Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sponsor spotlight: Wasatch Touring

Wasatch Touring

702 E 100 S
Salt Lake City, UT
Wasatch Touring provides discounts and support for the SLC Conglomerate High School Mountain Bike Team.
Owners Dwight and Charlie grew up in Minnesota surrounded by Scandinavians who loved the outdoors, human powered travel and adventure, weather it be by ski, bike, paddle or foot. Their parents and neighbors encouraged all of them as kids to camp, skate, canoe, swim, ski and bike in and around the local countryside.

Charlie and Dwight Butler, owners of Wasatch Touring
They moved to Utah in 1972 to open a cross-country ski shop, Wasatch Touring. Their initial mission was to share the beauty of backcountry travel on skis, by offering rental gear and taking anyone they could enlist, up into the ski trails we were exploring in the Wasatch Mountains.

After three winters of closing shop for the summer, in 1975 they expanded into cycling and changed to a year round business. Shortly thereafter they purchased mountain bikes and became the first Specialized and the first mountain bicycle dealer in the State of Utah.

Wasatch Touring sells and rents Nordic skis, both skate and classic, but also offers Telemark and Alpine Touring (AT) skis with climbing skins. They sell, repair and rent split snowboards and snowshoes, have ski wax and tuning services and stock all the gear, clothing and accessories for everything from a Winter stroll up Mill Creek, to a ski decent of Lone Peak.

In the Summers they are a full service shop for both road and mountain bikes. Their road bike emphasis is on touring, commuting, and endurance riding. In mountain bikes are focused on cross-country and enduro riding, but they do employ a downhill-er, a jumper, a old BMX racer, as well as a former Cycle-cross racer from Iowa. They rent a range of mountain and road bikes appropriate for everything from a casual ride around town to a epic mountain trail ride. They recently added Tri Cross bikes to the rental/demo bike mix.

They offer bike fit, bike tools, maintenance and repair clinics, ski tuning, plastic boot repair, boot punching and fitting.

Supporting the NICA high school mountain bike race program fits with Wasatch Touring's enduring original mission of promoting human powered fun in the great outdoors!


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