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Mike 2010-05-14 22:07

Telemark - How?
 
Fancy give Telemark a try some day?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsIx1ctM0kM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdaPj...eature=related

Mike 2010-05-16 20:16

Let's take a look at some of the equipment:

Telemark skis - Many manufacturers have telemark-specific skis, which are in general, lighter and softer than comparable alpine skis.

Telemark bindings - this is where the major difference is when compare with alpine bindings.
Bindings hold the Telemark boot to the ski by the toe only. The oldest version of manufactured bindings is the three-pin bindings, they had three pins pointing up from the ski for which boots had matching holes. The duckbill at the toe of the telemark boots was placed on top of the pins and held down with a locking mechanism.

Neutral Cable - Traditional cable bindings secure the "duckbill" of the telemark boot into the toe piece by tensioning a cable wire that runs around perimeter of the boot with the upward flick of a heel lever. The cables in this binding generally exit from the toe piece alongside or in front of the ball of the foot, which give these bindings their characteristically "neutral" flex, where the heel more freely raises off the ski. The cable is allowed to tighten through the activation springs attached to the cables toward the rear of the loop. Most current cable bindings use a compression spring enclosed within a steel cartridge. The compression spring reduces the chance of the spring s needing replacing, and the enclosed cartridge prevents snow and ice from building up and interfering with the function of the spring.

Active Cable - In a more "active" cable binding, there is more tension in the system; ie. the heel of the boot is more strongly pulled back down toward the ski. This is achieved mainly by repositioning the point-of-exit of the cable from the toe piece.

Free Pivoting Touring - G3, Black Diamond, 7tm, and Voile are all making binding with a pivot system that allows the binding to pivot at the front of the toe instead of at the ball of the foot. This acts more like an Alpine Touring (AT) binding, and if you are spending more than 50% of your ski time in the backcountry, you should seriously consider this.

Releasable - For those who spend time in the backcountry know that releasable telemark bindings can quite literally save your life in the event of an avalanche. Nobody wants their skis working like an anchor if they're caught in a slide. For them releasable telemark bindings are the required equipment.

New Telemark Norm (NTN) - New Telemark Norm binding/boot system was first available in 2007. These bindings are designed with increased lateral stability and better edging and must be used with an "duckbill-less" NTN compatible boots such as the Scarpa T2X NTN and the Crispi Evo NTN. It's benefits include a free-pivoting touring mode, easy entry and exit, integrated brakes, and better contact between ski and ball-of-foot.

Hinged Plate - it combines the lateral stiffness of a traditional alpine binding with the flexibility of a traditional Telemark binding. Despite performance benefits, these bindings have failed to gain a significant following during the late 1990s and early 2000s. At the moment there is only one manufacturer of plate telemark bindings on the market, Bomber Industries. It is designed to complement the ultra-stiff plastic telemark boots available in the market. With a plate system, the uphill ski is made much more active than with a traditional cable telemark binding.

Skins - In order to be able to walk uphill, climbing "skins" (synthetic or mohair type material, rather than the traditional sealskin) are used on the bottom of the skis to climb uphill.

Mike 2010-05-28 14:53

Found the following article recently:

How to Choose Telemark Ski Gear
Imagine yourself in higher terrain, making first tracks in powder-filled bowls or chutes, enjoying the exhilaration of the downhill ride. This is where freeheel gear changes from backcountry touring to telemark.

Sure, you can carve the occasional telemark turn on backcountry touring skis. They're actually good for combining flatland striding with occasional downhill runs. But true telemark skis, which bear more resemblance to alpine skis, are designed almost exclusively for downhill travel. If you want to spend more of your time carving turns than touring, then "tele" skis are the choice for you.

Skis
Length
The right length depends on several factors: Your weight, skiing ability and the model of ski you're considering. If you want to spend the majority of your time on the steeps, a slightly longer ski will provide more of an edge and thus more control. If you like to ski fast and hard, a longer ski will be more stable. A shorter ski will be easier to maneuver in variable terrain and will be easier to turn at slower speeds. If you choose a ski with a large sidecut you'll want to go with a slightly shorter length, as well. Look for manufacturers' suggested sizing or ask a sales associate for more information.

Width
The width of telemark skis should match the width of your boots, plus be appropriate for the kind of snow that you usually ski. Most are quite wide for handling backcountry snow and supporting the added weight of a pack, but there is variation among models to consider.

•Wider skis make telemark turning easy in soft snow. They also allow your bindings to clear the snow when you put the skis on edge on hard-packed, groomed slopes. Be sure to wear stiff (usually plastic) boots that have enough power to keep wide skis on edge.
•Softer, leather boots are not as effective at controlling wide skis, so if you plan to ski in leather boots, opt for a narrower ski that is easier to power into a turn. (Most leather boots start out stiff, but soften up and lose their rigidity for steering.)
•It's easier for your rear ski to hold an edge on hard snow if your skis are a bit narrower.

Sidecut
Sidecut is the difference, measured in centimeters, between the ski's tip, waist and tail. Since they're used for carving turns more than striding, tele skis have significant sidecuts. Their waists are anywhere from 12 to 20mm narrower than their tips and tails. The broad tips allow the skis to plow through powder or mixed backcountry snow without catching, while the pronounced curves allow them to carve turns more easily than straighter skis.

Choosing between the different sidecuts is a matter of what you want the ski to excel at. If you want to spend more time on packed snow or groomed runs, a deeper sidecut will keep your edges against the snow and allow better carving.

Camber
Telemark skis all have alpine camber, or relatively little arch from tip to tail. Alpine camber distributes your weight evenly over the entire base of the ski, allowing for a smooth, continuous ski edge when turning. These skis don't have a raised wax pocket or kick zone like touring skis, so they are a bit slower for striding.

Flex
Telemark skis are typically lighter than alpine skis and have a softer flex, meaning they require less pressure to flex them into an arc. This flex or stiffness can be "measured" in the store either by holding the ski vertically and pushing on it, or by pressing down on it. Flex is how much the ski moves and then rebounds or snaps back in place.

•Softer, more flexible skis help you navigate the deep, soft snow found out of bounds and in the backcountry.
•For groomed ski areas and/or packed snow, you should opt for stiffer-flexed skis for better carving control. You also need stiffer skis if you get into telemark racing.
•Choose a medium-flexed ski if you want to ski on a variety of snow conditions and varied terrain.
Metal Edges
A standard feature of telemark skis, metal edges bite into hard, icy or steep snow and provide control. They make descents much easier.

Mike 2010-06-13 16:48

Here is another video (in Japanese) showing the basic telemark technique (originally posted by "ader" in his ski forum)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y742l...layer_embedded

Mike 2010-06-23 20:38

This is mogul skiing on Telemark: :icon_good:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlAT_KgFLNs

dougie 2010-12-04 15:10

I am surprised at the interest in telemarking here in Asia. Telemarking is a combination of cross-country and free-heel alpine skiing. It is an essential skill in doing long-distant off-piste trekking.
Telemarking is fun, but it is just another way of coming down a mountain, with the added ability to trekking.
I think people should start with cross-country, back-country skiing, then telemarking.
It is not easy to find telemarking equipments to rent or to buy in Asia. Elsewhere, they are less easy to find and tend to be more expensive as they are seldom on sale.
So if you can have access to the equipment, you can try it. But as I mentioned, one should start with doing some cross-country skiing.

freeskier 2010-12-04 22:40

也來湊熱鬧, 去年拍的.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5THT2U9JaJI

Mike 2012-05-23 15:57

Here is another exercise:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtKZV...eature=related

Mike 2012-06-09 21:05

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tzhm...hannel&list=UL

Mike 2012-07-19 20:03

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8fAB...feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkW5o...feature=g-vrec

Mike 2012-07-19 20:07

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twR4l...hannel&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCHPc...hannel&list=UL

Mike 2013-06-22 09:37

Slalom
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRqp5...103BD4D8DD0290


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