Merry Christmas!

What day is it?
Christmas is a great day to get out and ski!   This year I tried something different - skiing a trail system I've never been on before.    It's not a long drive to Leavenworth, and I've never skied on the LWSC Icicle Fish Hatchery trail system.    

Skiing somewhere new is always an adventure, whether it's solo or with friends or family.   New terrain, new views, new people.

Okay, it's widely known that I live in the Methow Valley, which is without a doubt the best ski location in North America, but sometimes it's fun to try skiing somewhere new.

Dec 24th on Cougar Mountain.  10 minutes from the shop.

Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest has been getting back-to-back-to-back snow storms for the past 10 days.    About 30 inches of new snow has fallen here in the past week.    Beautiful.  

Morning light on the Cascades.
On the 24th I got out with friends for early a.m. snow fun before opening at Ultratune at 11.   It really doesn't get any more spectacular than this.

Monday Morning Classic Skiing in the North Cascades

The standard iPhone shot.
Early morning skiing here in the Methow Valley.    Classic striding on START Blue hard wax, temperature of about 18F.    There's about 2 feet of snow on the Pass Highway and classic tracks set from Silverstar Gate to well beyond Cutthroat Creek.  

Music, coffee, and views on the commute to the trailhead.

Some alpine touring skiers are using this section to access the high country, so there are a few of their skidoo tracks nearby, but they're good neighbors and aren't wiping out the set classic tracks.

From Lone Fir looking up toward Washington Pass.

Ski Service and Schedule Note

Here's the upcoming service schedule at Nordic Ultratune. Use these dates to make sure you get your skis ready before your most important races.
  • Skis in by Nov 30th will ship out on Dec 3rd and arrive by Dec 6th.
  • Skis in by Dec 6th will ship out on Dec 10th and arrive by Dec 13th.
There is still time to get a fast grind on your skis before the season kicks off! But don't delay... boards are a joy to ski on, and they're a real advantage.

Note that I'll be at the World Cup races in Canmore providing ski service for Slovenia in mid-December, so there will be a one-week delay on grinding service during that time!