Just got back from the History Comes Alive clinic. It is a required course for PSIA-E's Master Teacher Certification. WOW, what a blast. It was lead by Dutch Karnan. He really was up to the task and made the whole thing fun and exciting.
The first day after some settling in and a bit of a history video we booted up with Telemark gear. Now, understand, most of us had never set foot on tele gear before. Me, I'm from from the half a binding, half a brain crowd. But I decided to give it a try. We spent the whole day on tele gear. First learning to stand up and slide. The feeling of going "over the handlebars" when lifting your heel is weird. I'm still not use to it. Then trying the Arlberg technique to throw the skis around. I'm sure there were people on the lift looking at us. They must have been thinking, "What are those people doing? They're throwing their arms around. They're downstemming. Gawd, that looks awful."
The second day we were on our own modern gear. We played with turns using the following techniques; Ruade, Wedeln, Avalement, Stem/step christis. It was all great fun. Plus we learned how and why things in skiing has changed over the years.
Oh, I'm thinking I need to buy my own tele gear. That was a hoot, a challenge, and a whole lot of fun.
Edited by T-Square - Sat, 07 Feb 09 01:25:13 GMT