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post #1 of 16
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My wife wants me to learn to tele, so that we can do a hut to hut at some time. I have been successful in putting this off for quite a while. Four years ago, my excuse was that I was working on my level 2 alpine certification. Then I stated I was working on my level 3 cert (which I am still working on). I finally said that I would learn to tele if she learned to ski alpine. She got that "look" on her face. So less than 2 months ago, she got a pair of alpine skis. Not only did she learn how to ski alpine, but she just successfully finished her PSIA Instructor Training Course, and is now a level 1 alpine instructor. That goes along with her level 1 tele certification. I think I am now stuck, and that I can not get out of it anymore. So I will either take one of the cross-over clinics this spring, or a Tony Forest clinic next winter.

The moral of this story? Be careful what you promise your wife. They will never forget it.
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jim Bredy
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My wife wants me to learn to tele, so that we can do a hut to hut at some time

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Which is more important to her - the tele part or the hut part?

If it's the hut part, you can solve it very easily by just getting randonnee gear.

If it's the tele part, you're on you own, pal.

Bob

Good luck.
post #3 of 16
Why not go with Randonee gear? You won't have to learn anything new for the downhill part, and can easily do anything that can be done it tele gear (in fact, go with the light weight Dynafit bindings and you can have a lighter, more effecient set up then your wife's tele gear).
post #4 of 16
>My wife wants me to learn to tele

what a lucky man, some guys just don't know when they have it made.
post #5 of 16
Bad knees. Plead bad knees. Works for me. "I can get by with alpine, barely, but I'd fall apart if I tried tele." Then offer to randonee. If you don't have bad knees I'll trade you!
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee
>My wife wants me to learn to tele

what a lucky man, some guys just don't know when they have it made.
Funny how some never make it past the
"My wife wants me to learn to genuflect" barrier.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee
>My wife wants me to learn to tele

what a lucky man, some guys just don't know when they have it made.

My wife wants me to spend more time with my mother and sisters-in-law. Count your blessings man. You're making me cry
post #8 of 16
Wow. You're so screwed now. (Not that there's anything wrong with tele, I probably do it more than alpine now anyway.)

You're screwed because I wouldn't use tele skis on a hut trip. Sure, you can get skins, and it'll work, but I think there's a lot better methods for backcountry travel along many of the hut paths. What I did recently, and it worked really well, was to throw some three pin bindings on some decent cross-country skis. I used tele boots with them and it was a nice combination. Fast, powerful climbing, and easy downhills. I carried my teles with me on my pack so I could mess around on short hikes. Doesn't matter though. You're obligated to get tele skis and do it. It also doesn't matter 'cause you'll still have fun!

What hut system are you going to? Where's Cedar Crest? Does your wife have any sisters who are single and tele?
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Bob and Ski Rick-Randonee gear is a good idea, thanks.
Snowbird Devotee-You are right. I am a very lucky man. She does not get upset if I go skiing, only if I even think of going skiing without her. She is a great friend, and a wonderful ski partner. And she is even more passionate about fly-fishing!
Pheft-Thanks for the "bad knees" option, but she knows that I have good knees. I would not trade her for anyone on the universe.
Cantunamunch-Genuflect is a good analogy. I do feel blessed every time I am able to get my feet on sticks on the snow.
BillD-I do feel your pain that your wife wants you to spend more time with your inlaws, especially during ski season!
Vinn-Thanks for the encouragement. I actually did take one tele lesson this season. It was at a demo day at Grand Targhee in mid December. I fell more during that 1 1/2 hour lesson, than I did all of last year combined alpine. It kind of made me upset, and wanting to learn what I could not currently do. I have been procrastinating. Now is a good time to get off the pot. Good idea on the three pin bindings. We are not yet sure what hut trip we would go on. It would probably be something easy for the first time. Any suggestions? Do you know of any good ones in NM, CO or UT? Actually, a hut trip seems appealing, if not only to explore something different, but to also get away from the ski area crowds, to have some solitude, and not having to worry about getting up at early o'clock to get first tracks. Cedar Crest is on the East side of the Sandia Mountains, about 25 minutes from downton Albuquerque. The top of the Sandias, on the East Side, has some real nice day trails. Sorry, my wife does not have any sisters who are single and tele. But if you are interested, put an add in the "singles" section of the newpaper. Who knows what response you might get!
post #10 of 16
I took one clinic on tele gear a few years ago. One thing I learned is all alpine turns-- wedge, wedge-christie, parallel christie work just fine on modern tele gear. After a while, I got tired of trying to curtsy and just said screw it and just reverted christies.

I think you should get the tele gear and start learning tele. Until you get good on the tele turn, you could rely on your alpine technique.

Multideciplineness is cool.
post #11 of 16
I tried tele, and have XC'd on touring skis since I was very small, but it didn't do it for me. I have an AT/randonee setup and it's great. the only painful bit is fiddling with the skins, but the downhill turns are great.
If she insists on the tele thing, take a lesson and fall over a lot and get all depressed and woebegone and she'll take pity. (then you can produce your new fat skis, fritschi bindings and skins!).
post #12 of 16
Mine kept making me promise to be careful.

One broken femur later....
post #13 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Bredy
My wife wants me to learn to tele, so that we can do a hut to hut at some time. I have been successful in putting this off for quite a while. Four years ago, my excuse was that I was working on my level 2 alpine certification. Then I stated I was working on my level 3 cert (which I am still working on). I finally said that I would learn to tele if she learned to ski alpine. She got that "look" on her face. So less than 2 months ago, she got a pair of alpine skis. Not only did she learn how to ski alpine, but she just successfully finished her PSIA Instructor Training Course, and is now a level 1 alpine instructor. That goes along with her level 1 tele certification. I think I am now stuck, and that I can not get out of it anymore. So I will either take one of the cross-over clinics this spring, or a Tony Forest clinic next winter.

The moral of this story? Be careful what you promise your wife. They will never forget it.
B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Now tell me where did you meet your wife?
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by igorig
B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Now tell me where did you meet your wife?
A little more than four years ago, in a bagel shop (since gone out of business) opposite the old Triangle Grocer on North 14 in Sandia Park, NM. I stopped there to get a breakfast bagel on my way to the ski area I formerly worked at. I saw this beautiful woman, walked behind her and tried to see if she had a ring on her left ring finger. When I noticed that she did not, I moved in for the kill. The rest is history. Best decision I ever made.
post #15 of 16
It's all relative, my wife doesn't ski so her request would be welcomed here!
post #16 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Bredy
My wife wants me to learn to tele, so that we can do a hut to hut at some time...
....The moral of this story? Be careful what you promise your wife. They will never forget it.
You may just find, like many of us freeheelers, that you will never go back to alpine
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