Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How to make an Atomic Redster Carbons Classic

A very cool look at the manufacturing process for the Redster.

These are great skis.    You can pre-order for fall of 2017 if you'd like a carefully selected pair.   Just email for details.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Stone Grinding Schedule

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 typically 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 Feb 9th will ship out on Feb 13th.
  • Skis in by Feb 16th will ship back out on Feb 20th
  • Skis in by Feb 23rd will ship back out on Feb 27th
  • Skis in by March 2nd will ship back out on March 6th
  • Skis in by March 9th will ship back out on March 13th.
Shop hours:

  • The shop is open from 11-5 Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon each 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!

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Rendezvous Huts

    Heifer Hut
    After a long stretch from mid-December through the holidays with no real days off (sick on Christmas, bleh...), it's hard to beat spending a couple days off grid and on skis at the Rendezvous Huts.

    Cold temps - below zero fahrenheit - made it a little bit more important to get the clothing layers dialed in, but grooming was perfect, and with a freight haul to the cabin, there's no reason to miss out on creature comforts.

    So it was a great getaway to Heifer Hut, the northernmost and most remote of the five huts in the Rendezvous Huts system.     Located at about 4000 feet, it's high enough to get a bit more snow than the valley floor (which sits at elevation 1800 ft) but you certainly won't worry about dizzy spells.     It's an uphill bit of skiing to get to any of the huts, but they're all located on the groomed trail system.

    The views are fabulous.    I really can't say more than that.   Fabulous mountain views.   Different from each of the huts, but terrific everywhere.      And stars at night.   Billions and billions of them.

    The huts are heated with wood stoves, and cooking is on conventional propane kitchen stoves.     Each of the cabins sleep up to 8-10 people.     It's really a great setup.

    Each cabin has a full kitchen arrangement with pots and pans and dishes provided.   I know for sure that there are Nordic Ultratune coffee cups in a couple of the cabins.   And drinking water is plentiful and restocked daily.   There are outhouses at each hut, just a few yards out the door.     Propane lights keep the card games going into the night, and nowadays there is solar charged battery powered LED lighting as well.  

    With a group of friends sharing a cabin and the freight haul, you could even do both skate and classic skiing (classic in, and have the skaters hauled in and waiting for you!).  

    If you haven't done a trip like this, it's really worth doing.     Yeah, there are huts in other places, but where are you going to find huts that have 200 km of groomed skiing out the door?   Maybe in Norway...  ...but not so common in North America.      The Rendezvous Huts, here in the Methow Valley, are really cool, and a great way to get away from the crowds for a few days.