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My lovely wife and daughter bought me a Telemark lesson as a Christmas pressie.

Today I had that lesson with Tug Wilson of European Snowsports in Verbier.
Tug is ISIA Telemark, and could not have been better. I have known him for quite a long time, so I knew I was in good hands.

I used NTN kit.

Thoughts:
It is not as easy as it looks...and it doesn't look easy!
I really struggled to get enough front-rear separation, and had a profound right leg dominance.
What felt good to me looked useless when I saw the video!
NTN did not help me at all...the strong spring load in the binding was always hindering my back foot, pushing it forward.
It was really a revealing experience being a beginner again...the slopes are a very different place when you are the bumbling beginner rather than the speedy expert!
It was fun.
I don't ache, but after 4 hours I was knackered.
I will be back at it with Tug on Monday, but this time with non NTN kit.
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@rungsp, Well done! The springs in your bindings can easily be wound down a bit to make the binding less active, which will help you find the back ski. One foot dominance is very common -- especially with experiened alpine skiers.... Stick with it Very Happy
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Good effort! Tough on the knees?

Saw J. Heitz trying out telemarking last week. His mate took him down into the Attelas couloirs on his second run Toofy Grin
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@rungsp.......The springs in your bindings can easily be wound down a bit to make the binding less active, which will help you find the back ski.....

This! Know your kit!
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Quote:

the slopes are a very different place when you are the bumbling beginner

I still go all over the place, despite being useless in making tele turns. Toofy Grin

When the going gets tough, I revert back to parallel turns. Surprisingly, it still work reasonably well even with heels free. And when all else fails, side-slip. Embarassed


Last edited by Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do. on Wed 20-03-19 19:40; edited 1 time in total
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@spyderjon, rented kit, but guilty as charged!

@BobinCH, knees not an issue...ability the problem Very Happy
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We were doing a bit of telemarking the other week


http://youtube.com/v/VqIxO3aC7rI
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