Originally Posted by 2meke
I'm thinking about getting into telemarking this winter (Southern Hemisphere), have got boots, bindings and I'm on the lookout for the right skis. I've been a little concerned about the wear and tear on my knees but saw on another thread that some of the posters/knowledgeable bears thought that telemarking was easier on the body and knees. What are other peoples thoughts or experiences?
Many techno changes in alpine, enjoying skiing with the kid on less charger terrain, and missing--yet not wanting to gear up for--nordic are the "ratonal" influences, the movement the "irrational" for my switch to tele: if the game changes, change your game, a little
So far, the change is terrific. You may learn which side you favor by which hip is most sore, and one good knock of a knee on the top plate may settle the debate about knee pads. A quick balance correction may also remind you that that's not what your hands are for... otherwise, tele has been great for body fitness. I can also look at the fall line with a few new turns--including parallel--to make it fun... monotele/goofy-foot all the way down a green/red run means surf's up(and the forward ski quad let's you know your weight distribution is off if it "burns" too much). Haven't done a blue or black this way, yet(did I say fun? Ya'betcha).
With tele, the body's always engaged, both the right and left when the weighting(as mentioned "big toe forward ski, little toe rearward ski") is optimal. Key here, and to your thread title... my mind and soul has remet my old body, and it was my body that told the mind to have some soul and use knee pads!
Enjoy your season(s)!
Dave, the Hooked-and-still-falling