CMC / Denver Group

Telemark Ski School



Start your New Year off right! Resolve to learn how to Telemark ski or to improve your current level of Telemark skiing by attending the Telemark Ski School. Our volunteer instructors teach all levels, from "never-ever" beginner to more advanced skiers, and they emphasize instruction that orients you to the backcountry Telemark skiing. You do not have to know how to make a Telemark turn to take the School, but you must have current backcountry cross-country skiing experience. You'll be grouped with others of similar ability, and the student/instructor ratio is about 6:1. This school is designed for backcountry cross-country skiers who want to learn to Telemark or to improve their Telemark technique, with an emphasis in backcountry skills. The course requires students to attend a mandatory lecture/video presentation held in January, and the next four weekends are one-day field trips; students choose Saturdays or Sundays for instruction. Two field trips will be at downhill areas, and one will be in the backcountry.

Because of the physical demands of Telemark skiing, you must have enough cross-country skiing experience to complete a ski tour of at least eight miles round-trip with 1400 ft elevation gain. Prerequisite to acceptance into the school is that you have either acquired a Denver Group Moderate ski classification by the time you register OR that you successfully complete one of the Moderate II qualifying ski trips offered in December. See the Denver listing of trips in the Activity Schedule for details. To participate on a qualifying trip, you must be registered in the school; sign up with The CMC office.

Telemark Ski School registration forms will be available online and from the CMC office in Golden. The cost includes materials, instruction and lift tickets. Registration deadline is in mid-December. You must be a member of the Colorado Mountain Club before registering. For more information, go to http://www.cmc.org/telessapp.