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Hoping to find some answers about telemark skiing. Been out twice now, and I absolutely love it! I'm an experienced alpine skier and I seem to have picked up some of the telemark form. The plan is to get touring next year!

Anyway, I have two questions for you:

First, my shins have bruises on them. I normally get shin bruises from alpine boots (I think I just bruise easily) but these are in a different place. They're on the front inside of my shin bone. My guess is that they're from the back foot leaning into the hill. Thoughts?

Second, my knees were really bugging me by the end of the day today. This morning I was locking the downhill knee and that really hurt, but I got that sorted out by lunch. My knees are feeling ok now, four hours later, not swollen or bruised. Am I in danger of hurting something? Sound like a common complaint of the beginner telemarker? Any idea of how to prevent this from happening?

Thanks for your help!
post #2 of 6
Try not doing really deep tele turns all the time. Try turning with just small heel lifts with minimal knee bending at least in moderate terrain. Save the deep tele turns for terrain that warrants the stability of the deep t-turn. Probably 50% of the time when I am skiing out a groomer to the lift I will just do parallel turns, this saves energy and knees.

It's kinda like owning a 4wd you don't need to lock in the hubs when your on the freeway, you use the four wheel drive when you are off road.
Using 4wd on the highway burns more fuel and wears out the drivetrain uneccessarily.

To be honest my knees and shins hurt worse when I used to ski alpine. Plowing the tips into a mogal or hitting a cat track and getting slammed forward I found I got shinbanged and hyperextended. Now when this happens I just land on my head,nothing to hurt there

Good luck try to keep the petex side down!!
post #3 of 6
I guess it depends on the knees. I've had knee surgery twice and after taking up telemarking in December, it turns out that my bad knees like tele turns a lot better than alpine turns. Even If I'm dropping fairly low.

The first couple of days I did have some knee soreness, but it was muscle/overuse type soreness, not joint pain. If it goes away within hours, I'd guess it's just a matter of getting used to it. As far as the shins go, have you had a bootfitter check your boots? Maybe there's a fit issue - I haven't really experienced any shin pain.

Try taking a lesson too. I took one after a couple days, and then did a second two-day clinic a couple months later. Both were incredibly helpful.

Things that helped me while starting out: work on learning to weight and steer with the rear foot. Try skiing without poles (or at least hold them parallel to the ground). Try shuffling (changing your lead foot without turning) and concentrate on getting your weight on the balls of your feet rather than on your toes. (make the boot flex, not just the binding.)

And have fun!
post #4 of 6
I like altagirl's suggestions and comments. I think you'll be dialed if you follow her advice.
post #5 of 6
Ditto on altagirl's info...
at the mention of shin problems...always take a good hard look at what size boot you should be in. There are some pads that you can slip on to fill in unwanted space. Can't remember if they were at tognar.com or ???
*How bout' just heating that area...and BEND EM' Out a bit [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]


[ April 17, 2004, 02:51 PM: Message edited by: HaveSkisWillClimb ]
post #6 of 6
You are probably getting shin bite from your feet pronating when you lean on them. Alta Girl is right, a boot fitter can make you custom footbeds that you can use in other boots too. A cheap fix might be just a varis wedge which is a heel lift on just the inside to cut down on pronation. You can get those at almost any ski shop.
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