Telemark is a type of ski in which the heel does not attach to the ski. In order to rotate, the skier lowers his knee and raises his heel, pulling it backwards while allowing the uphill ski to stand forward, allowing it to spin.
Telemark skiers are attracted to skiing in this way because it offers exceptional training and is graceful and artistic. Compared to fixed-heeled alpine skiing, the telemark ski offers much more dimension to the physics of the ski slope, giving the skier a deeper and perhaps more inspiring experience on the mountain. An analogy for telemark skiing downhill on a traditional alpine slope could be to drive an automatic car to a standard vehicle with a wood change, as standard driving gives the driver more dynamism to control the vehicle.
The Telemark ski is said to have been invented by the Norwegian Sondre Nürheim (1897-1825) in Morgedal, in the Telemark region of Norway. In fact, according to archeology, skiing has been practiced from all over Scandinavia and northern Russia for over 4,000 years on wooden skis for transportation, work, hunting and military purposes. However, Nurheim was known for developing and introducing a revolutionary strap that included a strap around the heel in addition to a toe. Noorheim was known for his beautiful skiing techniques such as dancing, ski jumping and his entertaining personality.
Telemark, also known as Scandinavian Skiing and Freestyle Skiing, was one of the first skiing events at the 1924 Winter Olympics during the 1920s, with ski jumping and Scandinavia. Heel or alpine skiing was introduced in the European Alps in the 1930s because alpine skiing was more suitable for steeper slopes in that area. Alpine skiing eventually became the mainstream ski resort as Austria and Switzerland established the first alpine ski slopes after World War II, and the Telmark skiing disappeared in the coming decades.
However, in the United States since the 1970s, remote skiing was revived as ski patrol workers at Crested Butte, with Colorado finding it easier to use lighter skis to move up and down the mountain to conduct avalanche control operations. This soon led to the revival of free skiing, which spread to the United States, especially north of Vermont, and to Europe. In the 1980s, telemarket skiers wore leather boots and high-heeled skis, making spinning a difficult task. However, in recent years, free skiing has become much easier thanks to the development of plastic boots and shorter parasail skis. Today, freestyle skiers can be seen on most ski slopes “dancing in the mountains” and even performing tricks in land parks! The Telemark ski has developed to such an extent that it has almost a lot of fans and thousands of skiers now try it for the first time every year.
Try telemark skiing and see how much fun and valuable it can be for you!