out on Nov 19th and arrive by the 23rd (the 22nd is a holiday).
  • Skis in by Nov 22 will ship out on Nov 26th and arrive by the 30th .
  • Skis in by Nov 30th will ship out on Dec 3rd and arrive by Dec 6th.
  • Skis in by Dec 6th will ship out on Dec 10th and arrive by Dec 13th.
You can see that there are still a little time 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... ...fast boards are a joy to ski on, and they're a real advantage.

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