Telemark Teaching Videos

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PSIA-E WELCOMES THE TELEMARK EDUCATIONAL STAFF’S TELEMARK TEACHING VIDEO, ONLINE FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE.

Thanks to Mad River Glen, Killington, Stowe, Okemo and Sugarbush for their support of hosting events for our filming of this project. Also, thank-you to the Telemark Educational Staff who are highlighted in the video and in the Telemark Tips section. Our famous actors on staff were: Shelley Kovacs, Darell Hensley, Don Sensenig, Biff Russell, John Tidd, Bruce Hennessey, Mark Lacek, John Doan, Dave Capron, Jim Tasse, Paul Thompson (retired), Hal Westwood and Julie West also participated from our Cross Country Educational Staff. Great Job Team!

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This is the first generation of educational material being delivered by our PSIA-E Website and linked to our YouTube server for our members. A big thank you to the PSIA-E office staff and the Board of Directors for their support in this project. We have edited our complete DVD into smaller sections allowing you to concentrate and view each one separately to enhance and improve your teaching repertoire. The full project in DVD format can be purchased through the office (call 518-452-6095 for information) for a price of $15.


BEGINNER MOVEMENTS:

Moving on telemark gear and linking telemark turns with speed control

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In our first section we breakdown the beginner from first time on tele skis to linking turns on novice terrain. There are progressions that can be followed chronologically, activities and drills to use individually and a story line of how a new telemarker progresses. We showcase a more contemporary approach by creating movements of both legs being involved equally in the turns. A lot of what is in this section can also be taught to alpine skiers by leaving out the tele stance. So this is a very comprehensive section and the base for intermediate and advanced telemarking.

Click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob9D-4ePP0o to view Beginner Movements.


INTERMEDIATE MOVEMENTS:

Shaping telemark turns and utilization of both skis tilting, steering and pressuring.

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Our second segment, Intermediate Movements, again takes you through a story line from a novice stage to a skier who is able to use the skis more as a tool. Weight distribution, inside leg steering, flowing smoothly from one turn to the next, pole usage and learning how to make short, medium and long turns are all elements we show how to develop with exercises and activities. The real key here that is emphasized is how to release the skis edges and moving into the direction of the new turn fluidly and using both skis equally but a bit differently. This is the stage where certain habits or one type of move is used for the skier’s entire career. We try to build a base so that you can change timing, duration, intensity and amount of each of the skills and components that make up a telemark turn.

Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-_Vxtrr9As to view the Intermediate Movements.


ADVANCED MOVEMENTS:

Carving, bumps, powder, hard snow, cut up snow are all reviewed with tactics and technique tips on how to approach terrain and snow conditions.

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Our third segment focuses on the advanced telemark skier. By having a smooth lead change, early release of the lead leg into the turn with an active inside leg and adding the appropriate amount of body tension, counter and angulation that we learned in the Intermediate section the skier is ready to handle all terrain and conditions. We then add tactics according to terrain and conditions and how you can alter, enhance or eliminate certain elements of creating a telemark turn according to what lies below you. This is a fun section with a lot of good skiing and challenging conditions.

Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1S6iJfwZM0 to view the Advanced Movements.


TIPS FROM THE STAFF:

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It is not easy filming these educational materials, nor is it fun sometimes to be explaining and showing your teaching ability to a movie camera. It may be below freezing, rotten spring snow, you may demonstrate wrong and have to do it over and you may garble your words. Fortunately, our trained staff dug their heels in and produced a series of short info-mercials for you to listen to that may help you with some common telemark tips to fix your students. There are 9 tips click each for a separate one:


EDITORS, FILMERS and CREATORS

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MIKE BEAGAN AIR MAN, BUMPER, SWITCH SKIER, EDITOR EXTRAORDINAIRE, FILMER, TECH SUPPORT AND CO-CREATOR OF THIS ENTIRE PRODUCTION. THE TALENTS OF MIKE BEAGAN ON THE SLOPES AND OFF WITH HIS COMPUTER AND FILM PRODUCTION SKILLS WERE REMARKABLE. THANKS MIKE

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MICKEY STONE, NORDIC COORDINATOR CREATOR, FILMER, GLUE, PASSIONATE ABOUT CREATING EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS FOR PSIA MEMBERS AND SHOWCASING OUR TALENTED TELEMARK TEAM.

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