EX TELEMARK TITAN 15
The 2015 Army Telemark Ski Association (ATSA) Championships (Ex TELEMARK TITAN) will run from 10-22 January 2015 in Rauris, Austria. Competitors will arrive on 10 January 2015, conduct training from 11-15 January 2015 and, dependent on ability, race 16-21 January 2015. Dispersal is not before 22 January 20151. This instruction is to be read in conjunction with 2013DIN07-099 Army European Winter Activity Instruction (likely to be updated August 2014) and AGAI Vol 1, Chap 5 (Sport). Full instructions can be downloaded here.
Entry Form. The Registration Form for the ATSA 2015 Championships is at Annex C. Registration Forms should be returned electronically to the Championship Secretary, Capt J Dowdell, NLT 31 Oct 14 at email@example.com.
10 Reasons to Telemark!
WORLD CUP 2013
The Army Telemark Ski Association (ATSA)
The Army Telemark Ski Association (ATSA) was set up in 2007 to promote Telemark skiing at all levels within the British Army.However, we welcome and encourage all participants. Our Championships are held in January every year and are open to all services and UK civilians making them the Open British Telemark Championships.
2012 Season Review
Brig Dickie Haldenby
Rauris, Austria was again the venue for the fifth Army Telemark skiing championships in January 2012, an event characterized by the high volume of snow on the slopes throughout the competition; in fact the village was cut off for several days by a large avalanche. For the first few days of training it barely stopped snowing at all and it was doing so steadily during the opening event, the championship Giant Slalom. Maj Andrew Clarke RA set the pace by winning this event and, as it turned out, all Army and Inter-Services downhill races this season. Other Army championship GS medals went to Maj ‘Chippy’ White RE (silver) and Maj Phil Grove RE (bronze).
The weather was better for the championship Sprint and Classic races that followed. Maj Clarke again dominated but the Sprint saw a change behind him with Capt Alex Kealy RIFLES taking silver and Maj ‘Tigs’ Chohan RLC bronze. Behind Maj Clarke at the Classic race was Maj White and Capt Kealy once more. The combination results for the three FIS events were, in order, Maj Clarke, Capt Kealy and Maj White. In the female category the results were the same for all three championship events and the combination: OCdt Anna Morrisey of Edinburgh UOTC in first place and Lt Col Suzanne Anderson AGC(ETS) second.
The Mountain race, this year longer and with more climb, requires fitness and determination as much as downhill skill, and the winners were newcomers to the podium. Capt Ross Carter REME produced an immensely strong performance to take gold, followed by Maj Ben Sawyer RLC.
The Army took a strong team to the inter-Service Championships at Meribel, comprising Maj Andrew Clarke RA (Captain), backed up by Maj ‘Tigs’ Chohan RLC, Maj Ben Sawye RLC, Maj ‘Chippy’ White RE, Maj Phil Grove RE, Capt Alex Kealy RIFLES and OCdt Anna Morrisey of Edinburgh UOTC. With several of the stronger members of the Royal Navy team that made the competition so close in 2011 unavailable, and the RAF in their first racing season, the Army entered ISSSC as strong favorites and did not disappoint. Maj Clarke dominated the races, winning the GS, Sprint, Classic and Parallel Slalom. OCdt Morrisey achieved bronze place in the Sprint and GS, with Capt Kealy a silver in the Sprint and a bronze in the Classic. Maj White won a highly deserved silver medal in the Parallel Slalom with some consistently strong racing. Overall the Army were the combined team champions this year by some margin. There was one further success: Capt Alex Kealy was awarded the medal for best newcomer Telemarker at the Inter-Service Championships prize-giving on the final night.
Overall there was some great racing in 2012 with the average quality of Army Telemarkers being notably higher than in previous seasons. The Chairman’s Prize for 2012 was awarded to Capt Ross Carter REME for his work to develop skiing in the REME over the last year, his inclusive approach in doing so, his strong performance in the downhill events and for winning the Mountain Race.
Finally, I have been Chairman of Army Telemark for over five years since its inception and have now been invited to step up as the Vice-Chairman of the Army Winter Sports Association. Although I will not be as closely involved in Telemark from now on I will nevertheless continue to support the discipline from my new position. My sincere thanks to the rest of the committee who have put in all the really hard work these last five years and who have done so much to bring the discipline to maturity as an Army sport. I also look forward to skiing with Army Telemarkers, and following their progress, for many years to come.
Maj J E M Carey-Hughes KRH
Hot on the heels of the Army and British Telemark competitions, the final event of the Championships in Rauris was the Mountain Race. Although only in its second year, the event looks set to become the Blue Ribbon event for military telemark skiing, testing the full repertoire of the skier’s ability. Strong levels of fitness, determination and stamina are required for the climbs, while speed and technical skill are needed for the downhill sections. The different legs of the course also required consideration of tactics, both for individual and also the team competitors, with some preferring heroic herringbone to skins on the shorter climbs.
Thankfully the challenging weather conditions of 2011’s race were not repeated this year, which allowed for the creation of a more substantial course, featuring longer climbs and greater distances – although the initial steepness of the Le Mans start was not appreciated by everybody! The course began with a mixed gentle downhill and uphill section, followed by an endless punishing climb up the Waldalm, which soon sorted the men from the boys – and indeed husband from wife in one instance (see pic of Lt-Col Suzanne Anderson AGC). A further downhill section led to the final long climb up the Heimalm before the closing dash down a Wispi, punctuated with several obstacles on route, and finishing with hot soup and prizes at Nico’s Restaurant. All competitors put in a spirited performance, but Capt Ross Carter REME excelled to take Gold, followed by Maj Ben Sawyer RLC taking Silver.