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Yellowstone Ski Festival Clinics Full!

Sun, Nov  5, 2006 - By Jamie Greene

The Yellowstone Ski Festival November 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2006

There has been a significant change in the weather here in West Yellowstone and final preparations for the Yellowstone Ski Festival are well underway. Here’s an update on a few of the event’s highlights:

The Fall Camp Clinics are FULL: Our Fall Camp Clinics are officially full for 2006! Thanks to all of you that have registered. We will offer another set of clinics at the 2007 Yellowstone Ski Festival. However, there is still space available in the Montana Outdoor Science School’s clinics for kids. For more information on those clinics, visit the Clinics page of www.yellowstoneskifestival.com.

Free Heel and Wheel Celebrates 10 Years in Business: Yes, it’s been ten years since Melissa Alder and Kelli Sanders decided to open Free Heel and Wheel. Since then, West Yellowstone’s favorite Nordic ski and bike shop has become an oasis for muscle-powered recreational enthusiasts. And, of course, Free Heel and Wheel, located at 40 Yellowstone Avenue, is Nordic ski headquarters for the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Need skis? Coffee? Boots? Lunch? Gloves? Clothing? They’ve got it all. Free Heel and Wheel is the place to be during the Ski Festival (if you can get in the door). Stop in and congratulate Melissa and Kelli on 10 great years!

Chloë Lanthier-Brandner to speak Friday night: We are excited to see Chloë’s slide show “Decade of Extreme Endurance”. Chloë has been competing for more than a decade in solo endurance and multi-day expedition races around the world including; running across the Sahara desert, riding her bike across the Iditarod Trail in Alaska – in the winter, and running around Mont Blanc in France. Chloë also has more than 15 years experience in developing and leading innovative programs in health science, human performance, outdoor camps and motivational presentations. Don’t miss the Friday night slide show!

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot: This will be a free fun run at 2:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day. It will start at the Rendezvous Trailhead Building and wind through the streets of West Yellowstone – even more exercise to help work up an appetite before Thanksgiving Dinner! Imagining Yellowstone Avenue full of Nordic skiers makes us smile. Look for details on our website, at Free Heel and Wheel and at the Indoor Ski Show once you get to town.

Stone Grinding services come to Yellowstone Ski Festival: Engineered Tuning partners Boulder Nordic Sport (BNS) and Caldwell Sport Specialties (CSS) will bring a full-service stone-grinding ski shop to the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Owners Nathan Schultz (BNS) and Zach Caldwell (CSS) will travel to the event with a Tazzari stone grinding machine and staff to provide professional ski service at the season-opening event.

Engineered Tuning will be set up at Rendezvous Snowmobile Rentals at 415 Yellowstone Avenue in West Yellowstone from November 19-26. Skis can be dropped off for service during the Festival at the grinding shop from 8-9AM and 4-5PM and at the Indoor Ski Show at the Holiday Inn. There will be an open house Friday, November 24th from 3-5PM to demonstrate the stone grinding process and flex testing with both Caldwell and Schultz on hand to answer questions. BNS owner Schultz commented, “We’re excited to kick off the season at West Yellowstone and we think this will be a great benefit to the ski community.”

If you have any questions or if you would like more information about the Yellowstone Ski Festival,