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Teach Me 2 Tele
« on: 10/03/18, 01:58 PM »

Looking for someone to teach me to Tele this year.  I've got some Fischer S-bound ski's with 3 pin bindings.  Ideally I'd like to hit Snoqualmie or Crystal this year and cycle a lift to get some form and technique down and then go back country touring. 

I've taken this set up to Snoqualmie and done XC skiing at Hayk, Cabin Creek and Crystal Springs but nothing along the lines of tele-turns with the knee drop and all that fun stuff.  My experience is largely lift-served snowboarding.  I do have avvy gear - beacon/shovel/probe, but I really only used them a couple of times following friends doing back country at Stevens a few times and on a Mt Rainier ascent a few years back.  I wouldn't say I'm prepared knowledge-wise to be a reliable party member for avalanche territory excursions. 

Anyone interested in passing on some telemark skiing knowledge or know an instructor?  I called some local ski shops looking for tele lessons and instructore referrals but no luck. 

I'm 43 and pretty much snowboard stuff like High cambpell/snow bowl, snorting elk bowl in the north back and what not at Crystal. 


ron j

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Re: Teach Me 2 Tele
« Reply #1 on: 10/03/18, 03:25 PM »

Mountaineers Multiweek Telemark and Randonee Ski Lessons

This is a link to the offering for the beginning of the season last year.
While it doesn't yet appear to be listed for the 18/19 season, it has been going on for many years; six weekly evening lessons, usually starting in January. I know of no reason why it won't continue. There was a pretty good turn out for it last year, and it's a pretty good deal money-wise. Plus the instructors I've had there over the years have been excellent.


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Re: Teach Me 2 Tele
« Reply #2 on: 10/04/18, 05:31 AM »

Washington Alpine Club also conducts classes.

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Re: Teach Me 2 Tele
« Reply #3 on: 10/05/18, 07:51 AM »

Yep, FWIW The WAC and Mountaineers programs use same set of instructors-- classes are organized by ability, most contin a mixture of WAC and Mountaineers members.

A decade ago it was Telemark only, but an alpine touring option was added and now telemark is only about 1/3 of the classes (separate classes for telemark and alpine touring)

For either program, you need to be a club member.  WAC Membership is cheap and the WAC has a cabin along the Alpental road so you can ski both days on the weekend without driving back to the city.

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Re: Teach Me 2 Tele
« Reply #4 on: 10/05/18, 08:03 PM »

And for some inspiration ! ( the first scenes are on S bounds )

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Re: Teach Me 2 Tele
« Reply #5 on: 10/25/18, 08:51 PM »

I poked around on YouTube and found the classic The Telemark Movie from 1987. A lot of the instruction is really useful, and the skinny skis are rad:

The Unparalled series has great video and some instruction that is more modern.
My suggestion is to take a lesson or 2 then put in lots of tele miles on the lifts.  It really helps with stance, poling, linking turns, jump turns, stamina.  You'll have to dial down to greens and then blues.  Crystal has good terrain for working through the tele curve.  1/2 days work.  You could put in soft tele laps when it's easy and then switch to your board for afternoon thrills. 
Tele is cultish enough that almost any freeheeler will share pointers or take a spin with you.  If you get into it at all you will crave a wider, beefier setup.  The Japanese dude switched to shaped skis and plastic boots

Keep us posted  Cool

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