If you want to challenge yourself on the slopes then telemark skiing will be something for you.
Telemark skiing is a form of downhill skiing where the boot is attached to the ski at the toe and the heel is able to move vertically. The word telemark actually denotes a type of turn where the downhill ski is moved ahead of the uphill ski, with the inside knee bent significantly. Although boots are stiff like those used for downhill skiing, the ‘bellows’ in the forefoot allow the boot the flex during turns.
Telemark skiing is more difficult than normal alpine skiing, requiring good balance and a lot of strength in the legs. However many skiers convert to telemarking looking for a new challenge, or because of the ‘surfy’ feel associated with telemarking in powder.
There’s no reason why you can’t try telemarking, and it’s worth taking a few lessons and renting equipment before investing in all the gear. Not all rental shops stock equipment, so if you would like to try it, contact us and we can arrange that for you. It’s best to start with an easy-turning ski, like a relatively wide twin-tip. Many telemark skiers opt for a regular alpine freeride on which they mount telemark bindings, which feature adjustable springs to retain the boot (often referred to as ‘free-heel’ bindings).
Whether you just want to try something different or are keen to make telemarking your thing, we can offer you fully qualified telemark ski instructors are on hand to teach you the basics. Experience the feeling of ‘free heeling’ and book a telemark lesson today!