2013 Telemark Week

It was a great week of fun and skiing with freeheelers coming from all over NZ and across the ditch from Australia. The weaher was excellent and we skied everyday with some superb runs over in Allan's Basin. Huey even prevailed with three top-ups of snow through the week - a real bonus on a year with so little fresh snow. Group lessons were held on the first three days and everyone's skiing improved a lot - thanks for being such great pupils! Our inaugural Telemark Off-Piste Skills Course ran Wednesday to Friday and was very successful with everyone making great progress under the tutelage of NZSIA Telemark Examiner Marti Smith.

We were joined by the weekend warriors on Saturday for the R & R Sport Freeheel Fun Weekend. Cloud and falling snow made visibility minimal but everyone had fun skiing around the mountain answering the tele quiz questions. After lunch Marti led us in some entertaining slope-style skiing and follow-the-leader runs. Thanks R & R Sport for supporting this event and to Black Diamond for the demo skis.

What a great week - the highlights had to be the great company and food, the fresh powder turns, exploring Allan's Basin, and relaxing in Palmer Lodge at the end of the day with a BR Lager. It was wonderful to have so many telemarkers together and we're already thinking about the 2014 Telemark Week!

Thanks everyone!

Cheers! Claire and Jim, the BR Telemark Instructors.


Telemark Week 2013! Photo Claire Newell.

Kate, Rob and Jim's turn for the hourly ponder up on the ridge - what would the weather do next? Any snow in those clouds? Photo Claire Newell.

A touch of fresh snow Tuesday morning - Claire in Double Bowl, Allan's Basin. Photo Jim Henderson.

Jim enjoying fresh light powder on Wednesday morning. Photo Claire Newell.

Our inaugural Telemark Off-Piste Skills Course ran Wednesday to Friday under the tutelage of NZSIA Examiner Marti Smith. L to R: Marti, Garry, Jon, Olivia and Jane. Photo Claire Newell.

Social late afternoons in Palmer Lodge. Photo Claire Newell.

It just had to be done - the dusk run down Allan's Basin back to the lodge. The ultimate ski run to finish the day - here with Jim, Garry and Jane. Photo Claire Newell.

Fine food and great company. Photo Claire Newell.

A sample of the 22 questions in the Tele Quiz - what are the correct answers?!

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