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Word From The Wax Bench...

What’s in a Wave?

Elite skiers head up the powerline. Photo: Judy Krueger

Although I’ve never skied in any of the Birkie events, I’ve been involved somehow for over 20 years: as a reporter, photographer, spectator, support crew, and child wrangler. I’ve interviewed participants, watched them on the trail during the race, and listened to their stories in the shop after the events. Over the years, it has become very evident that each of the Birkie waves has a distinct personality. Have you noticed it while you were watching or as you were skiing? Continue reading What’s in a Wave?

Trail Report – 1/31/18

Ski Trails:

Our area had a brief warm-up last Friday. Trails glazed up a bit, but were otherwise undamaged. Sub-zero temps have since returned and groomers are busy renovating the trails. Cold temps are forecast for this week and trails should return to excellent condition shortly.

Birkie’s Easy Strider trail at OO – a low difficulty option for classic only. 1/16/18 Photo: Ned Zuelsdorff

The latest field notes from the Birkie team:

Tu, 1.30.18 – (1:00PM) – Today we took another pass grooming and tracking the Birkie Skate trail from American Birkebeiner TH to OO.  Birkie Ridge and the loops at OO were also groomed and tracked.  Great skiing on the loops at OO and north of OO!  Enjoy! Continue reading Trail Report – 1/31/18

Super Bowl Birkie!

If you haven’t seen this yet, The Birkie Bridge has made the trip to downtown Minneapolis for the 2018 Superbowl Festivities. Add to that nearly a kilometer of manmade snow and a Pisten Bully Groomer and you have the makings for a midwest-style winter party! Here, Birkie Director, Ben Popp, and John Munger with the Loppet Foundation give you the lowdown on ski and fat bike activities taking place around the bridge. And, don’t worry, the Mpls Friday melt did not affect Hayward; we have all of our snow, still.

The Birkie Bridge takes over downtown Minneapolis for Superbowl festivities.  Video: ABSF

It’s fitting that a part of the “Super Bowl of skiing” will be part of the “other” Super Bowl. We just ask one thing – PLEASE, PLEASE  bring it back to Hayward for the 2018 Birkie!

Birkie Fever, baby!  -Chris

Simplify Your Fluoros and Save Your Skis!

Toko Wax is known for their simple and practical approach toward waxing and ski prep. Here, Ian Harvey, Toko US Brand Manager, reviews a universal fluoro application technique for Toko Jetstream Bloc based on extensive, on-snow testing.

Toko’s Ian Harvey explains simple and reliable Jetstream Bloc fluoro application.

Most importantly, Ian uses a  fiber buffer (aka “Fiberlene”) to protect the skis from overheating. Continue reading Simplify Your Fluoros and Save Your Skis!

Seeley Hills & Birkie Tour Wax Clinics

The infamous Seeley Start Crash, 2006. Photo: Skinnyski/J.Wenner

New Moon’s annual race wax clinics kick off this Friday, 1/12 at 4pm with waxing presentations from Fast Wax founder, Dan Meyer and 3-time Olympian and Toko Wax ambassador, John Bauer. Brush-up (pun) on your waxing knowledge and skills with these wax experts in our cozy shop. Still cold from the arctic cold snap? We’ll have the wood stove going, too! Continue reading Seeley Hills & Birkie Tour Wax Clinics

2018 Moonie Resolutions

-Judy Young

I haven’t made many New Year’s resolutions in the past-it seems a little pointless to organize my own impending failure, but this year, New Moon is all about the resolutions. Whether one of our promises will help make 2018 a better year for ourselves or a better year for the planet, maybe it is best to start out the year with some fresh goals. Check out what some Moonies want to bring to 2018 and then comment to tell us how you are planning to spend the year ahead. Continue reading 2018 Moonie Resolutions

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