Telemark Skiing now Officially Resort Skiing

Post by blogger | January 18, 2005      

It’s official, telemark skiing is now just another way to slide downhill at your favorite resort, along with snowboarding, tubbing, fixed-heel alpine, or riding a cafeteria tray…

“Freeheel skiing is not just backcountry skiing anymore,” says telemark skiing promoter and film maker Josh Murphy, “It used to be that people got into the sport because the gear was light and they wanted to access the backcountry. Now skiers try freeheel skiing and fall in love with it because the feeling is so unique. With modern skis, boots, and bindings it has become an exciting sport that is growing at resorts and in the backcountry.” (From, link broken so removed.)

What Murphy fails to mention (besides tele gear now weighing a ton), is that telemarking is now hip. It’s just plain stylish to be genuflecting down the slope where everyone can see you. Much of resort skiing has always been about style, so nothing wrong with that, but it is amusing that a sport started by granola crunching anti-corporate backcountry skiing furballs (myself included) has become a resort business. Who would have thought?


One Response to “Telemark Skiing now Officially Resort Skiing”

  1. Abdi Pirzadeh February 9th, 2011 9:50 pm

    Your site is awesome, full of inspiring articles and very informative, thanks. I have added your link to my outdoor recreation blog. I live in Glenwood Springs and enjoy the natural resources in our back yard here in the valley. I would like to ski the back country more often but due to my fear of avalanches and inexperience I only ski slopes that are totally safe and offer little pitch. I love Aspen Highlands and usually ski the bowl for the steep back country experience it provides when there is fresh and untracked snow. I have also skied the back country access areas on Aspen and Snowmass. I really want to ski the Maroon Bowl back country access off the top of Highlands but the avalanche I witnessed a few years ago made me aware and scared to death of the possibilities, the whole bowl went…any safety tips or advice?

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