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Word From The Wax Bench...

Birkie Wax Service: Plan Ahead, Have More Fun!

As we close in on one month ’til Birkie 2019, it’s time to get plans organized for a fast race and stress-free weekend. Part of New Moon’s annual Birkie tradition is aiding skiers with those goals. Birkie Wax Stress Syndrome, or “BWSS” is a crippling affliction that can render a skier unable to partake in and enjoy the pre-race Birkie festivities on Thursday and Friday. The Birkie Expo, Barnie, Barke-Birkie, and Giant Ski event are just some of the reasons you or your skier should forget about waxing decisions and leave the waxing to us! Leave the iron,  scrapers, the wax, leave all of it at home and enjoy your weekend!

Here’s the drill:

  • Purchase your Birkie/Korte/Haakon Waxing Service online HERE.
  • Be sure to get your skis to New Moon before we fill up.  Complete details online.
  • Pick up your skis, ski fast, have fun!

Rather than succumbing to BWSS, may we suggest catching a severe case of Birkie Fever instead!

 

PRODUCT SPOTIGHT – BLIZ NORDIC OPTICS

This is obviously the after photo.

Few things can make you look instantly cooler than a sweet pair of sunglasses. If you’re aim is top shelf spiff, just take a look at the start line of a World Cup Nordic Ski race. There is a kaleidoscope of shiny, bright colors covering those high intensity peepers, and they’re not just for show. If you’re zipping down hills at high speed, you want to keep your eyes from freezing up so you don’t wind up in the woods (just ask John about that!), plus they help reduce glare when you’re on bright white snow in the sun.

The Matrix.

Easily the most popular model on this year’s World Cup circuit has been the Bliz Matrix. We’ve mentioned this model earlier in the season, but with a recent release of new colors, we wanted to make sure everyone has a shot at picking up a pair of these cool new shades. With a wide angle, solid lens, they provide great coverage side to side, but what makes them unique is that the lens extends higher up on the brow so you can still get coverage even when your head is down in an attack position. They are vented to reduce

fogging, and come in colors ranging from 80s radical, to sleek and stealthy.
The Profile.
If you want to protect your eyes, but prefer more of a goggle fit and even wider coverage, you’ll love the long time favorite ProFlip Max model. The ProFlip comes in four styles: standard, Small Face (for slimmer skulls), OTG (over the glasses), and Kids. Of course all of these glasses are *guaranteed to make you ski faster.
*OK, not guaranteed, but you’ll look great!”
-Ian

Try Pure Fuel & Win a FREE Birkie Race Entry

New Moon is happy to announce a fun (and sweet) partnership with Anderson’s Pure Fuel energy gel: Purchase any quantity of Pure Fuel gel packets, and you are eligible to enter for our drawing for a free Birkie entry.

What is Pure Fuel? – Simply, Pure Fuel is 100%, USDA Organic Maple Syrup from Wisconsin’s very own Anderson’s Maple Syrup,  packaged in skier-friendly gel-packs for use out on the trail. In addition to quick energy, Pure Fuel has nutritious minerals to back up that energy.

From Wisconsin? You betcha! Started in 1928, Anderson’s is one of the Dairy State’s leading maple syrup producers and is based not too far from New Moon in Cumberland, WI.

Free Birkie Entry? Well, ya gotta do a few simple things…

  • Purchase any quantity of Anderson’s Pure Fuel Packets from New Moon by January 20th, 2019.
  • Enter to win a Birkie/Korte/Haakon race entry with the special code provided at time of purchase.
  • Wait patiently for our drawing on January 21st. Winner will be contacted immediately and announced in our weekly newsletter.

Purchase in person at our lovely Hayward store or online at Newmoonski.com

The drawing for the 2019 American Birkebeiner, will take place at New Moon at 15569 US Hwy 63 N Hayward, WI 54843, on January 21, 2019. The name of the winner of the drawing for the entry into the 2019 Birkie will be selected randomly. New Moon’ selection of the winners shall be final and the winner must register by January 25, 2019, to participate in the 2019 Birkie event.

Kids on Skis – Encouraging a Lifetime Sport

 

If you love to XC ski, but haven’t attempted to get your kids out on the trails, or if your family ski outing ended in disaster, we’ve got a few tips and tricks that can help you have an amazing time with the kiddos and instill them with a lifetime love of the sport.

First of all, take advantage of talent available to help with the learning and outfitting process. Consider one of the many groups or clubs that offer lessons – they can make starting up really easy, and more importantly, FUN! Whether your technique isn’t quite on point or you just need to escape the family drama for a bit (parents, you know what I’m talking about) lessons offer kids the chance to ski and play with other kids and learn from other adults who haven’t just told their kid 100 times to keep their mittens on.

 

Here in Hayward, that group is the Hayward Nordic Kids. Nordic Kids started as the Bill Koch Ski League as an after-school program in the early 90s. Their mission is to promote the sport of cross country skiing by providing a fun and organized teaching program for all area youth, encouraging children to develop skills in cross country skiing in a non-competitive atmosphere.

 

Currently, the program is capped at 150 students and is divided into 9 groups with at least one coach per group. Kids can start as early as age 3. Parents often stay to help out, and all the coaches are volunteers. Kids who sign up are able to affordably rent equipment that is fitted specifically for them. Beside the regular lessons, twists and events help kids stay encouraged and involved.  “We…have Treats On The Trail…where we hide snacks in a few locations around the loops, and the students have to find them to enjoy them. One week we encourage everyone to wear a costume. And Friday Night Glo Ski events happen 3 times a season at the lighted loops at OO” Salle Beckwith, previous Director and Board Member explains, “This is a fun way to practice skiing outside of the lesson setting.”

 

This year, Nordic Kids is joining forces with the American Birkebeiner. Kristy Maki is Event Director for the American Birkebeiner as well as having been a coach and/or Director of Hayward Nordic Kids for 12 years. “The Birkie is joining with Hayward Nordic Kids for a few reasons. One of the missions of the ABSF is to promote healthy lifestyles and Hayward Nordic Kids is a great way to start kids on the right path at an early age. The ABSF encourages youth programming and is happy to provide resources and support to a program like this…It’s important to the ABSF that the Hayward Nordic Kids continues to thrive and that kids in the Hayward and surrounding areas have a great platform to learn cross country skiing.”

Currently, registration is still open through the week for Hayward Nordic Kids, so get more info and get your kids signed up! Check out their facebook page and website.

 

If you aren’t located near a group, or just want to go it alone with the little ones, there are a few things to remember, the most important of which is KEEP IT FUN!  Here are some other tips:

Encourage indoor play on skis. Let kids practice inside without cold temps and bulky clothing.

Start without poles. They just get in the way at this stage and can be dangerous. Chris here at the shop agrees. This will usually spark protest from most kids, but, Chris reports, they just ski better and learn faster without poles. “Kids and adults will develop a natural striding rhythm and good balance by swinging their arms. This will start with simple shuffling and progress to a longer, gliding stride in time. Poles are for propulsion, not balance – add poles once the rhythm is ingrained.”

Ski on groomed trails. It is much easier and keeps kids from falling down as much and crossing their skis.

Play games to keep it interesting like I-Spy, soccer, tag, or sharks and minnows. Set up cones or obstacles on the trails. Go on a winter scavenger hunt. This gives kids a chance to work on their ski skills without even realizing they are learning.

 

Take short breaks with snacks. OK, this one is great for kids and adults.

 

Bring other kids along. It’s always more fun (at least for the kids).

The benefits of introducing kids to cross country skiing at an early age are undeniable. Kids learn balance and coordination and gain strength and stamina that cross over to any other sport they might engage in. Plus, they learn to appreciate the outdoors in winter.

New Moon can outfit all of your kids with skis—starting with Lucky Bums for kids 2 to 5 all the way up to top-end racing packages elite high school skiers.

 

Skiing with your kids not only encourages the love of a lifetime sport, it creates family memories that will stay with you and your kids for years to come. So get those little ones out on the trail. You may have to stop a few (dozen) more times and have a few more cups of hot chocolate, but, believe me, it will be worth it!

 

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