February 25, 2015 - The Whistler Telemark Festival this Sunday!
It looks like a nice sunny weekend; no new snow, but it will be a great day. A few reminders in addition to the day’s itinerary.
Helmets: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE A HELMET. To participate in the festival, you are part of the BC Telemark Ski Association and as such, you are required to where a helmet. In the past, skiers without a helmet, have just rented one for the day.
Photo Contest: Take photos throughout the day, post on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the hashtag #WTF2015 and #WorldTelemarkDay. If posting on Facebook, make sure to tag @BCTelemark so we can see all your great photos. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day for great photos, action shots, most unique hashtags and much more.
Here is the rough itinerary for Sunday, along with attached maps. Please read carefully, there is some important information within.
February 07, 2015 - Photo contest at the Whistler Telemark Festival
The Whistler Telemark Festival will be full of fun activities so don’t forget to take out your phone and snap some photos of your friends, or new friends skiing down the mountain. During lunch or your chairlift rides, post those photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win great prizes.
While posting your photos, remember to use #WTF2015. If you’re sharing on Facebook, tag BC Telemark.
Prizes will be awarded in the evening for some of the best photos.
Don’t forget, the Whistler Telemark Festival is part of a bigger event #worldtelemarkday
February 04, 2015 - Register now for the Whistler Telemark Festival
Registration is open for the Whistler Telemark Festival 2015. For full details and the registration form head over to the event page.
January 06, 2015 - Let's Tele at Silver Star
Back by popular demand, the Let’s Tele program at Silver Star is an inexpensive way to learn to Telemark, or continue to improve your freeheel skills.
Let’s Tele is a partnership program between the Silver Star Snowsports School and BC Telemark aimed at all ages and all abilities. Participants can register for either 1 lesson or 1 session, which includes 3 lessons.
‘This 3 lesson program allows skiers to grasp the concept of Telemark or be shown ways to practice and improve at sport’ says Guy Paulsen, Nordic Manager at Silver Star. ‘Soon, they will be enjoying the mountain in a whole new way’.
Skiers can register for 3 lessons at $118 or $45 for a 1 lesson drop-in rate.
‘Our instructors are talented at identifying areas for improvement and giving skiers the skills to make those improvements’ says Shane Landreville, BC Telemark President. ‘They can enthusiastically teach everyone from beginners who have never been on Telemark skis before, to technically skilled veteran free-heelers’.
Let’s Tele starts session 1 on Sunday January 11th from 9 – 11am and continues on January 18th and 25th. The second session has lessons on February 1st, 8th, and 15th. Rental skis are available from True Outdoors in Vernon.
Let’s Tele is a great opportunity to meet other local Telemark skiers and gain experience and confidence for the Spring Loaded Telemark Festival in March.
November 3, 2014 - Silver Star Youth Program
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.