Telemark ski racer executing Telemark's unique lunging or "free heel" turn.
is a skiing
technique that combines elements of Alpine
skiing. Telemark skiing is named after the Telemark
region of Norway
, where the discipline originated. Sondre Norheim
is often credited for first demonstrating the turn in ski races, which included cross country, slalom
and jumping, in Norway around 1868. Sondre Norheim also experimented with ski and binding design, introducing side cuts to skis and heel bindings (like a cable).
Telemark skiing was reborn in 1971 in the United States. Doug Buzzell, Craig Hall, Greg Dalbey, Jack Marcial and Rick Borcovec are credited with reintroducing the style after reading the book Come Ski With Me
by Stein Eriksen
. Telemark skiing gained popularity during the 1970s and 1980s. The appeal of Telemark skiing lies in access: long pieces of synthetic fabric, known as skins, can be attached to the bottom of the skis to allow travel uphill. With the invention of light-weight alpine touring
(A.T.) skis, however, telemark skiing is increasing in popularity. Read more...