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Word From The Wax Bench...

Spring Skiing and Fat Biking Continues!

When the weather is constantly changing and in-between winter and spring, you don’t have to give up your daily ski or bike. In fact, if you are able to plan ahead, you might just have some of the best skiing and biking of the year!

This past weekend, was one of perfect spring skiing. Ian held a wax clinic at OO and he said this about the trail, “It was ideal spring skiing with a firm and fast deck, but not so icy that you couldn’t get an edge.” Joel also was out on the Birkie Trail and he commented that from “Hatchery to Mosquito Brook….was just super skiing!” As for the bike trails, they currently range from excellent to fair, with the fair spots being choppy, mainly from deer traffic. CAMBA-Fat posted this video that talks about the conditions in Seeley.

If the bike trail looks like this behind you, it’s time to get out of the woods and grab a latte!

Temps will be warming up in the next few days, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the trails are done for. “Based on the forecast, we will have good morning skiing and biking through late this week,” Chris says. “Friday and Saturday will be warm with overnight lows only just under freezing. What that means for skiers and bikers is to plan on getting onto the trails by 7am or 8am at the latest, getting your ski or bike in, and then prepare to be out of the woods by 9am.” Getting off of the trails before they get too mushy enables to the trails to stay in their best possible condition as long as possible. “When the trail refreezes it will be in good condition for the next outing,” Chris explains, “If you leave significant ruts with your skis or tires, that makes it incredibly difficult for users the next day. And, in extreme cases if you’re breaking through the snow into the dirt, you can even do damage to the trail bed.”  Let’s all try to be good stewards of the trails and leave them in the best possible condition for as long as possible.

You can keep up-to-date on trail conditions, grooming, and trail closures HERE for fat biking and HERE for the Birkie trail, or, feel free to give us a call at the shop. 715-634-8685. Somebody here is bound to have been out and about recently.

And, don’t fret! Even though mud season is coming up, New Moon has some fun events planned to keep you busy until the trails dry out. Check out our facebook events page-we’ll be posting soon!

Rex Clinic Recap

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting the Hecker family on behalf of Rex Ski Wax for a liquid wax clinic at the Samuel Johnson Nordic Center at OO (in our fancy smancy New Moon Wax Room no less!) Another perk of the job is that I was able to get out for a short bit to enjoy a bit of top notch spring skiing.
We sprayed, we brushed, we conquered. It was a great way to showcase what is turning out to be a paradigm shift in waxing. Jeremy Hecker led the demo, representing not only the Rex brand, but his new role as the Head Nordic Ski Coach for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The event was well attended, and we had our hands full during the whole demo, waxing skis and getting everyone up to speed on how to apply these new waxes. The trail had just been groomed on Friday, so the skiing conditions were excellent. It was ideal spring skiing with a firm and fast deck, but not so icy that you couldn’t get an edge.
Later in the afternoon we headed back to the shop for a “happy hour” with some apres ski snacks, beverages, and further wax wisdom. It was a great event to host as a follow up to our success with Rex over Birkie. Thank you to the whole Hecker family, Mike, Connie, Chris, and Jeremy for being great partners and representatives, but also for all they do in the Nordic community in our region and abroad on the World Cup circuit.
We will definitely do this event again next ski season, so keep your eyes on our events calendar in the Fall. In case this was the last weekend of truly great skiing for the season, I hope you enjoyed this winter as much as I did! -Ian

Lumi Experiences – Amazing Nordic Ski Adventures

 

All photos courtesy of LumiExperiences.com

Back in the fall, we featured an article about Lumi Experiences, a company founded by New Moon alum and cross country Olympian Garrott Kuzzy. Lumi Experiences offers cross country ski vacations to some of the world’s renowned destinations and events. All photos are courtesy of  LumiExperiences.com

Just in case you’ve been dreaming of a fully-curated Nordic Ski vacation of your own, take a look at some of these amazing photos of Lumi’s trip to the 2019 Nordic World Championships. Caution, skier or not, these pics are normally the stuff of dreams. But they are all, indeed, up close and very real! Look closely and you might recognize a few faces. Enjoy!

 

 

Upcoming trips for 2020 include Dresden to the Dolomites and the Ober Trip, which includes the Oberstdorf World Cup and the Konig Ludwig Lauf Worldloppet. The Ober Trip benefits the National Nordic Foundation, an organization that makes sure up-and-coming skiers have the high-quality racing and training opportunities required to be successful. Lumi Experiences has been able to donate over $16,000 to the NNF, supporting athletic excellence in developing US Nordic athletes.

They can even plan a custom trip just for you and include the places and events you’ve always wanted to visit. Here’s what New Moon customers Mike and Jane Mandli said about their trip to Tyrol with Lumi Experiences:

“The trip had an exceptionally talented group of trip leaders. It was well-planned and full of fun surprises that enhanced the experience. Sledding was a hoot, and skiing to our hotel afterwards was awesome. I love the Dolomites and the Tyrol. Austrian curling was a blast. First class care and attention to detail made this a trip of a lifetime for us.” 

 

You can find Lumi Experiences on their website or Facebook page. If 2020 is the year you want to experience amazing race access, rub shoulders with WC coaches and athletes, and ski on fresh corduroy under snow-capped peaks, contact Garrott (at left).

Take advantage of Lumi’s expertise in cross country skiing and professional travel design. They take care of the details and logistics so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. Have fun…and send back pics!

 

2019 FAT BIKE BIRKIE Preview!

Oh yeah, it’s time for that annual, bouncy-tire, bike party we all know as the FAT BIKE BIRKIE! There are some new twists this year and even more fun, prizes, yummies to be had. Here are a few notable items. Lets roll with Joe V, Ben Popp and yours truly…

1. Bib pick and Expo – Great Hall, Birkie Start Area. New Moon will be on hand Friday and Saturday supporting our great partners TOKO Gloves,  GU Energy Labs, and new this year, Anderson’s Maple Syrup Pure Fuel energy food.

TOKO: Take advantage of great deals on premier TOKO fat biking gloves and accessories. Keep those paws warm & have more fun! Meet US TOKO brand manager, Ian Harvey, one of the nicest, most knowledgeable people in the world of aerobic winter fun!

GU ENERGY: Dennis Porter from GU will help you formulate an energy plan for your race day. GU features a wide variety of energy nutrition focused on aerobic athletes. What’s your race energy plan?

ANDERSON’S PURE FUEL: New Moon is proud to partner with Wisconsin’s leading Maple Syrup producer, Anderson’s. Pure Fuel is 100% pure, USDA Organic Maple Syrup specially packaged in convenient, biker and skier-friendly packets, like other popular energy gels. Pure Fuel is the natural (and yummy) way to fuel your race!

2. New Moon FREE DIY S’MORES TENT. That’s right – S’mores. We’re bustin’ out the fire ring and the marshmallows for some tasty, sweet treats. Why, you ask? Because we can! Look for the New Moon tent right outside the Great Hall Friday and Saturday. We can gather ’round the fire and share our race stories!

 

3. All new, non-competitive “10K FAT BIKE TOUR”: In attrition to the popular, 47K and 21K races, a fun 10K has been added for newer riders or those looking for a less demanding option. The Tour will surely be a hit! Don’t be fooled though, it’s still a hilly course!

4. Specialized Fat Bike Demo Tent: Just like candy, but you get to ride it. Test out some sweet, carbon-fiber, 1X12, FAT-TIRE goodness from global bike leader, Specialized. On hand will be FATBOY Comp and FATBOY Experts in all sized. Be sure to reserve a test time! 5. After Party Fundraiser: New Moon and Specialized have teamed up to offer a lucky raffle winner a 2019 Specialized FATBOY SE! This FATBOY is snow-ready with tubeless-ready rims, 4.6″ tires and a 1X drivetrain ready to gobble the steepest climbs! A $1600 value! Just one of many other great prizes to be given away or auctioned that evening! All proceeds go directly to CAMBA FAT grooming efforts. It will be a blast!

6. Free Beer and Brats With GU & New Moon. And if all this fun isn’t qiute enough, Stop in at New Moon Sunday to help us celebrate the launch of GU’s all-new, craft-beer-centric energy gel flavor, “Hoppy Trails”! We’ll be sampling the new flavor along with Wisconsin Brats and Beer from local brewmeisters, Angry Minnow Brewery – all for FREE! Our resident beer expert, Ian Finch, noted that Hoppy Trails is “…quite delicious and sure to motivate thirsty, beer-loving racers to the finish line!” See you at New Moon Sunday!

One last look at the amazing 2018 race:

Good luck and see you at the start!

– Chris

 

Birkie Week Special Guests

Birkie Week at the Moon is always full of surprises, and 2019 is no exception. Outrageous sales…check; great camaraderie…check. We’ve even got some special guests you’re gonna definitely hang out with.

 

First up, is Leena Peltonen, CEO and Co-Owner of Rex Ski Wax. Rex is one of the most successful wax companies in Nordic, and with her at the helm, Rex has been on the cutting edge of wax technology. Leena will be in and out Weds. through Fri. talking wax, but will be sitting down with customers on THURSDAY FROM 3-6 for more of an in-depth audience.

 

Next, on FRIDAY FROM 4-6, JOIN GU Energy Labs for an inspiring and fun evening with ultra runner Rob Krar and cyclist Willie Stewart. Rob and Willie will both be competing in the Birkie on Saturday. Come learn how they fuel for endurance events. Enjoy beer from Angry Minnow and get a sneak preview of GU’s newest energy gel, launching March 1.

Lastly, on Sunday, New Moon invites you to be our special guests! Bring in your bib for a beverage and brat. Tell us your Birkie story, and enjoy some Birkie Love!

Can’t wait to see you here at New Moon over Birkie Week!

 

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