SECRETARY TELEMARK

Maj Rich Wright
Telemark stems from the earliest form of skiing and is characterised by the Telemark turn. The style is graceful, flexible and, at times, a considerable physical challenge!

 

Regulations

EX TELEMARK TITAN 2020

EX TELEMARK TITAN 2020

TE-04B - Mountain Race Start

Exercise TELEMARK TITAN 2020 (Ex TT20), the British, Royal Navy (RN), Army and Royal Air Force (RAF) Telemark Ski Championships run by the Army Telemark Ski Association (ATSA) will take place in Pralongnan La Vanoise in France, over the period 11-23 January 2020.

EX TT DIN

Alcohol Policy

Medical Plan

Annex F – Athlete’s Declaration

EX TT poster 

GOVERNING BODIES

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.

ATSA AIMS

  • Encourage new telemarkers to start racing.
  • Run an annual Telemark championships. Through this, promote RN, RAF & Inter-Services Telemark racing, and provide a focus for British Telemark racing; this event is therefore open to RN, RAF, UK Civilian and other military competitors, with individual and team prizes awarded accordingly.
  • Send a British Army team to the Inter Services Championships.
  • Support GB Telemark – the focus for the British national team.
The International Ski Federation – click here to visit the Telemark pages of their website.

WHAT IS TELEMARKING?

THE TELEMARK TURN

Telemark skiers have cable bindings, which allow the heel to rise during turns – hence the term ‘free heel’ skiing. Telemark skiing is therefore characterised by the ‘telemark turn’, in which the outside ski leads in the turn and the inside ski trails, with the knee bent and the heel raised. (By contrast, Alpine skiers’ boots are fastened firmly to their skis and the inside ski leads in the turn.)

TELEMARK HISTORY

telemarkFor possibly thousands of years, Norwegians crossed the land in winter using two wooden skis: one long one and one short one, which helped to push the skier along with a ‘skating’ action. By the 1200s, equal length skis were in use, although these were long, straight and difficult to turn. Sondre Norheim was a Norwegian farmer and carpenter, who shortened and ‘waisted’ his skis, and developed flexible larch bindings, that allowed him to turn and stop easily. He demonstrated his telemark turn at a ski-jumping competition in 1868 and this led to a huge rise in the popularity of skiing. The telemark turn was further developed into the Stem Christie turn, which was easier and better-suited to steeper ground, and this gave rise to Alpine skiing. For more, see the excellent Wikipedia article on Telemarking.

MODERN TELEMARKING

Telemarking enjoyed a strong revival in the 1980s in the US. Although it started as a traditionalist movement, Telemark skiing has since benefited from the application of modern technology and a steady widening of interest around the world. You still can ski in the backwoods with wooden skis and leather boots, if you like, but the top end of the sport also employs the latest ski technology, enabling a very demanding sport.

WHY TELEMARK?

telemark

There are lots of reasons why you might like to give it a go:

Looking for a Change? Some Alpine skiers come to telemarking having ‘become bored’ of downhill skiing. Telemarking offers a huge range of possibilities: it’s great on downhill slopes, ideally suited to off-piste and fantastic in deep powder.

Challenge. Somewhere mid-run, your thigh muscles will absolutely insist that Telemarking is more physical than Alpine skiing! It takes time to master, but it’s worth persevering.

Freedom. Unless you’re wearing top racing kit, Telemark bindings and boots are a lot more comfortable and easier to move in than Alpine kit. Slip on some skins, head for the quiet spots and make some tracks down new snow fields!

Tradition. Some like the traditional aspect to telemarking and enjoy turning heads as they ski past with Norwegian jersey and larch pole. If this is your thing, you can still buy new all-wooden skis and leather boots, for a truly ‘back to nature’ experience.


Telemark News

Telemark 2019

| News, Telemark | No Comments
EX TELEMARK TITAN 2019 - Major Richard J Wright 2019 saw the British and Army Championships (Ex TELEMARK TITAN) return to Pralognon-la-Vanoise (PLV), France for the third consecutive year. This…

Telemark Season Report – 2018

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Telemark Season Report - 2018 Lt Robbie Houstoun Twenty Eighteen saw the British and Army Championships (Ex TELEMARK TITAN) return to Pralognon-la-Vanoise, France for the second year in a row.…

EX TELEMARK TITAN 2018

| News, Telemark | No Comments
Fabulous report from Forces.net about this year's EX TELEMARK TITAN. all the way up to the British team."] Earlier in the week Forces Network caught up with Major Dafydd Howells,…

Telemark Championships 2018

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80 skiers recently took to the slopes in Pralognan-la-Vanoise, France to compete in Exercise Telemark Titan the British Army Telemark Skiing Championships. The exercise began with 5 days of familiarisation…

2017 AGM report and 2018 AGM

| Alpine, Bobsleigh, Cresta, Events, Luge, News, Nordic, Skeleton, Snowboard, Telemark | No Comments
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY The 2017 AGM will be on Tuesday 6 Novovember 18 at the Cav & Gds Club in London. VICE CHAIRMAN’S REPORT TO THE 2017 AWSA AGM…

Army Sports Lottery Grants

| Alpine, Bobsleigh, Ex-PD, Ex-SH, Ex-SL, Luge, News, Nordic, Skeleton, Snowboard, Telemark | No Comments
Army Sports Lottery Grants Applications for an ASL Overseas Tour/Courses Grant must be received a minimum of 6 weeks before your departure date or the course start date, these must…
Telemark stems from the earliest form of skiing and is characterised by the Telemark turn. The style is graceful, flexible and, at times, a considerable physical challenge!

 

Regulations

EX TELEMARK TITAN 2020

EX TELEMARK TITAN 2020

TE-04B - Mountain Race Start

Exercise TELEMARK TITAN 2020 (Ex TT20), the British, Royal Navy (RN), Army and Royal Air Force (RAF) Telemark Ski Championships run by the Army Telemark Ski Association (ATSA) will take place in Pralongnan La Vanoise in France, over the period 11-23 January 2020.

EX TT DIN

Alcohol Policy

Medical Plan

Annex F – Athlete’s Declaration

EX TT poster 

GOVERNING BODIES

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.

ATSA AIMS

  • Encourage new telemarkers to start racing.
  • Run an annual Telemark championships. Through this, promote RN, RAF & Inter-Services Telemark racing, and provide a focus for British Telemark racing; this event is therefore open to RN, RAF, UK Civilian and other military competitors, with individual and team prizes awarded accordingly.
  • Send a British Army team to the Inter Services Championships.
  • Support GB Telemark – the focus for the British national team.
The International Ski Federation – click here to visit the Telemark pages of their website.

WHAT IS TELEMARKING?

THE TELEMARK TURN

Telemark skiers have cable bindings, which allow the heel to rise during turns – hence the term ‘free heel’ skiing. Telemark skiing is therefore characterised by the ‘telemark turn’, in which the outside ski leads in the turn and the inside ski trails, with the knee bent and the heel raised. (By contrast, Alpine skiers’ boots are fastened firmly to their skis and the inside ski leads in the turn.)

TELEMARK HISTORY

telemarkFor possibly thousands of years, Norwegians crossed the land in winter using two wooden skis: one long one and one short one, which helped to push the skier along with a ‘skating’ action. By the 1200s, equal length skis were in use, although these were long, straight and difficult to turn. Sondre Norheim was a Norwegian farmer and carpenter, who shortened and ‘waisted’ his skis, and developed flexible larch bindings, that allowed him to turn and stop easily. He demonstrated his telemark turn at a ski-jumping competition in 1868 and this led to a huge rise in the popularity of skiing. The telemark turn was further developed into the Stem Christie turn, which was easier and better-suited to steeper ground, and this gave rise to Alpine skiing. For more, see the excellent Wikipedia article on Telemarking.

MODERN TELEMARKING

Telemarking enjoyed a strong revival in the 1980s in the US. Although it started as a traditionalist movement, Telemark skiing has since benefited from the application of modern technology and a steady widening of interest around the world. You still can ski in the backwoods with wooden skis and leather boots, if you like, but the top end of the sport also employs the latest ski technology, enabling a very demanding sport.

WHY TELEMARK?

telemark

There are lots of reasons why you might like to give it a go:

Looking for a Change? Some Alpine skiers come to telemarking having ‘become bored’ of downhill skiing. Telemarking offers a huge range of possibilities: it’s great on downhill slopes, ideally suited to off-piste and fantastic in deep powder.

Challenge. Somewhere mid-run, your thigh muscles will absolutely insist that Telemarking is more physical than Alpine skiing! It takes time to master, but it’s worth persevering.

Freedom. Unless you’re wearing top racing kit, Telemark bindings and boots are a lot more comfortable and easier to move in than Alpine kit. Slip on some skins, head for the quiet spots and make some tracks down new snow fields!

Tradition. Some like the traditional aspect to telemarking and enjoy turning heads as they ski past with Norwegian jersey and larch pole. If this is your thing, you can still buy new all-wooden skis and leather boots, for a truly ‘back to nature’ experience.


Telemark News

Telemark 2019

| News, Telemark | No Comments
EX TELEMARK TITAN 2019 - Major Richard J Wright 2019 saw the British and Army Championships (Ex TELEMARK TITAN) return to Pralognon-la-Vanoise (PLV), France for the third consecutive year. This…

Telemark Season Report – 2018

| Telemark | No Comments
Telemark Season Report - 2018 Lt Robbie Houstoun Twenty Eighteen saw the British and Army Championships (Ex TELEMARK TITAN) return to Pralognon-la-Vanoise, France for the second year in a row.…

EX TELEMARK TITAN 2018

| News, Telemark | No Comments
Fabulous report from Forces.net about this year's EX TELEMARK TITAN. all the way up to the British team."] Earlier in the week Forces Network caught up with Major Dafydd Howells,…

Telemark Championships 2018

| News, Telemark | No Comments
80 skiers recently took to the slopes in Pralognan-la-Vanoise, France to compete in Exercise Telemark Titan the British Army Telemark Skiing Championships. The exercise began with 5 days of familiarisation…

2017 AGM report and 2018 AGM

| Alpine, Bobsleigh, Cresta, Events, Luge, News, Nordic, Skeleton, Snowboard, Telemark | No Comments
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY The 2017 AGM will be on Tuesday 6 Novovember 18 at the Cav & Gds Club in London. VICE CHAIRMAN’S REPORT TO THE 2017 AWSA AGM…

Army Sports Lottery Grants

| Alpine, Bobsleigh, Ex-PD, Ex-SH, Ex-SL, Luge, News, Nordic, Skeleton, Snowboard, Telemark | No Comments
Army Sports Lottery Grants Applications for an ASL Overseas Tour/Courses Grant must be received a minimum of 6 weeks before your departure date or the course start date, these must…

SECRETARY TELEMARK

Maj Rich Wright