About Skitele

SKITELE.com grew out of the need for a telemark-specific website that truly represents what is currently happening in the telemark community.  Over the past 10 years telemark skiing has seen major developments in equipment and a significant growth in popularity.  We truly feel that the next few years will be monumental to the growth and future of the sport.  With this growth, the need for an online information resource that separates telemark skiing from other forms of winter recreation has also become more necessary. Here at skiTELE.com we will try our best to represent the telemark community accurately and supply the most useful telemark information available. We live and die to drop our knees each and every winter. That is why we have made our homes and developed our lifestyles in one of our favorite telemark communities…Jackson Hole, Wyoming! If you are ever out in our area this winter, please drop us a line so that we can share some turns with you. We are out in the mountains most every day and appreciate every moment out there. Don’t worry, skiTELE.com won’t be taking all the powder…there are only two of us.

Beginner Section

Your First Tele Setup?

As a beginning telemarker you can learn the turn on just about any gear that has a free heel. However, there are noticeable advantages to a good tele setup, and if...

New To Telemark?

In the last couple of years telemark skiing has grown significantly in the United States, due largely to the development of telemark equipment. Modern plastic boots and cable bindings have transformed...

What is Telemark Skiing?

Telemark actually refers to a type of turn, not a type of skiing, even though its name has become synonymous with the latter. The word "telemark" comes from a county in...

Telemark Skiing

best places to go skiing

Seven Best Places for Skiing and Snowboarding In the World

Whether you want to snowboard or ski during your holiday vacation, choosing the best sites is often paramount. Below is a list of the seven best places in the world you...

Avalanche Fund Reorganized to Better Ensure Access to Forecast Information

The Avalanche Fund, formerly the American Avalanche Advisory Fund, has reorganized to best ensure access to winter backcountry avalanche forecast information. The first meeting will be Saturday February 1, at the...

Canadian wins the Life-Link/Dynafit Randonnee Rally at Whistler.

The 2003 Life-Link/Dynafit Randonnee Rally series began in Whistler, British Colombia, Canada. Canadian Gregory Hill, of Revelstoke, pulled off an amazing up-set as he over-took favored Jeff Banks on the final...

Rainey Designs Announces Dealer Program

Rainey Designs Inc. announced today that their critically acclaimed and award-winning HammerHead and SuperLoop telemark bindings will be available at select outdoor shops in the U.S. For more than a decade,...

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Seven Best Places for Skiing and Snowboarding In the World

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Whether you want to snowboard or ski during your holiday vacation, choosing the best sites is often paramount. Below is a list of the seven best places in the world you can ever wish to explore regarding skiing and snowboarding. Snowbird, Utah, USA Situated in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird has loads of different and easily accessible terrain, great for both snowboarding and skiing. It boasts of almost 5000 acres of slopes that offer a perfect terrain for skiing and snowboarding. The Snowbird has the most vertical terrain that enables skiers to charge the steeps. The snow available at Snowbird is popularly known for its outstanding lightness with more than two meters of dry powder. Snowbird also provides a tour of the mountain slopes starting from the plaza deck every morning from 9.30 to 10.30am at no cost. Chamonix, France. Exploring the compacted snow against the extraordinary backdrop on the steep…

What is Skiing

Skiing, amusement, game, and method of transportation that includes moving over snow by the utilization of a couple of long, level sprinters called skis, joined or bound to shoes or boots. Aggressive skiing is isolated into Alpine, Nordic, and free-form occasions. Rivalries are additionally held in occasions, for example, speed skiing and snowboarding. History: Skiing was an ancient movement; the most seasoned known skis date to in the vicinity of 8000 and 7000 BCE and were found in Russia. Early skis have been found in numerous territories of northern Europe: a 4,000-year-old shake cutting portraying skis was found close to the Arctic Circle in Norway, and several ski parts that are 1,000 to 3,500 years of age have been found in swamps in Sweden, Norway, and Finland. A portion of the principal skis was short and wide, looking like snowshoes more than present-day skis. Skiing positively was not bound to…

Skiing tips for beginners

Whether you are just getting started or already have some level of proficiency which you gained a few months ago, we will run you down with the most basic and most helpful tips to equip you for your next Skiing adventure. Balance. Balance. Balance:   One should work towards first finding your balance on the ground. This can be done in multiple ways by remaining in your boots with the goal that the weight from the tongue of the boot feels similarly disseminated from shin to calf. A large portion of your weight ought to be felt between the rear area and the curve of the foot.Find how to “stroll” by on the other hand sliding one ski in front of the other. Follow the concept of running straight: Next, go only a couple of feet up a delicate slant. Your shoulders and hands should look down the slope, while…

Telemark skiing? How it all started

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There is worldwide interest in the history of Telemark skiing. That’s clearly the impression given to designers of the web site on Sondre Norheim, legendary Norwegian skier and inventor of the Telemark style. Since the site was launched last summer, people from over fifty countries in all parts of the world have visited www.sondrenorheim.com. Most visitors live in the United States, Canada, Scandinavia and southern Europe, but also countries like Japan, Australia, Mexico, Chile, Belize and Saudi Arabia are represented. It’s great that so many people are interested in how it all began, say Anne-Gry Blikom and Eivind Molde, Norwegian journalists who created the web site. We hope that people who visit the site will learn something new about this important part of the history of skiing. Sondre Norheim, born in Morgedal, Telemark in 1825, is known worldwide as the Father of Modern Skiing. This poor cotter from the Norwegian…

Spanish National Team member wins the Life-Link/Dynafit Randonnee Rally at Crested Butte

Backcountry athletes swarmed Crested Butte, Colorado to participate in the first Life-Link/Dynafit Randonnee Rally to be held in that state. The second stop of 2003 series proved to be an exciting international competition. Toti Bes, of the Spanish National Ski-Mountaineering Team, completed the course in an amazing one hour 50 minute time. Fellow team member Alforso Gaston placed second, and local Crested Butte ski patroller, Ethan Passant came in third. Crested Butte women took first and second. Dawn French won the women’s racing category with a time of two hours 29 minutes. Janae Deverell just edged out Monique Merrill, of Breckenridge, for second place. “The Crested Butte course was the most challenging to date. Eric Baum, and the rest of Crested Butte ski patrol, did a fabulous job plotting and setting the course. This course has raised the bar for the rest of the competitions,” stated John Scott Executive Vice-President…

Black Diamond AvaLung Breathes Life Into Avalanche Awareness

With major avalanches gaining headlines throughout North America, Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., a global leader in climbing and backcountry gear, continues to gain field acceptance for the innovative AvaLung among snow professionals, patrollers and operators of helicopter skiing outfits. ³We are exceptionally pleased with how the AvaLung 2 is steadily becoming a part of the standard backcountry avalanche kit,² states Peter Metcalf, Black Diamond CEO ³ From the beginning, we realized that the AvaLung would only gain acceptance with serious users over time. The AvaLung has proven itıs utility in the field and is continuing to gain international acceptance with avalanche forecasters, patrollers and backcountry guides.² In the past month, major slides have claimed the lives of backcountry skiers in Canada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Avalanches have reached headline status in major newspapers across the country while the Canadian Government is considering a national policy for winter backcountry recreation in…

G3 Avalanche Probe Recall or Retrofit

G3 Genuine Guide Gear Inc. has investigated a potential defect associated with the assembly of 2002/03 G3 Professional and Industrial Avalanche Probes. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), G3 is voluntarily announcing a Recall of 2002/03 G3 Professional and Industrial Avalanche Probes and issuing a Product Advisory for all G3 Avalanche Probes purchased prior to August 2002. 2002.03 G3 PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL AVALANCHE PROBE RECALL A small number of cable locking tension mechanisms in 2002/03 G3 Avalanche Probes have failed during attempts to assemble the probes. This poses a potential for delay in the search and rescue of possible avalanche victims. Any probe purchased after August 2002 must be returned to your G3 Dealer. Your probe will be tested by G3, repaired if necessary and clearly marked before returning it to your dealer. 2002/03 G3 Avalanche Probes are identified with ‘PROFESSIONAL’ or ‘INDUSTRIAL’ markings as shown…

Avalanche Fund Reorganized to Better Ensure Access to Forecast Information

The Avalanche Fund, formerly the American Avalanche Advisory Fund, has reorganized to best ensure access to winter backcountry avalanche forecast information. The first meeting will be Saturday February 1, at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City. Peter Metcalf, CEO of Black Diamond and Bruce Greenstein, President of the Friends of the Northwest Avalanche Center will co-chair the Board of Directors. The mission of the Avalanche Fund (AF) is to provide support and pursue stable funding for backcountry avalanche centers. The AF will execute its mission through the creation, encouragement and support of regional Friends of Avalanche Center Groups; serving as a national voice on avalanche issues; and providing advocacy at the state and federal level. The AF Board of Directors is comprised of representatives of the backcountry ski and snowboard community, ski area industry, avalanche professionals, guides, and outdoor industry manufacturers and retailers. Specifically Patagonia, Burton, Black…

Canadian wins the Life-Link/Dynafit Randonnee Rally at Whistler.

The 2003 Life-Link/Dynafit Randonnee Rally series began in Whistler, British Colombia, Canada. Canadian Gregory Hill, of Revelstoke, pulled off an amazing up-set as he over-took favored Jeff Banks on the final downhill. Hill finished with a time of one hour 30 minutes and fifteen seconds. Banks, the 2002 Jackson Hole Champion, finished second and Brendan OíNeil, the 2001 Champion, come in third. Nancy Johnston, the women’s 2001 Jackson Hole Champion, placed first in the women’s race category with a time of one hour 58 minutes and 15 seconds. Heather Paul came in second and Polly Samules third. “The Whistler Blackcomb venue was one of the more spectacular race sites we have visited. The amount and variety of both inbounds and out of bounds terrain is truly amazing.” stated John Scott Executive Vice-President of Life-Link. “The Whistler Ski Patrol designed a dramatic race course. Like true ski mountaineering, the course went…

Rainey Designs Announces Dealer Program

Rainey Designs Inc. announced today that their critically acclaimed and award-winning HammerHead and SuperLoop telemark bindings will be available at select outdoor shops in the U.S. For more than a decade, Rainey Designs has been the undisputed leader in designing and marketing revolutionary telemark bindings, and owner Russell Rainey says he’s excited about his new distribution plans. “We are thrilled to be working again with a number of shops that have shown a real commitment to the sport we love,” said Rainey. Beginning this fall, the Rainey Designs dealer program will include a limited number of retailers in exclusive territories. “Our first year success with the HammerHead was so great that we received numerous requests from dealers who wanted to sell the sport’s best performing and most durable binding,” Rainey continued. “The dealers who will participate in our new program will be required to show a real commitment to our…