...... it's not dead; it's just sleeping.
Telemark: Scandinavian for "my quads are on fire!"
I switch it up with my alpine gear, it's good cross training.
Wow thats a big percentage. I wouldnt say i havent tried it because i have alot of work to do on alpines it just looks to me how i look a snowboarding a pain in the ass, if i get bored on alpines its because im bored of the mountain and in that case id just ski a different mountain, IMHO
I see a decent number of Tele skiers at Pico, especially when conditions are good.
Anyone remember the short lived Tele-Board? Now that was a quirky idea, seems to combine the worst of both Telemark skiing and snowboarding all in one.
...and/or you don't ski terrain that would benefit from a tele setup and/or you don't find telemark appealing.
See thats me i get it and respect the people that do it i just dont see the appeal to try it for myself
Most of the people that I knew that switched to tele weren't that good to begin with. I didn't see many of top skiers switching. I picked up snowboarding when I moved back to the midwest, but even that got old on the dinky hills.
Back in the 80's tele had relevance because they could go BC on the same gear and they could assend faster. Now they get left behind on the up and the down.
The only advantage to my tele-gear I notice over my friends with AT gear is on level or slightly uphill traverses. I can shuffle along quite a bit more efficiently. It's the only time I get ahead of them.
Telemark: Norwegian for "Hey, wait for me!"
Yes there is! Our "work" is never done.
Plus fixing the heel and developing bindings and ski brakes to eliminate the windmilling scythes was progress. ;-)
So why spend the time on tele's?
Oh, the beard. Ok, makes total sense.
Well the thread title mentioned tele being dead. Seems it's on life support but may suddenly bust out when youngin's decide it's cool since they've already dumped snowboarding.
The priest has been called but he's busy in the back of the bar. He'll probably never get there and tele will live on.
I guess that's why it's popular at Alta??
If you're looking for a quantitative/objective reason for telemarking, you're asking the wrong question and missing the bigger picture. If you truly want efficiency, then you'll never enjoy the backcountry, powder, camaraderie, storm chasing, clouds, gear-obsession, .......
Yes, yes, I know: aesthetic value = elite snobbery. Guilty as charged - no remorse.
Here in CO it is alive and well, I'd say 1/4 or more of the skiers on the mountain are Teleskiers.