New skis? ..and Grinding Schedule!

Are you looking for some new skis?     Check out our available new skis from Atomic, Madshus, and Rossignol.

The hand picked ski program continues for the 2012/13 season.   You get the skis you want, selected for you, from the best possible selection.


I work closely with the ski companies, knowledgeable World Cup skiers, coaches and servicemen to get the best possible information on ski fitting for each brand and model that Ultratune sells.

All skis are selected using the Ultratune Digital Flex Press in our shop.  Whether you choose a ski from Atomic, Madshus or Rossignol, you'll get a well-fitted ski with a fast base finish that will result in great performance.

December Stone Grinding Schedule at Nordic Ultratune

You've been training this summer and fall to get the most from your skiing, so make sure your skis aren't a limiter.

Prepare all of your skis to run their best with a fresh grind and hotbox service. At Nordic Ultratune, a grind batch starts every Thursday and those skis are ready for shipping on the following Monday -- just 4 days later.

Return shipping is typically FedEx Express Saver, which is 3rd day delivery. So, skis that are shipped out on Monday will arrive back to you on Thursday.

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 Dec 6th will ship out on Dec 10th and arrive back to you by the 13th.
  • NO STONE GRINDING on the week of DEC 13-16th -  Gone to World Cup at Canmore
  • Skis in by Dec 20th will ship out on Dec 24th.
  • Skis in by Dec 27th will ship out on Dec 31st.
  • Skis in by Jan 3rd will ship out on Jan 7th.
  • Skis in by Jan 10th will ship out on Jan 14th.
You can see that there are still service batches scheduled before the events during the holiday season. There is still time to get a fast grind on your skis before the season's biggest races! But don't delay... boards are a joy to ski on, and they're a real advantage.

Ski Selection Trip to Ogden

Getting picky while picking.
Last week I took a quick trip to Ogden, UT, to pick skis at Atomic & Rossignol.  Ultratune has a lot of beautiful new skis on the way.   The first stop was Rossignol, working with Ryan Green, on the 7th, and things went really smoothly.     I didn't get all the skis I wanted for inventory, but all the pairs I picked are very nice.    I picked all pairs to be matched within 1 kg.  

On Thursday, I picked skis at Atomic's warehouse.    This year Rick Halling was out of town, so I worked on my own to pick through the huge inventory that they've got in the facility.    I've done the trip to the Atomic warehouse a few years in a row, and apparently they're confident that I won't mess anything up.  

This year's Atomic skis look particularly good.    The introduction of the new hard track skate ski the Atomic SDS Classic ski gave added reason to take a careful look at the ski picks.

The Atomic warehouse is quite tidy and well organized - for a warehouse - but the lighting is still a little dim.  

I start with a pick list, then make preliminary selections from a huge rack of skis that are sorted by model and size.  Each of these pairs is then unwrapped, tested for a few key parameters, and repacked.   The pair is either saved or returned to the rack.  This process makes sure that I get the spectrum of flexes that I need, and also screens out a few pairs that I don't find satisfactory.  

Some of the Ultratune picks.
It's not particularly exciting work, at least not after getting through the first dozen pairs or so, but very worthwhile. Careful measurements for sure, and reassuring to know that I get exactly what I want for the pre-ordered skis and also for the shop inventory.

After picking all the skis, they get checked by warehouse staff, then packed for immediate FedEx shipment to Ultratune. With a little luck, they'll arrive at the shop before Oct 11th.

Check out Ultratune's new ski program, and let me know if you'd like a pair selected for you!  Send an email with questions or to be added to the pick list.

Alaska to Vermont

Mark & the Mantec Grinder - it's the busy season.
The first half of October has passed, and the 'busy season' is certainly in full gear now.     The line-up of this Monday's outbound packages have labels that span from Alaska to Vermont, and cover the entire snow belt like a list of stops on a transcontinental road trip.

Pre-season orders for skis are being sent out quickly.   About 1/2 of the total are done and shipped; about another eighth are staged, waiting for details from clients.      As the new skis are picked, the "big wall of skis" slowly starts to lose its bulge.     A couple hundred pairs of Rossignol Xium, Madshus Nanosonic, and Atomic World Cup skis.    No "2nd tier" skis in the mix -- it's all top shelf stuff.

All new skis are carefully selected, and they all include your stone grinding choice, and hotbox waxing service.

The stone grinding season is in full swing, too.   Get your skis in for a tune.

Here's a pic of some of the new Madshus Nanosonic skate skis - already diminished by the pick list.  

Among the odd bits of activity has been the quick purchase of the skate and classic boots this fall.  I've already had to re-order certain sizes, and holes will certainly develop in the size runs.   

Even though the skis are flying away, there is still a big inventory.    And plenty of time to get new skis before the snow flies.

More Atomic HT Skate info - and Schedule Info

A few weeks ago, I wrote a review of the new Atomic HT (hard track) skate ski.    Click here for that review.

Today I found a video in which Roman Toferer describes the Atomic HT in detail.      It's definitely worth watching.    Take a look!

Want some?
If you'd like to pre-order some of the Atomic skate skis, either the new World Cup HT or the all-around ST version, just send an email and you'll be added to the pick list for autumn 2011 delivery.