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Northeast TELE Instructor for a NOOB?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I just picked up two pairs of tele skis (on steep and cheap of course). One fat pair of 188 cm. K2 Anti Piste skis to store away for when (or if) I get good enough to take them out west, and the second pair, 181 cm. K2 Super Stinx for learning on (hopefully) here in the east.

I have no clue if either ski is really a good choice for me since I've never even tried tele but I'm a fairly strong skier and they were dirt cheap, so I wanted to give it a try and learn something different that I could practice on a boring day at a place like Okemo.

So what I need now is still bindings, boots and somebody to teach me tele. Does anyone know of a good instructor working somewhere in the mid-Vermont area by chance? If not, how about elsewhere in the east?

I appreciate any advice. Thanks.
post #2 of 17
Um, isn't Pierre a tele instructor?
post #3 of 17
Head to MRG.
post #4 of 17
Stowe has lots of tele-instructors. They are all dying for some tele-students.
post #5 of 17
I see you're on L.I., closer to home Belleayre has a very good tele program and scene and probably also dying for tele-students.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. I was hoping for someplace closer to Ludlow since I have a place to stay there. Maybe I'll start with a couple of day trips to Bellayre though. I didn't know they had a tele program there. Very interesting. I'll have to find out more about that, thanks.

How about a shop somewhere for tele boots and bindings? I need some good advice on how to mount them up as well.
post #7 of 17
There's gotta be someone at Okemo.
post #8 of 17
Bill Austin at Okemo.

T
post #9 of 17
I had some of my greatest tele-instruction at Stowe.... wish i could remember any of their names though... i do remember though that if you go to Stowe, get a young guy because apparently the older instructors are stubborn and refuse to work with any other ski style (just what i heard, had no experience with them )
post #10 of 17
belleayre has tele instuctors..need to call and make appointment
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
I guess that's enough to get me started in the right direction. Still looking for some info on a good shop for tele gear (boots & bindings) if anybody knows of one in the CT/NY/MA/VT area.

On top of all that, any suggestions for boots/bindings? A friend of mine (also thinking of trying tele) did some research and suggested Crispi boots and some kind of Rottefella bindings.
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post #13 of 17
Are you planning on staying on the mountain or doing some off-piste stuff?
post #14 of 17
gear mecca = http://www.mtntravelers.com/

also for instructors, lessons, festivals, etc. see http://www.telemarkeast.com/

both telemarkeast.com and telemarktips.com have gear swap listings.
post #15 of 17
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Are you planning on staying on the mountain or doing some off-piste stuff?
For now, meaning probably at least the next two years or so, I will probably do mostly lift served inbounds terrain in the east. I may take the fat tele skis out west to give them a try, but likely no serious backcountry stuff until I have appropriate BC gear, and I know what I'm doing.

Honestly, I'm sometimes not even sure why I decided to do this except for the fact that when I've seen good tele skiers on the slopes I was so amazed at how accomplished some of them were. And it just looked ":."

Since I belong to a ski club with cheap accomodations near Okemo, I was looking for different something to break up the monotony of skiing there. I figured I'd give tele a try. What the hell!
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by CTKook View Post
Thanks. I knew of that site but just haven't had much time to peruse it yet. I'll try and browse it asap.

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Originally Posted by ts01 View Post
gear mecca = http://www.mtntravelers.com/

also for instructors, lessons, festivals, etc. see http://www.telemarkeast.com/

both telemarkeast.com and telemarktips.com have gear swap listings.
Excellent. An eastern tele site. I didn't know there was such a place. Those should answer a lot of questions!
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by carvemeister View Post
For now, meaning probably at least the next two years or so, I will probably do mostly lift served inbounds terrain in the east. I may take the fat tele skis out west to give them a try, but likely no serious backcountry stuff until I have appropriate BC gear, and I know what I'm doing.

Honestly, I'm sometimes not even sure why I decided to do this except for the fact that when I've seen good tele skiers on the slopes I was so amazed at how accomplished some of them were. And it just looked ":."

Since I belong to a ski club with cheap accomodations near Okemo, I was looking for different something to break up the monotony of skiing there. I figured I'd give tele a try. What the hell!
Interesting - and familiar story. More or less same reasoning here for another telenoob. My daughter took it up last year and we ski a lot of boring flat hills in southern N.E. / N.Y. So I've been following this thread with interest. Pllan on lessons to start at Belleayre (40 days til opening!!!).
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