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U.S. Telemark National Championships At Gunstock Mountain Resort

By March 1, 2012

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Attention Free Heelers - Gunstock Mountain Resort will be hosting the 2012 U. S. Telemark National Championships on March 9, 10, and 11.

The weekend will feature races in Classic, Sprint Classic and Giant Slalom.  Race categories will include Citizen's (just for fun), Junior 1, Junior 2, and Elite. If you want in, you can register online through March 4th or on the day of the race.

Telemark skiing is named after the Telemark region in Norway, its country of origin.  Often called Tele or free heel skiing, the sport is known for its graceful turns and grueling physical activity.  A typical Telemark race course begins with what looks like a Giant Slalom, then utilizes a ski jump, incorporates a 360-turn called a reipeløkke and then ends with a skate-ski across the finish line.

When the popularity of Alpine skiing soared during the 1960's, interest in Telemark skiing waned. However,in recent years the sport has  experienced a comeback as skiers started to embrace Tele skiing, which they find is just another way to play on the mountain. Advances in Telemark equipment have also lead to the resurgence of the sport.

Everyone is invited to attend this event, learn more about this exciting sport, and meet the members of the U. S. Telemark Ski Team.  A banquet with the US National Racers will be held on Saturday night. Check out the United States Telemark Skiing Association for more information about this event and about Telemark skiing.

Read More: Telemark Skiing 101

On Poster is Josh Lanzetta current member of the U. S. Telemark Ski Team Copyright U. S. Telemark Ski Associstion /Gunstock Mountain Resort

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