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  • The Guts of it - Interski - Part 6 - 10-12/09/15 | Telemark Phat
    early lead change at the top of the turn Their teaching style relies heavily on analogy and to communicate ideas and movements The Slovenian workshop was on carving and revealed the strong race focus in Slovenian Telemarking They ski with a long stance a quick lead change at the top of the turn and with as much of their weight as possible on the front ski After a day in bed I was back at it for the closing ceremony and Italy s workshop on Friday The Italians have changed their style a lot in recent years with a tighter stance and less rotation in their skiing The Italians focus on even weighting with steering coming from the telemark movement and some hip rotation The Italians showed off their new first turn which involves a snowplow into the fall line then the skis are bought into parallel and the turn is finished off in a telemark It s as confusing as it sounds For the closing ceremony the Telemarkers abandoned their national teams and instead did an international demo as the Telemark Nation Micahel Turek s demo run for Cezch The Finnish Nordic skier joined in on the Demo Slope The Finns had Santa on their team The was so much snow the Agentinian Team became old fashioned groomers The US Telemarkers Scottie Mcgee Jim Shaw and Ross Matlock Greg McIntyre in the New Zealand Workshop on teaching telemark to Alpine Crossovers The Slovenians demonstrating their front foot weighting during a tug of war edging drill The Slovenian style Roberto Parisi in the Italian Workshop Yas Kawasaki from Canada Telemark Nation Monte Olivia on the drive to the Airport Interski was an amazing event and I suggest anyone with an interest in snowsports technique go to the next Interski at

    Original URL path: http://www.telemarkphat.org/report/report-international/09122015-2130?page=1 (2016-02-09)
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  • Demo Day! - Interski - Part 5 - 09/09/15 | Telemark Phat
    a hitch and the fog covering the top of the slope for our first two runs took the pressure off slightly I have to say the excitement and the added element of performing to an audience made those four runs four of the best runs of my life After the demo runs the Swiss ran a workshop on getting kids into telemark The workshop taught the telemark stance with telemark tugs of war and telemark fencing which was very cool Then turning was very briefly covered so the progression could return to games The next fun exercises were the tele dog and switch The Swiss start the kids off with tricks before they worry too much about technique to try and retain kids interest in telemark and keep it fun To finish off Frederick Thomas took us through the Telemark Tip Roll and he even managed one without poles In the evening there were Telemark Presentations by Cezch and Italy The Cezch TD Michael Turek presented on his experiment using EMG and pressure sensitive footbeds to see which muscles fired when in a telemark turn and how pressure was applied to the foot was interesting The calves quadriceps and glutes were used the most and Telemark skiers put less pressure on the footbeds than Alpine skiers and put more pressure on the ball of their feet The Italian presentation was on their new manual in introductory Telemark Turn Their manual has been well published but their presentation was disappointingly Italian Sadly they used google translate to translate their presentation and got Siri to read it for them Snowing at Cerro Castor The team ready to roll Snowy Chair Lift Ride Last minute practice It was about boot deep About to start our 1st Run Canada Italy the US and Cezch

    Original URL path: http://www.telemarkphat.org/report/report-international/09092015-2124?page=1 (2016-02-09)
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  • Getting Down to Business - Interski - Part 4 -08/09/15 | Telemark Phat
    running each one twice so everyone could see everything the Americans and I volunteered to present on the first day Andorra did not present and the Norwegian delegates were not permitted to present which was disappointing The Americans presented on the Lead Change which has replaced stance in their skills model The Americans talked about changing lead ski the duration of the lead change the timing of the lead change and fore aft weighting of the lead change For the APSI Telemark Presentation I stayed on the Teams theme of Connection Since people who want to learn Telemark are typically people who already learnt to slide on snow and are looking for a new challenge I didn t focus on connecting the guest with the alpine experience Instead I focussed on how Telemark connects with the other disciplines Alpine Snowboard Nordic and Adaptive to more effectively train Instructors and to make the transition to telemark more enjoyable for guests I presented on how in Australia all the disciplines use the same conceptual model about how to ski how to teach guests to ski and how to train instructors to teach guests our approach is unusual internationally I was happy that my workshop was able to generate some vigorous discussion especially separating the telemark movement from rotary skills when turning the skis and the long duration of our lead change After the workshops the telemarkers had another chance for some free skiing with freshies Looking down a snowy Avenue San Martin A snowy Ushuia Cerro Del Medio and Cerro Don Banderas Casa Del Gobinero the Town Hall Cerro Esfinge Vincent Folguera Camats and Alex from Andorra Tom Kjøde from Norway Kjetil Birkeland Moe from Norway Cerro Bonete Cerro Krund My Workshop Telemarkers with a view Ross Matlock from the USA in

    Original URL path: http://www.telemarkphat.org/report/report-international/09082015-2146?page=1 (2016-02-09)
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  • The Opening - Interski - Part 3 - 07/09/15 | Telemark Phat
    and there was chaos on the slope above the demo hill with plenty of teams falling and colliding on the super hard snow Our run went well and it was great to be able to watch the rest of the teams ski from the bottom rather than from behind a crest at the top of the run The best runs were by the Argentinians Swiss and Austrians The Cezchs and the Swiss had the best telemarkers with some impressive recoveries by some teams in the difficult conditions After the opening the Telemarkers got together for a ski which was an absolute blast Some more of the stunning scenery on the drive up to Cerro Castor Alighting for our first demo run The first Australian Demo Run Me at the end of our run The Italian Snowboarders and Telemarkers It seemed like all of Finland went in their run The Swiss had some great Telemarkers in their run A guy on the original Argentinian Ski Telemarkers from all over the world Cerro Krug with some spindrift Andreas Reidle the German TD The opening day was a cracker and I think that demo run was one of the more thrilling runs of

    Original URL path: http://www.telemarkphat.org/report/report-international-interski/09072015-1945?page=1 (2016-02-09)
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  • Rock Hard - Interski - Part 2 - 06/09/15 | Telemark Phat
    mountain was mostly rock hard We found a few drifts of fresh snow in the alpine area but it was hard to find amongst all of the Cerrado Closed and Peligro caution signs After a couple of warm up runs we trained by the dual poma on the Albatros and Petrel runs in difficult conditions and we saw more than a few stacks amongst the other teams training on the same slope Once we were happy with our synchro runs we got to have some time on the actual Demo Slope at the base of the Mountain on the Halcon Peregrino run Cerro Castor has a racing focus and is used as a training slope by European World Cup Tems The French were there during Interski and Halcon Peregrino is prepared for them so it was as hard as hard can be With our two runs we had a taste of what we d be skiing on in the opening ceremony the next day Mountains from the Cerro Castor Car Park The View to the South West of Cerro Castor The View to the South West of Cerro Castor The View from the top of the Las Piedras Midstation View from the top of the Las Piedras Chair More panorama goodness Still more stunning views from the top of Cerro Krund The View from the top of the Pomas Legna Beech with another pretty hill Pauly and Langers at the top of the Poma Having a chat on the Pomas Legna and Cerro Cineco Hermanos The view down Liquen Cerro Cineco Hermanos behind Pajaro Carpintero Cerro Alvear Still stunned by the scenery we were all pumped for interski to start the next day Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part9

    Original URL path: http://www.telemarkphat.org/report/report-international-interski/09062015-2046?page=1 (2016-02-09)
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  • Pure Velvet: Paralyser Report 08/08/2015 | Telemark Phat
    the fresh snow into velvet with a hoar frost on top After Snow Snake we skinned straight to Paralyser South and got in two more runs of gorgeous velvet After Lunch we headed to the Paralyser and started to follow the Paralyser North Ridge towards Guthega The first face had a tricky crust due to too much time in the sun The second face we skied Two by Two however was the best snow of the day Boot deep and being lower in altitude must have had colder dryer air the previous couple of nights which really sucked the moisture out of it Towers was looking good Mt P Top Stations The face of Paralyser East had been busy The top of Snow Snake hinted at the snow quality to be had Skifree enjoying the velvet Skifree at the bottom of Snow Snake Skifree skinning up Paralyser East Paralyser South was too tempting to miss Me on Paralyser South Lower down Lovely velvety tracks Paralyser South tracked out Looking north from the Paralyser We hit que after que on our ski from Guthega back to Front Valley which isn t surprising since 14K people visited Perisher that day We made

    Original URL path: http://www.telemarkphat.org/report/report-perisher-bc/08082015-2006 (2016-02-09)
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  • The White Ribbon of Death: Perisher Report 20&21/06/2015 | Telemark Phat
    up Shrubbery besides the Goat s Gully Ribbon Centre Valley is only Shrubbery The white ribbon is forming on Towers Goat s Gully On Sunday I headed straight to Blue Cow I had intended on spending a morning doing drills on early starter Whilst Early Starter had good cover it was pretty ribbony so I spent my time on Zali s once Summit opened Whilst Zali s was a ribbon as well it was in great nick early with grippy snow and surprisingly good grooming I moved onto doing loops of Lower Roller Coaster at 10 30 which was a real white ribbon of death and I called stumps for the day once the death hordes of intermediates arrived Patches were starting to appear at the top of Zali s on my last run Guns blazing over Blue Cow Mt Twynam The Early Starter ribbon Zali s Possum country is shrubbery The Terminal ribbon Lower Accelerator a bit patchy Upper Accelerator not much better The Lower Roller Coaster White Ribbon of Death Perisher has done an outstanding job getting so much of the Mountain Open with snow in such good nick Only 5 years ago we would still be skiing

    Original URL path: http://www.telemarkphat.org/report/perisher-report/06212015-1611 (2016-02-09)
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  • A slow sore day down Watson's Ck: 11/10/2014 | Telemark Phat
    to Subsidiary Ridge I d had grand plan of booting back up Subsidiary Ridge and skiing back down before heading back The way out back onto the ridge was either dicey grass and scrub bashing rock scrambling or significant exposure Skifree went for the exposure and due to an awkward first move Katherine and I went for the steep grass After the adrenaline wore off I don t like climbing steep grass in tele boots I was exhausted and slow The snow cover was becoming isothermic with some pinwheeling and I had to half re kick each step With a more difficult climb and a lower constitution than expected Skifree beat me to the top by ½ an hour After a long lunch Skifree and Katherine had another quick ski from the top of Tennison Woods Knoll back into Watson s Ck while I took the lazy option and waited for them at the top of the Ck We then had a pleasant run back into the creek above Blue Lake and saw the leftovers of a wet slide on the way back to Soil Con Ck The Yellow Brick Road is starting to show itself Club Lake Cirque and Mt Lee still holding a decent amount of snow Katherine starting down Watson s Ck Skifree half way down the Ck Katherine shredding the bottom of the Ck Skifree on Subsidiary Ridge The Scimitar still had a very narrow skiable line Watson s Ck It was a long walk back up The Watson s Crags dogleg chute All of the Crags Townsend still looks skiable into Lake Albina Skifree skiing back into Watson s Ck Skifree Katherine A very Blue Blue Lake An old wet slide The day was a sore and frustrating one for me but still great fun

    Original URL path: http://www.telemarkphat.org/report/report-nsw-bc/10122014-1720 (2016-02-09)
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