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Skiing & Snowboarding (general)

Skiing & Snowboarding (general)

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    Colin Stone
    Colin Stone
    Posted: 08 Oct 2018 18:49

    I guess many are thinking about next winter. So I thought I'd let all telemarkers, and anyone thinking of giving it a go, know/remind about the GB Telemark Training and National Championships. The event is formally known as Exercise Telemark Titan 2019 12-24 January, and is run by the Army Telemark Ski Association (ATSA) but is also open to civilians. Briefly, the event consists of a weeks instruction for all levels from alpine skiers wishing to learn telemark, to training the GB World Cup Squad and those endeavouring to get into the squad. The instruction is first class and depending on numbers may be just french instructors or include well know english instructors, eg Telemark Tracks. Daily instruction is 0900 - 1630 with around 1 - 11/2 hours for lunch. Group size is approx 6 although novice classes may be a little larger. For the non serious GB squad telemarkers, the emphasis is on being or becoming an all mountain telemarker. So conditions permitting, everything from on piste to deep powder to moguls is covered. Race instruction is not the main activity, but some will include round the gates, jumping and skating. Adjustable poles that extend to around 1m 50cm are a good idea for skating! This will be the third year in PLV and up to 150 telemarkers are easily catered for. Last year the numbers dropped to around 110 Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and civilians (25 ish), mainly due to military commitments etc, so there is ample scope for us civilians to get involved and keep up numbers. For some reason the RAF Telemarkers do their own thing somewhere else. Then there are a few days of racing. For novices, a few development races and the better ones do get into the GB Telemark Championships. The GB Championships are for all and from that the GB World Cup team is selected. Finally, a Mountain Race. This involves skinning up a hill and skiing down, repeated for 3 laps. Either in 1 lap relay teams, or as a solo. Some instruction continues during the racing days for novices. The event is hosted in the delightful resort of Pralognan la Vanoise, south east of Moutiers and next valley to the east of Courcheval. Full board accomodation is in the Hotel Vacanciel, large buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and short walk to the lifts - lift pass included. Single rooms, for civilians at least. Large free open car parking area - shovel and snow chains are a good idea. ATSA lays on transfers for Geneva to PLV but there is a charge.  Cost for civilians £900. Kit can be hired for the event. The initial details are usually published in August, with confirmed details in the autumn. It is great fun and a terrific opportunity to meet telemarkers at all levels and ages. After Ex TT, the French are hosting a round of the 2018/19 Telemark World Cup in PLV.  Any questions and I can emaill documents, please pm me. Please also see https://mobile.facebook.com/ArmyTelemark/?_rdc=1&_rdr where the instruction can be downloaded.  

  • Philip Clive
    Philip Clive
    Posted: 17 Oct 2018 19:05

    Colin Stone: Colin, well done for posting this; there is not enough about Telemarking in SCGB. I hope that you attract some members for this. I am a keen Telemarker but will be on my own warm up week (probably the only Telemarker) on the SCGB trip to Pila before a week's touring in the Queyras south of Briancon. Hope the National Championships go well.

    Best wishes