Enter the world of UN-advertised, underground, totally custom, Nordic grinds. Keep reading below as our man on the street has all the info……….

“What I learned last night…. No this is not some teen age coming of age story. This is a tale of listening to the best in the industry start a revolution.

After work last night, I walk through the parking lot to my car, and I notice the doors to our grinding room open. Naturally I go check it out. What I see is an evil genius and a mad scientist hard at work. The evil genius is Jeremy Teela, Olympian, bad-ass-with-a-.22-rifle-biathlete, and Cory Wubbles, the NCAA champion with an eye for detail that is UN-paralleled.

Racers at the 2012 Round Valley Round up in Park City, Ut.

Teela has 3 pair of Madshus Nanosonic skis and he has determined 3 of the four parameters for a proper grind. The fourth that he is looking for is better climbing. He has moisture movement, he has top speed, he has that free feeling, he just wants to tweak the climbing. That sounds like it can’t be related to structure, right? Wrong!

This article isn’t about structure, and how it breaks surface tension, it’s about how two minds, aided by salt and vinegar chips, pumpkin seeds and little bit of wax fumes and a couple beers, can come up with an idea that will revolutionize the ski grinding process for the local area.

Couple FAST guys from the 2012 Round Up.

Wubbles cleans the stone, over and over and over, tests the stone on a broken Rossignol Delta rental ski from 2002, it is ground so bare of definition, you wonder when he will grind straight through the base. Amazingly, he hasn’t even after over 200 passes over the stone. That should give you an idea of how many times he checks his work to make one clean grind.

Teela starts his pitch. “We need to get a win this week, our sticker, our grind..” he says. His energy is infectious. His statement is true. If we can establish our selves with a win this week(at Junior Nationals), we are insured to have volume next season, as senior nationals are to be held at Soldier Hollow, for the next two years.

If only they had gone CUSTOM!!

Excitement goes viral so quickly these days. I raced a prototype Cory Wubbles White Pine grind at West Yellowstone, and totally debunked the myth of a new grind. I skied on a brand new grind, with two coats of wax, and only 1Km in the ski before I selected it, and came in second place in a 50Km race, won by Leif Zimmerman, one of the great hopes of inter-mountain skiing, and a on-and-off again US ski team member. The day after I returned home, there were two people dropping off their skis, asking for the prototype grind… So back to the idea that will revolutionize the grinding process for the area… Underground, UN-advertised, and totally custom. You only know about it, after you got beat by it… That’s what I learned last night.

(of course, those that are beat by the our grinds are the competition, and if you come in and ask the right questions, Cory, Jeremy or I would love to figure out what it is that you are looking for, and make it happen!!!!)”

, HUH? Custom grind? I got my fast jeans on!

Alright skaters! No more generic grinds for Pedal n Pole Park City readers! Thanks to our man on the street, we now know what the best of the best are doing to get ready to race. Keep skatin!

PPPC.

 
(All Pedal-n-Pole photo’s are shot on a Canon G1X)

A few Posts back, Pedal and Pole Park City started up a series of five question interviews with locals who are either creating unique products or experiences for visiting skiers and mountain bikers. In the second installment of this series, Allison and Drew Cesati, owners and operators of YeeHaw Pickle Company are sitting for the five questions. After years in the ski industry, they came up with a very different idea as to how to sustain the Park City lifestyle. So take a few minutes and get to know Drew and Allison Cesati and YeeHaw Pickles.

Alison, Drew, and Gracie the wonder dog. Somewhere in Fruita, Co.

1) How did you both go from the Ski industry to pickles?

We both have backgrounds in Resort and Ski Industry Event Management. Drew was also a Coach for the men’s National Ski Team for years, and is currently coaching Team Summit out of the Canyons. Between us we’ve worked at The Canyons, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, USSA, Rossignol, and Deer Valley. We’ve always been very involved in the marketing/PR/sales that went along with all of our events and we loved the idea of building a brand and marketing it to the outdoor industry. We never expected pickles to be our outlet, but they are proving to be a perfect vehicle to building a fun, unique brand.

We came up with the name of our company and the logo of a Clint Eastwood like pickle donning a cowboy hat with mountains in the background before we even mastered our recipes. We envisioned Yee-Haw Pickle Company being involved in on-mountain event sponsorships, trail advocacy, youth winter sports and live music. Before we knew it, we were making the most awesome tasting pickles (divine pickle intervention, perhaps) and the Yee-Haw Pickle Company took on a life of its own.
2) Where can visitors and locals find your awesome, made in Utah, pickles?

Utah Whole Foods, The Market at Park City, Deer Valley Grocery, Epic Brewing, It’s F’n Hot, Taste Gardner Village, local summer farmers markets
3) What are your favorite local trails, winter or summer and why?

We love the mountain bike trails in PC. The new Armstrong Trail has got to be one of our favorites. You can tell that they put a lot of thought into the building of that trail. Add the Sprio downhill on a Fall day (mid-week to avoid crowds) and you have perfection. In the winter, we love getting out into the Uintas with our yellow lab, Gracie, and 9990 on a powder day is pretty sweet too.
4) How has the Park City mountain lifestyle affected your business model?

It has effected our model in every way, but especially in our marketing and branding efforts. The name “Yee-Haw” has nothing to do with the country version many people know. We are always belting out “Yee-haws!” when we are out skiing or riding singletrack. It’s a term of stoke, really. And even our product names are tied to the mountain lifestyle, especially our sweet & spicy pickle, the Steezy Bee Stacker. That, and we really want to stay involved in mountain events and the community. As we grow, and climb out of the challenging “start-up” phase, we will hopefully have more product, time and marketing dollars to put towards involvement with on-mountain initiatives.

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5) Where do you see Yeehaw pickles in ten years?

We would love to have a nationally recognized brand, not just in the food industry, but in the outdoor industry as well. We’re talking Title Sponsor of Mountain Bike Events, Ski Events…hell, maybe we’ll even have our own multi-day event by then – we’ve been dreaming up the “Yee-Haw Pickle Wasatch Sasquatch”, but you’ll have to wait to see what its all about……

Alright, Now everyone knows where to get the Wasatch’s finest pickles! Thanks Allison, Drew, and Gracie(the wonder dog). Also, don’t be surprised if you get passed by these two on the way up Armstrong……Keep slidin and ridin!

PPPC.

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Anyone who did the Round Valley round up 40 or 20 k last season might not want to relive the experience through youtube. It was really painful but in that good way that results from all epic condition races. There was an edition of the ULLR chase a few years back when they were running the “wilderness course”. After skating 20k into a fierce, uphill headwind, ULLR unleashed all his might at the foot of the real climb in the form of a massive blizzard but you skied out of it after about 5 k or so. Last season, with the blizzard in full effect an hour before the start, it was hard enough just getting out of the truck in the Quinns junction parking lot to contest the Round Up let alone trying to navigate the featureless “Land of Oz” trail in a complete white out. For every second of last years races, the 20 or 40k, the conditions were certifiabley EPIC! For anyone who wasn’t at the race, watch a few minutes of the video to get a feel for the day. Personally, I love racing in this kind of weather. All bets are off when ULLR strikes! With the current forecast showing the possibility of ULLR rearing his big white head next weekend, things could get EPIC! See you at the start.

Keep Skatin! PPPC.