Speed Skating

Equipment

Bindings Boots Telemark skis

Rules

Description

Telemark Skiing is an individual sport where competitors use skis that are attached only at the toe. This allows for the skier to make intricate turns, known as Telemarks. Telemark skiing is a term used for skiing that involves telemarks, intricate turning technique developed by Norwegian Sondre Norheim. Telemark skiis differ from alpine skiis in that they are attached only at the toe by a three-pin binding which allows for the intricate turns.

History

Sondre Norheim introduced the technique in 1868 during a ski jumping competition. His technique soon dominated skiing. The name Telemark comes from the region in Norway. Despite the popularity, other techniques surpassed telemark beginning in the 1910s. During the 1970s, there was a revival of tlemark skiing in the skiing community. It is now considered the technique for ski touring in rolling terrain.