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Steamboat Ski Touring Center offers clinics, deals while waiting on snow

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There are a lot of people living and working in Steamboat Springs who are dreaming of a white Christmas, including the folks who run the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

"We are pretty nervous," said Steamboat Ski Touring Center Manager Kajsa Lindgren. "We just need it to snow."

But while they wait for the snow to arrive, the owners and staff at the local Nordic skiing center will be hoping to drum up a little business by offering a wax clinic at 6 p.m. Tuesday, as well as deals on equipment, clothing and other ski items.

"It's a chance to learn all the basic techniques on how to wax your skis most efficiently. There will also be tips and tricks, whether it's for Nordic or Alpine," Lindgren said. "It will offer the chance to learn how to wax for different types of skis — skate, classic and a skin ski for Nordic. Skiers can also learn how to wax for glide and also wax for grip."

The clinic will be hosted by elite cross-country skier Nick Maki, who has finished in the top-50 of the American Birkebeiner seven times in his career. The Birkebeiner is one of the longest cross-country ski races in the U.S. stretching from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin. Each year nearly 10,000 skiers participate in the races.

"It's extremely important to cross-country skiing," Lindgren said of waxing. "If you don't have the right wax, you are going to be paying for it when you are out on the course."

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Maki, who also works as a ski wax sales representative, will bring his waxing and Nordic experience to the presentation,  which will also be an opportunity for those who attend  to meet and socialize with other Nordic skiers in the valley.

Because of the slow start to the season, on Tuesday the Ski Touring Center will be offering 40 percent off most items including some select skis in its retail store, with the exception of Turnamic bindings.  Daily and season ski rentals as well as daily and season passes also will not be discounted.

"Some people are saying that we are going to have a little bit of snow Thursday and Friday, but it's honestly not looking too promising," Lindgren said. "The last time we had it this bad was 1996, and we did the same thing. We did a 40 percent off sale, and it definitely helped us, and it started snowing the second of January, and we had to reorder all of our products. That is what we want to do again."

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.