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The Yellowstone Ski Festival

Tue, Oct  10, 2006 - By Jamie Greene

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

It’s snowing in West Yellowstone today and it’s getting hard to think about anything except skiing! The Yellowstone Ski Festival is only a few weeks away and will take place during Thanksgiving Week on November 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2006 in West Yellowstone, Montana. The event’s highlights include a series of one, three and five day Nordic skiing clinics, the SuperTour races, the Try It and Buy It Equipment Demo and an Indoor Ski Show.

Here’s an update on the latest Ski Festival developments:

A Word About Lodging: Rumors that all the hotels in West Yellowstone are booked for the Ski Festival are just that: rumors! I have personally contacted the Holiday Inn, the Days Inn, Yellowstone Lodge, the Brandin’ Iron Inn, the Three Bear Lodge and the Bar N Ranch and all of these hotels have rooms available during the Ski Festival. All of these properties can be contacted through their advertisements on the right side of the Yellowstone Ski Festival website homepage: www.yellowstoneskifestival.com . For additional recommendations, please email me at the address below.

Try It and Buy It Gear Demo: At this point, all of the manufacturers that you have come to expect to see at the Yellowstone Ski Festival are planning to return this year. They include: Alpina, Atomic, Exel, Fischer, Holmenkol, Madshus, Podiumwear, Rossignol, Swix, and TOKO. This year we also look forward to welcoming new exhibitors Cirrus Design and GoreTex. There is no better place to demo the latest in Nordic gear than at the Yellowstone Ski Festival.

SuperTour Registration: A race schedule and online registration are now available on the SuperTour page of www.yellowstoneskifestival.com. . The Men's and Women's Sprint races will take place on Friday, November 24th. The Men's 15K and Women’s 10K Classic races will take place on Saturday, November 25th.

Kid’s Clinics by the Montana Outdoor Science School: The folks at MOSS have put together another amazing lineup of children’s clinics during the Ski Festival. Offerings include new clinics on Tuesday and Wednesday; Wonders of Winter Clinics for grades K – 2 on Friday and Saturday; and Adventures in Winter Ecology Clinics for grades 3 – 6 also on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the Clinics page of  www.yellowstoneskifestival.com (scroll to the bottom where you will find a link to the MOSS website).

Stone Grinding by Boulder Nordic Sport and Engineered Tuning: 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 November 20-26. Owners Nathan Schultz (BNS) and Zach Caldwell (CSS) will travel to the event with two Tazzari stone grinding machines and staff to provide professional ski service at the season-opening event.

Services available during the festival will include expert stone grinding, heat box treatments, ski flex testing and fleet evaluations with Engineered Tuning’s proprietary testing equipment. Stone grinding is a process where a ski is passed through a machine that peels a very thin layer of base material off and carves micro-structure into the ski. It improves ski performance by flattening the base, removing scratches and burned, dried base material while etching appropriate structure into the base. Skis that are stone ground generally absorb more wax and perform better.

Information about Engineered Tuning, is available by contacting Boulder Nordic Sport at www.bouldernordic.com.

For over 25 years, West Yellowstone, Montana has played host to cross country skiers during the month of November. There is no better place to start your ski season! It’s not too early to start making plans for the upcoming season. Look for future articles and for more information, visit www.yellowstoneskifestival.com or contact:

Jamie Greene, Yellowstone Ski Festival Coordinator
The West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 458
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
406-646-9427
info@yellowstoneskifestival.com 

Start your ski season in West Yellowstone, Montana!