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.

Email info@bctelemark.com for more information or register through the Silver Star Snowsports School. Phone: (250) 558-6065
 Email: snowsports@skisilverstar.com

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.

Registration Draw Entry

Register for the Spring Loaded Telemark Festival by this Friday, March 28th, and have your name entered for the draw prize. We have a set of bindings from 22Designs to give away.

Register before Friday and receive 3 entries into the pool. http://bctelemark.com/eventregistration/

Entries after Friday and before Friday April 4th get 1 entry.

1 additional entry for every BC Telemark t shirt you buy http://bctelemark.com/bc-telemark-shirts/

Draw will take place at the Tele Party, Saturday April 5th at 6PM during the awards. Winner must be present to receive prize!

Recreational Racing!

Telemark racing is not reserved for the members of the World Cup, and the Silver Star Spring Loaded Telemark Festival is an example of this. Telemark skiers out for a good time come from around the province, country, and across borders to compete in this race. Many have never been in a race course before, most race on skis meant for the backcountry, but everyone has a great time challenging themselves and being part of a great group.

Reasons to try Telemark Racing this year

1. To challenge yourself: many beginner and all intermediate and advanced Telemark skiers can challenge themselves, develop some useful skills.

2.  Surprise yourself: Part of challenging yourself may also be surprising yourself. You may find something you really enjoy, you’re good at it, and want to spend more time improving at

3.  Commradery: Refreshing compared to Alpine racing. Race with your friends, race with people you meet for the first time, then ski or party with them later. Telemark racers are more niche than Telemark skiers and are all friends.

4.  End of the season: Don’t hesitate to try something new, even something scary. Where else would you ski a morning in April? There are great course conditions and lots of fun

5. Prizes: You may or may not be the fastest, but there is a large pool of prizes! (not only for the best times!)

.6.Go at your own pace: You are not alone, many competitors have never raced before. The course is set in a way that the fast can go fast and the first time racers can ski at their own pace. Nothing to be afraid of.

7.  Competitive Spirit: If you still have that itch to compete this is your chance to get into the start gate. An open race for all ages and all abilities!

8.   Traditional race and Features: Including all the unique features of a Telemark race!

9 . It’s a FESTIVAL: this is not a ski race, is part of a Festival so come and join the fun!


Telemark Team Event – Spring Loaded Festival

Telemark Team Parallel Race

Teams of 3, 1 Alpine skier allowed per team

Skiers go head to head against another team in a round robin team competition. 2 of 3 wins moves team on to the next round
Race is open to all ages and all ability levels of Telemark. No race skis or race experience required.

Prizes given for top teams, international team winners, oldest team, youngest team, best Silver Star staff team, best Silver Star ski school team, best never ever team, largest combined ski widths and more!

$30 Team, all profits to BC Telemark Youth Programs

(helmets required)

Telemark Day at Norquay – March 30th, 2014

Warm up for the Spring Loaded Festival with the Norquay Telemark day. In support of Right To Play the Alberta Telemark Ski Club is pleased to host ski clinics and the Alberta Telemark Open Championship ski race at Mount Norquay.

Telemark for the Right to Play!
This event is a fundraiser and all proceeds will be donated to Right To Play, please join us for a fun day and to help out this amazing organization. Programming in Canada includes the enhancement of education in priority schools and the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program. Piloted in 2010, as a legacy project from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the PLAY program quickly expanded from two First Nations communities in Northern Ontario to more than 40 communities in Ontario and Manitoba. Currently, Right To Play is exploring the launch of the PLAY program into Alberta in the fall of 2014.

More information on clinics and racing at Norquay found here http://telemarkalberta.com/

BC Telemark shirts!

BC Telemark T-Shirts are here!

Spread the Telemark spirit with brand new BC Telemark T-shirts. Thanks to IREFIN int., all proceeds go to support the BC Telemark events and programs.

Cost:$20 each or 2 for $35. (plus applicable shipping)

Available in Small, Medium, Large and XLarge.

To order, email info@bctelemark.com


Spring Loaded Telemark Festival and Races


Spring Loaded Telemark Festival 2014

Silver Star Mountain Resort and BC Telemark are once again co presenting the Spring Loaded Telemark Festival and Races. In its 3rd year, organizers have been working to make a bigger more exciting program.

New this year:

Team Telemark Parallel – April 4th

Like the Telemark races over the weekend, the Team Parallel includes a Giant Slalom gate section, a wedge jump, and a small skate. Racers ski head to head down parallel courses and teams are searching for a minimum of 2 wins to move on through the round robin competition. Teams are allowed to have 1 Alpine skier and prizes will be awarded for costumes, antics, multiple teams from one place (HINT: SILVER STAR STAFF), largest total ski width between all racers, and of course the winners.

Championships Races – April 5-6th

Last year we hosted the National Championships as part of the Telemark Festival which brought in Elite racers from around the World. Racers competing in the Elite category will be racing for the Championships in the Telemark GS, Telemark Sprint, and Telemark Classic. These are some of the best racers in the World and put on an incredible show as they rip the Giant Slalom, fly off the jump, and push through the skate section to the finish line.

Tele Party – April 5th

The Den in the Silver Star village will be hosting the Festival Saturday night for awards and prizes, live music, and a great time. All ages welcome. Socialize with the local Telemark community and meet racers and skiers from around the World!

Tele Flash Mob – April 6th

This is the chance we’ve been waiting for to show Silver Star Telemark means business. All Telemark skiers, racers, coaches meet at the top of the mountain for a group ski/mass drop. Even if you’re not part of the festival, come join us for this mass drop. Only Telemark a few days a year, make this one of your days and join the photo. Social media, here we come!

Annual Events:

Races – April 5-6

Telemark races are for everyone! Even if you’re not the World’s next best Telemark skier, or if the smallest ski you have is 120mm underfoot, come and be part of our exciting recreational races. All ages, and all abilities are encouraged to race. Racing is a great way to challenge your all mountain skills or kicks start your intermediate skiing. Sprint race includes all the traditional components of a Telemark race including the Giant Slalom section, wedge jump, and skate sections and the Telemark GS only includes a Giant Slalom and wedge. Gender based categories include Junior, Adult, Master.

Demos – April 4-6

Local gear retailer and Tele rental provider will be at Silver Star providing demos for boots, bindings and skis. Try some new equipment, new bindings, and new skis. Manufactures and Tele supporters also present to share the latest gear, what’s new, and how they can set you up. Tents will fill up the Silver Star village so come check out what these folks have brought to share with us.

Clinics – April 5-6

From the $20 learn to Tele special, to Bumps, Carving, and Race specific clinics, Silver Star instructors will lead you through a great 2 hour session. Even the best skiers can have an ‘uh huh’ moment with our experienced instructors. Do you know someone who is interested in learning to Telemark? Well with demos available, and a Learn to Tele special, now is the time. Improve your tactics and skills for the next days race, get some tips for ripping the legendary Silver Star moguls, and become more technical and confident using those edges on the pristine groomers. Register at the Silver Star Ski School


WTF Schedule

The Whistler Telemark Festival is upon us. If you have not yet registered, please do here at bctelemark.com and make sure to take advantage of a lift ticket discount.

The schedule for the day is:

8:00 -9:00am – registrations, waivers and lift tickets at Blackcomb Base 2

9:00am – load lifts

9:00am -12:30 pm- ski groups with a little extra time to pick up stragglers and warm up

12:30 -1:30pm lunch – general meet up, no reserved seating, regroup for afternoon

1:30 -3:15pm  - group ski and race center

3:30pm – Tele Flash Mob

4:00 -6:00pm –  apres party

Please check in with instructors and organizers for any time changes throughout the day!