Telemark skiing (aka ‘teleskiing’), combines Alpine and Nordic skiing techniques, including cross-country, slalom and ski jumping, with special lightweight ski equipment for travelling both up and downhill. Introduced in the late 19th century by Norwegian farmer, Sondre Norheim, telemark skiing was primarily used as a mode of transportation through backcountry regions until a resurgence in the early 1970’s as an alternative backcountry skiing style. It’s now an international sport, officially recognized in 1995 by the Federation International de Ski (FIS) with competitions involving several race formats that combine elements of speed and rhythm with giant slalom gates, distance ski jumping, and skating from Nordic skiing.
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It’s the season opener of the 2019 FIS Telemark World Cup Tour in the Italian Alps!
January 20, 3am – 12pm EST. Skiers will be put to the test in the Classic as they go through gates in a one run format similar to Alpine ski racing, but Classic Telemark includes unique features such as a reipeløkke (360˚- banked turn), a jump (25m – 40m of distance covered), and a skating or cross country section.
January 21, 3am – 12pm EST. The Sprint race is similar, just a shorter run than the Classic.
January 25, 3am – 8:30pm & January 29, 3am – February 1, 4pm EST 2019 FIS Telemark World Cup Tour continues in the Alps
February 9, 3am – February 10, 8:08am EST – The Tour stops at Bad Hindelang, Germany for Men’s and Women’s Sprints
February 12, 3am – February 18, 10am EST – The Tour heads to Slovenia for Men’s and Women’s Classic competition.
Programming Note: Sometimes it happens — scheduling changes, breaks in competition, or technical interruptions in the live broadcast. If you miss a live stream broadcast of Telemark World Cup Tour competition, you can watch video recordings of earlier Tour stops — just click/tap the “Watch Again” button located on the media players below. Also, please check back for live action updates, and take a look at the Live Stream Program Guide for more On2In2™ streaming info.
If you missed the live stream broadcasts of the 2018 FIS World Cup Telemark season, there’s still time to watch video recordings of the competition, just click/tap the “Watch Again” button or select from the video posts located on the media player below ↓
FIS Telemark (event list and results)
United States Telemark Ski Association
British Telemark Ski Team
The Ups and Downs of Telemark Skiing (And 5 Reasons Why You Should Give it a Try) by Tim Jones, Appalachian Mountain Club website (December 21, 2015)
It’s FREE To WATCH 2019 Alpine Ski Racing
Watch adventure skiers travel the world discovering great beauty and dangers in the backcountry— A Skier’s Journey, a video series by Vancouver filmmaker Jordan Manley
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