Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sticky falling new snow

I went out to ski today.    Sticky falling new snow at 32 degrees.

So I took a pair of the Atomic C9 Redster Skintec skis.     They were close to ideal.    Certainly they had good grip and good glide the whole time out, whereas I don't think I could have gotten a grip wax or even Zero skis to handle the spectrum of conditions that I skied through in two hours of warming temps and falling snow.

When I started out the snow was falling dry, but air temp was 32F.   As my morning continued, the falling snow became wet, then eventually the snow stopped and the tracks were alternately glazed or filled in with a stew of powder and crud.     But the skins didn't ice up, and I continued along on my way through the woods and open meadows on Jack's Loop in the Early Winters area.

Now, with skin ski technology vastly improved over the skis from just a couple years ago, the top end skin skis on the market are more than just an "alternative".     And the skis will just continue to improve as demand and awareness continues to grown throughout Europe and North America.

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 Jan 18th will ship back out on Jan 22nd.
  • Skis in by Jan 25th will ship back out on Jan 29th.
  • Skis in by Feb 1st will ship back out on Feb 5th
  • Skis in by Feb 8th will ship back out on Feb 12th
  • Skis in by Feb 15th will ship back out on Feb 19th.
  • Skis in by Feb 22nd will ship back out on Feb 26th.
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 biggest races of the season!

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