Feb /12/ 2018
Brikie Fever Edition
It all begins in 10 days!

Ready, set...  Skis lined up on the Birkie Trail for the 2018 North End Classic. 2/11/18 
Photo: Kelly Randolph
Future Birkie skiers in the North End "Cookie Classic". 2/11/18  Photo: Kelly Randolph
Birkie 2018 - Let's Do This!
What a difference a year makes! One year ago, we had just completed a phenomenal Pre-Birkie race Weekend - perfect snow, good weather, happy skiers. BUT... the forecast was not good. Hope slowly shifted to desperation. There was enough snow to have a Birkie, but we still had a week to go. The snow hung in there but eventually succumbed just a few days before the events were to begin. More hope emerged, though - a long-shot snowstorm capable of producing 8", 10", or even a foot of snow was forecast to graze the area Friday before the Birkie. It was not to be, as we know, only teasing us with a dusting. Resilient racers and event organizers made lemonade, and we all had quite a party up at the start area. For 2018, that party will resume very soon, but with more snow, perfect grooming, and a lot of well-trained and motivated skiers. Lets do this!

This week, Judy offers up a guide to spectating the races, geared especially toward spectators supporting racers out on course. Where to set-up, what supplies to bring, places to avoid, etc. A few key points will really help your racer! Friend and Birkie veteran, Jim Coors, digs deep into the Birkie stats. Follow the trends of the Birkie, see how age groups compare, and how participation has shifted with new events - great stuff for anyone involved in the Birkie Tradition. Birkie Sale Specials get revved up at the shop. Super deals are found throughout the store. Birkie Wax Service is ready for you - let us deal with the wax stress! And lastly, Stop in at OO on 2/18 for our Fischer Twin Skin Ski Demo from 10-2. Try before you buy!

10 days and counting...
Supporting Your Birkie Skier (and other important spectating tips) 

New Moon's Judy Young shares the fine points of being the consummate Birkie soigneur. Streamline your race day plans to avoid traffic, crowding, and getting stuck in the ditch!

Birkie By The Numbers

Fuel your Birkie Fever, hysteria, passion, etc. with this this in-depth look at Birkie statistics. Birkie Skier, Jim Coors, dissects and analyzes the data that make this great event tick. Have a look and see where you fit into the numbers!

Birkie Sale 2018 - Now In Full Force!


New Moon's Annual Birkie Sale is in now full force! Discounts and closeouts are found throughout the shop. Here are just a few teasers:

- Twin Skin Skis on Sale!
- Most skis 10-50% off depending on model year.
- Ski boots & bindings - all on sale.
- Ski Apparel 25% to 50% off.
- Auclair Glove Specials.
- Seger Wool Sock Blowouts.
- Sauce Hat and Headwear Specials.

  Getting to town late? Call your order in,  and it will be ready for you. We can ship your order direct to you, also!  
Triac 2.5 Poles - $299 - Going Fast...
Triac 2.5s are custom cut to your specific length at New Moon.
These are likely the last Swix Triac 2.5 Poles we will see.  At $299, this is a great deal - the 2.5s were originally $449 when they hit the market a couple years back. Triacs are amazing tools for speed on the trail. Racers crave the sheer stiffness, efficiency, and feather-light feel of the Triac. 

If you've thought about splurging on a really nice set of ski poles, here's your chance. When they're gone, they're gone!

Not up for the Triac? That's OK. New Moon is well-stocked with other amazing pole specials with composite race poles starting at just $70. We have the perfect pole for any skier! 
Birkie's Pisten Bullys groom for the upcoming events.  Photo:  D.Prois/ABSF
Grooming Perfection, Period.

Continued cold and occasional snowfall have allowed the Birkie Trail Crew to manicure the trail system to perfection. Racers can expect a firm, level skate deck and striders will see deep tracks with little ice on the floor of the track.

Preliminary Wax Reports will become available about a week before the races. We will post those once they are available and the weather forecast stabilizes.

Please review the Birkie Trail Pages during race week and be sure to respect all trail closures established for final trail grooming and prep. Alternate trails are detailed there for skiers to use during the closures. Skiers are always welcome to call or stop in at New Moon for trail suggestions and maps during race week. We're here to help!

Leave the stress of Birkie Waxing to us and relax & enjoy Birkie Week for a change of pace?!  We make skis fast... really fast.  Birkie is supposed to be fun - give it a try. Put down the wax iron!

Our wax team is constantly out testing and re-testing so you don't have to!  
Join us up at the Birkie OO Warming Cabin for a Fischer Twin Skin Ski Demo from 10AM to 2Pm, Sunday, Feb 18th.  We'll have a fleet of The popular Fischer Twin Skin waxless classic race skis. This is a great opportunity to try skin skis before the Birkie.

If you're tired of figuring out the secret binder/hardwax/klister/layering formula for the Birkie Classic, here's your chance to experience the ultimate in classic ski simplicity. Try out different lengths and flexes. Find that perfect skin ski right there on the Birkie Trail!
  Plan to bring your NNN boots and poles, but we will have a limited number of NNN loaner boots for Salomon skiers. 
Twin Skin base patterns vary between different models. Photo: Chris Young 
Moonie Emeritus, Charlie Anderson, and Birkie Museum Curator, Allison Slavick,
enjoying the 2018 North End Classic. 2/11/18   Photos: Kelly Randolph