Originally Posted by gonzostrike
why someone would want to replicate that move and then complicate the matter by adding skis that are attached ONLY at the toe is beyond me.
Perhaps for the same reason a dog licks his you-know-what?
Because he can.
I've often said, a really good tele skier making great telemark turns in deep untracked powder is one of the most beautiful things I've ever witnessed in skiing.
So, Gonz, I think it's important that we AT skiers take the high road on this debate. We always do on the hill, anyway, so why not take the same approach in this discussion.
I greatly admire people who can tele well in all conditions. Some of my best friends are great tele skiers (and, luckily, I don't have a daughter so I don't have to finish that sentence).
There are a few tele-er's who can ski any d*mn thing on any d*mn hill and put almost every alpine skier in the world to shame. Good for them. Wildly generalizing, however, it takes such innate athleticism and so many miles to get to that point that it never appealed to me (and I probably would never have had the skill anyway). There are, however, many conditions where the tele turn simply isn't very efficient, and in some conditions for many practicioners it might be downright unsafe.
To me, it's a little like watching someone dancing with a pig - you really do marvel at the wonder of the pig dancing, but some part of your brain has to wonder why.
Andrew McLean has compared tele and AT to flyfishing versus throwing hardware. If I'm out on a spring creek on a picture-perfect day and the bluewing olives are hatching and the trout are busy sipping, then a fly rod is a marvelous tool for the activity. If I'm going after sharks in a howling gale from a pitching boat in the middle of the ocean, however, using a fly rod is an exercise in stubborn adherence to a principle that really doesn't apply to the situation.
So, all you tele-er's... good on 'ya. It's an admirable pursuit you've chosen. Drop those knees.