Anyone into Telemark skiing ?

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    Feb 15, 2013 7:57 PM GMT
    Although not the most popular or well-known sport, is anyone on here into telemark skiing? Just picked up downhill skiing and love it - but had a lesson in telemark last week and I think it's a whole new world if practiced enough. I don't know much about it and am having difficulty finding people interested in it - so anyone into telemarking, why not introduce yourselves here!
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    Feb 15, 2013 9:33 PM GMT
    I go a couple of times a year. Used to do much more frequently when I could ski ten minutes from my apartment.
    In fact, I have "new" tele skis that have only been used twice...

    Some of my co-workers used to get inserted by helicopter in the Canadian Rockies, and picked up a week later, X0 miles away. I was never confident enough in my knees to try that. Besides, at that time, I spent all my spare time on scuba trips.
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    Feb 17, 2013 8:03 PM GMT
    Did you pick it up after years of downhill skiing or did you just jump straight into it? It seems most downhill skiers kind of look down upon tele and most of colleagues at work told me I should master downhill before tele - but they have never even tried it!
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    Feb 17, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    I like telemarking. I learned downhill skiing at age 12 and didn't take up tele until my 20s. Like many sports it's equipment intensive. The gear for backcountry is different than for an area. I like to skin up and tele down for a fun day in the mountains with no crowds and no lift tickets.

    If you're going to go into the backcountry you need additional training in avalanche awareness and rescue, and even more gear like a shovel, backcountry poles that assemble into an avalanche probe, an avalanche beacon.

    Taking a few lessons is a worthwhile investment. I see a lot of self-taught telemarkers whose form is really terrible.

    Snow camping in the backcountry is great too. You can ski tour in the day and then sleep overnight in a yurt, cabin, or tent. Good times with good friends.
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    Feb 17, 2013 8:41 PM GMT
    Why do I keep looking at this thread title and read 'telemarketing'? Ugh.
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    Feb 22, 2013 7:17 PM GMT
    camfer saidI like telemarking. I learned downhill skiing at age 12 and didn't take up tele until my 20s. Like many sports it's equipment intensive. The gear for backcountry is different than for an area. I like to skin up and tele down for a fun day in the mountains with no crowds and no lift tickets.

    If you're going to go into the backcountry you need additional training in avalanche awareness and rescue, and even more gear like a shovel, backcountry poles that assemble into an avalanche probe, an avalanche beacon.

    Taking a few lessons is a worthwhile investment. I see a lot of self-taught telemarkers whose form is really terrible.

    Snow camping in the backcountry is great too. You can ski tour in the day and then sleep overnight in a yurt, cabin, or tent. Good times with good friends.



    I think I'm more interested in groomed slopes for starters - not really into ascending for the moment and haven't tried off-piste for the moment. That may come later though.

    So it seems lessons are a must then - I'm still just wondering about the importance of first mastering downhill skiing before transitioning to telemark or if it's doable at a beginner/intermediate downhill skiing level...
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    Feb 22, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    dan_x saidWhy do I keep looking at this thread title and read 'telemarketing'? Ugh.


    Why would you even look at a thread called telemarketing? icon_razz.gif I wouldn't want to go anywhere near those lol