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post #31 of 42
Just for the record, if you can't ski good on Voilé CRB, you can't ski good. The 3pin plus Hardwire is an active binding. If you're having problems on these, it's not the bindings. 

Some people ski with their DIN on 15. Weigh the risks vs. benefits. In some extreme  situations, it's better to injure yourself than lose a ski.
post #32 of 42
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post

How about
connect the heel, connect the turn
Fix the heel, fix the problem
lock the heel, ski for real

or

Drop the knee, squat to pee

or 

Randonee...  French for "can't tele"
Telemark...  Norwegen for "wait for me"



 

Those are some good ones.
The "Norwegian" translation of telemark applies to me right now!
Hopefully some day it will be: Free the heel and ski for real. 
post #33 of 42
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post


Tele specific skis used to be narrow with double camber, then 1.5x camber, now its regular camber. They also went from 50mm to any width. Often they were lighter weight.

And now folks are confused over why it takes them 4 hours to cover 8 miles...
post #34 of 42
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Originally Posted by taw View Post

Trekchick, Abasin has some great instructors.  I loved learning to tele and I love it now.  I usually do half day tele and half alpine.  I think it uses my muscles differently so I don't ever get too sore or tired.  However, I have a problem keeping up with my kids on the tele skis.  TAW

You
Me
Abasin
Tele-lessons!
post #35 of 42
 Twintip, when you get your set up, post it up, I'd love to see it!!!
post #36 of 42
 Remount the Line skis if you haven't bought new skis yet, they should be just fine, and remember to have fun.  
On the other topics. I haven't bought a tele ski in years, they 'were' just to soft for speed.
Most of my friends love the HH binding, I still ski and love the voile 3-pin simple and redundant. In the long run you'll have to get used to waiting for the alpiners to catch up. 
post #37 of 42
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I got Black Diamond Velvet women's skis; they are softer than my LInes but a little stiffer than a lot of other tele skis.  They should be a little more forgiving to learn on.  The Lines will stay in my possession and I may mount them up next year.
post #38 of 42
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 Twintip, when you get your set up, post it up, I'd love to see it!!!




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Originally Posted by Twintip View Post

I got Black Diamond Velvet women's skis; they are softer than my LInes but a little stiffer than a lot of other tele skis.  They should be a little more forgiving to learn on.  The Lines will stay in my possession and I may mount them up next year.
PIcs, we want pics!!!
post #39 of 42
 Trek, TAW, Twintip - if you guys are up ever up this way and want a great tele lesson, look up my friend Mike Beagan. He's about as good as it gets.
post #40 of 42
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

 Trek, TAW, Twintip - if you guys are up ever up this way and want a great tele lesson, look up my friend Mike Beagan. He's about as good as it gets.

Oooooh, that sounds great!  Next year....when I'm stronger and can get more out of a lesson!
post #41 of 42
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So, I had a tele clinic yesterday afternoon.  I'm still working on keeping weight on my inside ski and just overall balance.  Each time it gets a little easier; I've been told that with time things will start to click as I develop muscle memory. 

It's so fun, but tiring!  One thing I noticed is the ease with which I can ski mushy, deep, soft snow that's bumped up and cruddy.  I don't even notice it on my tele skis, even though my technique at this point is still terrible.  I seem to more naturally absorb changes in terrain and snow conditions.

I did notice that I sometimes have trouble making good alpine turns on my tele skis....I think when I'm keeping my heels down to make the turn, I'm not weighted forward and therefore in the back seat. 

My Black Diamonds are nice skis....they float, they are very stable, they are light.  When I get the turn right, they turn very quickly.  They are longer than my alpine skis, but are the length recommended by my weight (175 cm).  I don't really notice the extra length on the snow; my problems are technique problems and not ski problems...I had the same issues when I started on 163 cm rentals.
post #42 of 42
Glad to hear the tele is coming along. Physical strength is one of the reasons this desk jockey isn't teleing as much as he used to. I can last longer skiing alpine. I do alpine while I tele, but it is still more tiring than a fixed heel setup.

One reason I think that crud and mushy snow may be easier with tele is that with the transition and lead change, we add force to our skis that an alpine stance fails to provide. We drive the outside leg forward through the snow.

Wait until you get in some soft fluffy powder. It is a magical feeling to tele down the fall line. You feel like you are striding down the mountain effortlessly.
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