Telemark skiing: Welcome to the world of free-heel

Telemarking has become more and more popular in the last few years. Modern equipment allow us to ski what was previously thought only possible with alpine equipment. You can learn this discipline through private lessons or through group lessons (tariffs to be agreed).

A little bit of history about Telemarking

Kneel down and see the slopes from a new perspective. Telemark skiing, also known as „free heel skiing”, represents the oldest parallel skiing technique. Historians date the use of the first skis before the invention of the wheel.

iscrizione rupestre As a proof, the oldest cave panting representing a skier,which dates back to 3000 BC, was found on a rock on the Norwegian island of Rodoy. In addition, a pair of prehistorical skis, built 500 years before the invention of the wheel, were found in a peat bog in Hoting (Sweden). Originally, in Scandinavia, telemark skis were essentially used as a means of transport (that is why the heel is detached from the ski. This detachment allowed people to walk on wide „wooden boards”, which were much more similar to alpine skis rather then cross-country skis, so to allow a better flotation on deep, fresh now). Telemark skiing is now a renewed way of expression for lovers of deep snow.

locomozioneThe revival in the Telemark technique in the alpine countries, after its decline from popularity in favor of more modern parallel skiing, started in 1983 at Interski in Puster Valley (Italy). There, the improoved equipment and the refined telemark skiing technique changed the current concept of skiing. However, it was Morten Aass who introduced the free heel skiing technique in Italy a long time before. To conclude this brief historical lesson, we need remember that this technique is named after the Norwegian region from which it has spread in modern times.

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Technique

disciplina3-01bigIn the Italian telemark skiing there are two different techniques which are complementary and alternative at the same time. This approch is called „double-track”, because the two techniques are not in a hierarchical relationship. In both techniques the outside ski is shifted alternatively forward and backwards. The two techniques can be distinguished in the modern and in the traditional technique. These differ in certain details but both allow you to achieve a certain elegance in the movements, and technical efficiency and precision in the trajectory of the turn even at high speeds. Socialization is very important within the world of telemark skiing. Both beginners and advanced skiers build a sort of international community: it is fun for them to exchange greetings, chat with eachother and ski together when they eventually meet.

F.I.S.I. LEVELS 2009/2010

EXPLORATORY-PHASE

  • Get familiar with the environment
  • Get familiar with the equipment
  • Games and first movements with skis on

BASIC LEVEL

  • Basic movements
  • Use of alpenstock
  • Development of basic balance position
  • Basic control of telemark skiing position

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

  • Increasingly refined movements and synergy with physical forces
  • Use of ski poles, coordinated pole planting
  • Lifting and advancing the body’s centre of gravity
  • Ability to come down various and bumpy slopes
  • Basic control of telemark skiing position

ADVANCED LEVEL

  • Fluid movements
  • Use of alpenstock and ski poles
  • Developing excellent coordination skills
  • Ability to ski on steep slopes mantaining the so called „ constant frontal position“
  • Ski conduction
  • Application of different turn arcs
  • Telemark skiing in fresh snow

FREE RIDE traditional technique

  • Fluid movements and excellent coordination skills
  • Use of alpenstock and ski poles
  • Ability to master telemark skiing in fresh snow
  • Absorption technique

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