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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!

Speed Into Spring – Specialized Style

Even Californians get pumped about the seasonal change into spring, and bikes are definitely on our brains now as we watch the snow start to really fade away. To help spur on those new bike desires, Specialized has launched their largest spring sales promotion ever, the “Speed into Spring Sale”. We are currently switching over our retail floor to showcase bikes once again, so the timing works out great.
From now through the end of March, select models all the way from Hotrocks and Rockhoppers up to Diverges, Epics, and Stumpjumpers are on a co-oped discount. Discounts vary by model, but as an example, the Epic Evo Comp 29 which lists for $3,220 is advertised at $2,969, a total savings of $250. The discount will be split in half, $125 given at time of sale in store, and $125 via a rider rebate card from SpecializedRebates.com. Sales prices are only valid on bikes that are currently in stock.
Check in store for the full list of models and prices, but here are a few to whet your appetite:
All Rockhoppers and Pitches both Mens and Womens $50-$100 Off
Roll Sport models $100 Off
Como 2.0 Pedal Assist E-bikes $500 Off
Stumpjumper FSR ST Comp 29 $250 Off
Epic Evo Comp 29 $250 Off
Epic Evo Expert 29 $500 Off
Fuse Models $100-$500 Off
Looking forward to rolling into Spring in style!
-Ian

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!

 

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – March Wax Specials

Ski into Spring with some awesome wax specials going on through March.

 

First up is Swix FC8XWS. Original MSRP was $109, now only $79 while supplies last. Joel says, “Super spring ski wax! Works well over liquid, ideally crayoned on and roto fleeced.” This block form provides exceptional economy, allowing dozens of applications when crayoned in lightly. Like powders, though, 8X can also be be ironed like a traditional fluoro powder, just be sure to apply more heavily before ironing.

 

And, do not miss Fast Wax’s Special – 20% off through the end of the month. All in-stock, Fast Wax products are on sale! Fast Wax is a uniquely local partner for New Moon, based right in Minnesota, unlike most European-based ski wax companies. They are celebrating 25 years in business, too – Happy 25! If you haven’t tried out Fast Wax yet, here’s a great chance to save a few bucks and give it a go! Long-time favorites are HSF Tan for snow in the upper teens and 20s and HSLF Extreme White  for sub-zero cold-spells. Also popular are the economical 500g Bulk Waxes, easy-to-apply HSP Paste Waxes, and the Ultra-Fine Steel Brush. Don’t miss this rare chance for 20% off!

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