The Silver Star Youth Telemark Program, coached by World Cup Telemark skier Shane Landreville, offers a new opportunity for young skiers!
Landreville is Canada’s reigning National Champion in Telemark skiing and has raced and represented Canada for years on the FIS Telemark World Cup achieving impressive results. Following an injury last season, Shane chose to take a season off from racing and coach a youth-specific Telemark program.
‘Telemark skiing offers a lot for both experienced and inexperienced skiers,’ says Landreville. ‘It’s a unique discipline and attractive to young skiers interested in trying something new, looking for a new challenge, or even taking up skiing.‘
The Youth Telemark Program at Silver Star is sanctioned by the BC Telemark Ski Association and runs for 10 Sundays starting in the New Year. BC Telemark and Landreville have worked to create an affordable program at $75 for the 10 sessions to encourage participation and to make it easy to take part. They have gone even further and sourced out ski gear for prospective youth to use for the season.
The Youth Telemark Program is meant to introduce all aspects of Telemark Skiing and Landreville will guide skiers through the steps of making Telemark turns and introduce mogul skiing, carving, and powder turns. The program is open to all levels of Telemark skiers.
Telemark skiing is in fact the original form of skiing and requires a Telemark specific binding where the heel is not attached. The lift of the heel through the turn allows for more movement and a true skiing sensation.
‘Telemark seems to have a mystique that it’s difficult to learn and difficult on the body, says Landreville. ‘Recent advancements in gear has made Telemark skiing much easier to learn, much easier on the body, and not nearly as difficult as it is perceived.