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Spring Skiing & Fat Biking?? Well, Yeahhh!

Friday, March 15, 2019:

We are keeping our fingers crossed here at New Moon for our favorite skiing and biking on the year. We seem to have weathered the big thaw, (no pun intended) with a lot of snow pack intact! Now we wait for temps to slowly creep back below freezing. As of this morning, brisk winds have locked in out of the NW are we even received a skiff of new snow overnight. Click below for the live video feed from the Birkie Start.

The weather forecast bodes well for weekend skiing and fat biking and continued good trails into next week. Regular freeze/thaw cycles are expected for the area. That will set up ideal trail conditions for both skiers and fat bikers:

Of vital importance, though, is that trail users – skiers, bikers, and snowshoers – watch the forecast and temps and get out EARLY on the warm days. Skis and bikes will leave irreparable damage if one goes out on soft snow late in the day. Stay off the soft trails!

NO NO NO! This bike and walker damage is nearly impossible for groomers to fix. Wait for the trail to freeze before you go!

Don’t miss out on the best trails for the winter season. Feel free to call New Moon or stop in the shop for the latest on our trail conditions. Users can also look at Birkie’s current trail updates for the scoop from the Birkie Grooming Crew. Birkie makes regular trail updates. Check this page often:

For fat bike conditions, CAMBA posts recent groomer reports as well:


Fat Bike Demo Fleet Liquidation Sale!

It’s that time again when we have to clean up and make room for our upcoming summer season. That means we need to find new homes for our winter fat bike rental and demo fleet.


We are offering our used Specialized Fatboy SEs at $1100, discounted from $1600. These Fatboys are equipped with up-to-date, industry-standard 150mm front spacing and 197mm rear spacing for maximum compatibility with fat biking components and clearance for all fat bike tire sizes 3.5″ all the way up to 5″. These are even capable of accepting 27.5 fat bike wheels if a rider were to want that. Riders will find our demos ready for snow riding with Specialized 4.6″ Ground Control Tires mounted on Specialized Tubeless-Ready Fat Rims! That’s a huge plus for more technically inclined riders. Mechanical Disc Brakes and Shimano 1×10 shifting round out a really great package for launching into fat biking!

Got Kids? No problem! We even have 20″ Fatboy and 24″ Fatboy demo bikes on sale for the little ones!

We are only offering in-store pickup with all Specialized bike purchases, no mail order shipping. So, plan a fun trip to Hayward to play on the trail, enjoy the area, and pick up your new fat bike! Call anytime with questions: 715-634-8685.


Trailside Liquid Wax Demo With Rex Wax – 3/16 11am-2pm

We’re not done with winter just yet…

Come learn about the liquid revolution in waxing with Rex Wax of Finland!

The Hecker family of Nordic Sports International, our distributor partners, will be joining us to showcase product during an on snow waxing demo at OO Trailhead from 11AM-2PM.

Then come down to New Moon for a “happy hour” from 4PM-6PM featuring some light snacks and beverages along with a brief presentation and Q & A about Rex product, focusing on some of their new liquid waxes with discounts available. Jeremy Hecker will be on hand, representing not only Rex Wax, but as the Head Nordic Ski Coach for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, so if you’ve got some prospective young skiers, he will be available to chat about their program and competitive collegiate skiing.

If you’re new to the liquid glide wax revolution, here’s a quick read on Liquid Waxing from this season. Have a look and come on up to OO Saturday, March 16th! See you there!

Big Fun at the ’19 Fat Bike Birkie!

Yes, the Fat Bike Birkie is a race, but like the American Birkebeiner, it’s so much more. The more, in this case, is FUN – pure and silly fun.

Rollin out in the 2019 FBB! Photo: American Birkie (ABSF)
Keep ‘er movin… Photo: ABSF


Ian,  Dusty, and LJ from the shop took on the 21K race. Each had a unique approach to their plan, fashion plan, that is. Dusty stormed his way to 13th overall and 2nd in age with a conservative and safe outfit. Next, LJ donned the semi-retro, early 2000s, New Moon ski suit for a speedy 34th overall and 3 in age. Last and certainly not least, Ian busted out an awesome mustache and the uber-retro, early 90s, New Moon ski suit in a truly bold fashion statement. Ian breezed his way through the hilly course to the top spot in the biggest smile category.

Ian is so ready… and so retro.
Ooh la la!
LJ is all smiles after the 21K.
Not too shabby on a borrowed bike.
The Dale bros and Kristina Morse chillin’ before awards.

Mild temps made for tricky conditions for many with the firm track breaking down for later riders. Exhaustion however gave way to a festive atmosphere as good food and beverage refueled racers. Of particular interest were demo bikes from fat bike companies, energy food samples, and New Moon’s S’mores Tent. In Keeping with cycling tradition, podium presentations were grand, complete with ceremonial champagne for the champions!

Scary. Photo: ABSF
21K women’s Champ, Kristina Morse atop the podium. Photo: ABSF
Refueling time. Photo: ABSF
47K lead pack passes through Boedecker checkpoint. Photo: Kelly Randolph
Fast food. Photo: ABSF
New Moon S’mores crew.
So many flavors…
Mmmm good!
It couldn’t happen without them! Photo: ABSF

Later that evening, CAMBA held another highly successful annual, Fat Bike Birkie Fundraiser at the Sawmill Saloon. Thanks to dozens of prize donations from vendors and sponsors, over $11,000 was raised for the CAMBA Fat Bike Fund, ensuring world-class fat bike grooming for next season in our area.

Birkie Events Director, Kristy Maki, wins the Specialized Fatbike at the CAMBA fundraiser.

To cap off the weekend, New Moon held a Sunday-Funday Beer and Brat session back at the shop celebrating the launch of the all-new GU Energy Gel flavor, Hoppy Trails. This will be a fave for craft beer lovers!

LJ gives beer and brats two thumbs up.

If weather holds, CAMBA Fat Bike Trails should have good, late-season fat biking for a while. If you want to give this fat thing a try, we’re still renting fat bikes as long as trail conditions allow. Or, pull the trigger and buy one of our rental fat bikes now! These 2019 Specialized Fatboy SE rentals are reduced to $1100 and are ready to tackle the trails, snow or dirt. Call us to check 715-634-8685 availability.

Rent – buy – enjoy a fat bike today!



Spring into Savings with Auclair Gloves

Auclair Performace Gloves have been a mainstay in Canada, sponsoring winter athletes since the 1970s. Auclair works directly with skiers like cross country ski champion Alex Harvey, getting their feedback on products throughout their off-season training and during in-season preparation for world-class competition. These insights allow Auclair to push research and development to new heights.

One of their sponsored athletes, mogul gold medalist Mikael Kingsbury says this about Auclair gloves, “I’ve been called the most accomplised mogul skier of all time, but that doesn’t matter. There’s always someone raising the bar. The point is to keep excelling, keep getting better, in all respects of your life. Auclair gets that, and keeps making gloves to match…Auclair has that winning attitude. They never stop trying to improve what they do.”

New Moon is proud to be part of Auclair’s mission of “Born to Perform,” whether you are taking first in your age group or taking your first ski. Auclair gloves “performed” tremendously at the American Birkebeiner this year. If you haven’t yet experienced Auclair’s state-of -the-art technology, protection, and comfort, now is the right time1! We are offering a variety of Auclair gloves and mitts at 40% off!

    First up is the Pinery! Whether you prefer a glove, split mitt, or glove, the weight and features of the Pinery will keep your hands covered. and cool graphics set them apart from the rest of your gloves. The Pinery is a midweight model with 70g of Thinsulate and thermal foam to keep your hands at just the right temperature. The wind-resistant layer on the back of the hand is laminated to the Lycra shell, so there’s no bunching or uneven protection. The lining is soft and brushed, not only providing supreme comfort, but allowing moisture to wick away from your hands, keeping them dry and warm. Other features include a nylon knit cuff with a bound hem, silicone fingertip grippers and palm/thumb reinforcement. Plus, you can’t beat the cool snowflake sublimated graphics! At only $36 or $37.50, it’s a great time to get on board with Auclair.

We’ve also got a lighter-weight model called the Capreol. The Capreol is being offered at an amazingly affordable $15! It has 40g of Thinsulate for a touch of warmth as well as a soft, brushed lining, acrylic knit cuff and reinforced index finger and thumb. Simple, solid lightweight protection.

Finally, we still have Gatineau models available in both gloves and split mitts. These are also midweight with 70g of insulation, similar to the Pinery but with different graphics.

Auclair athlete and Canadian skiing phenom, Alex Harvey.

Check out all of our gloves, as well as other sale items online here. Award-winning cross country skier, Alex Harvey says it best, “Auclair has been there every step of the way-they get it like few others.” New Moon hopes to be there for all your spring skiing needs. Give us a call if you have any questions, and take advantage of the sale while supplies last!



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