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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!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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