A Kootenay Freeheel Festival March 16/17, 2013
hosted at Kimberley Alpine Resort
in conjunction with BC Telemark
From a ramble to a scramble A Kootenay Freeheel Festival is a fine fine way to spend a day on the mountain. Kimberley Alpine Resort is the host for a full day of competitions, and a day of telemark clinics and gear demos.
Saturday’s competitions include ‘The Northstar Ramble’, ‘the Sushi Scramble’, ‘Old Dogs, New Tricks Beauty Contest’ and in conjunction with BC Telemark an old school dual slalom and evening presentation of the film “Let’s Go!” by Telemark Skier Magazine. Sunday there will be clinics for novices and intermediates, gear demos and mentor runs in the late afternoon. There will be prizes in all competitions, door prizes, and early registration rewards.
The Northstar Ramble is a short circuit through part of Kimberley’s terrain. Teams of two will ski, boot, skin, and skate their way to the top of the mountain and ski back down. Along the way the team will collect cards for their “poker hand”. Teams are vying for best time, best poker hand, and judged for ‘heavy metal’ handicap, pack preparation, and costume. Race is open to all disciplines (tele, AT, split board). The course record is up for grabs this year, it could be yours for the taking!
BC Telemark is on-line for an “old school dual slalom”also on Saturday. Race against your teammate to try for the best average time on this fun course, best team time is a plus… but so is team costume, team’s age spread (grandparent and grandkid teams score highest), and best run judged by our on course timers. The only caveat is one team member must be on telemark gear. Two runs per team to try for your best score.
After the “race” awards on the Plaza we take a short break before opening the ‘Stemwinder Smoker’. Line up early to hold your place in the “Sushi Scramble” obstacle course… up and down, around, over, under and through… all in the flats beside the Plaza. Flex your freeheel might (you must compete in cross country or telemark gear), and win some sushi that night. Scramble open to all ages (12 and under are ok on alpine gear).
Then we head inside the Stemwinder for the movie…”Let’s Go!”, from Telemark Skier Magazine… and at intermission we see who can teach their “old dogs” some “new tricks”. Contestants will be asked to show off their most beaten pair of telemark or AT boots. Yes, you have to wear the boots. Yes, you have to show your legs. Yes, you have to have a paragraph/rap/poem/haiku ready to express your love for your boots. Yes, your face (and upper body) will be behind a screen. Yes, somebody else (the MC) will read your writing. Yes, the sole winner will be chosen by popular vote after the final booty shake. Yes, the winner gets a ‘sur’prize. Yes, we will watch the rest of the movie.
Then on Sunday, come on back to Kimberley Alpine Resort for a telemark clinic, a mentor run (a very informal tutorial) or a browse through the Freeheel Market. The “market” will be an ad-hoc colllection of regional sports consignors and retailers with end-of-season deals on (new and used) telemark and alpine touring gear. Maybe we will cap it all off with a mass drop from Kootenay Haus.
This will be the first ever Kootenay Freeheel Festival thanks to our many local and regional sponsors, and we would love to share their enthusiasm for the festival with you.
For more information, or registration go to <bctelemark.com>, and click on the events page.
Registration will be online soon