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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

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:

 

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!

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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