Monday, November 28, 2016

Brown Ground Brings Me Down

I'm always quick to post shots of early season snow, almost to the point of gloating.   Guilty.  

So I feel like it's my duty to confess to a sad state of (almost) brown ground here in town.   Winthrop and Mazama are looking a little dreary.

The past couple years we've been graced with abundant early snow, but right now I'm looking out the window at maybe 1/2 inch of white.   Not even enough to hide the brown frozen mud beneath it.

The weather forecasters let us down last week!    Forecasts of snow and more snow were a total dud, with temperatures about 10 degrees warmer than planned and we got nothing but rain and more rain.  It would be easy to blame it on Cliff Mass, but he's just the weatherman...

As I've been telling folks who have been walking into Ultratune in search of some reassurance and "low snow support", right now we aren't really late for snow (by historical measure) but we're definitely not early either.

The beautiful snow up at Washington Pass is unaccessible now, with the highway closed for the winter.     We are definitely at the end of the road for the next few months!

Meanwhile new skis are getting prepped and sent out the door (or picked up in the shop), and stone grinding continues.  

The stoke is high for winter, but the trails aren't open here in town just yet.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

More snow means better skiing!

Washington Pass got another foot and a half of snow this week, along with cooler temperatures.    Although it's just a small loop to ski on, you cannot complain about the skiing!   It's beautiful!

Washington Pass, Nov 16th
Photo credit: T Ross

Not to mention views of Liberty Bell Spires as a backdrop for skiing the tedious (not) loops.
Liberty Bell Spires casts a shadow over the
groomed loop.   Photo: T Ross

Stone Grinding Schedule

You've been training this 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.  So, typically 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 for grinding by Nov 17th will ship out on Nov 21st.
  • Skis in for grinding by Nov 25th will ship out on Nov 28th
  • Skis in for grinding by Dec 1st will ship out on Dec 5th.
  • Skis in for grinding by Dec 8th will ship out on Dec 12th.
  • Skis in by Dec 15th will ship out on Dec 19th.
Shop hours:
  • The shop s open from 11-5 on Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon every week.    Closed on Tues & Wed.
If you're in the Methow Valley, stop in and say Hi!  You can check out the selection of Madshus, Atomic and Rossignol skis and boots, and extensive supply of wax for glide or grip.

It's time for getting your skis ready for the season!