Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
The old advice you got was horrific.
Seek out a full cert tele pro in your home country.
As I have said ad nauseum you cannot learn to ski on a computer.
All the best
^^Old advice worked! It teaches you to place your weight right, and to use the power in your legs to turn the skis, and not your entire body. You should try it, Rusty Guy. Either way, I'm a poor student living of a loan, so if I could afford a full cert tele pro I would obviously do so, but right now I'll prioritize food and housing and just take what I can get for free. But thanks for trying to make me a better telemark skier! :)
Originally Posted by scottcha
Agree that its mostly impossible to learn just online but in terms of tips I would try the following:
1. before you get on the hill stand in your boots and flex you skis in the tele stance so that you have even amount of weight on each ski (it should take the same amount of effort to take one ski off the ground as the other). This will give you the feel of what you are supposed to acheive in your turn before actually having done it.
2. Take step 1 and get on a green hill and practice your mono marks without working about turning too much. Mono mark is just step one and not changing stance (i.e., turn left and right with one foot forward).
3. There are some good vids and tips over at telemarktips.com to take you further.
And yes, I would ignore the previous advice you got. Lifting a ski isn't helpful in a standard tele turn just as it isn't helpful in an alpine turn.
^^Thanks for the great advice :). Last time I tried I only did blue runs because that's the only thing that was open. My biggest problem was getting far enough down, or far enough back with the inner ski, so I will definitely give this a try next time I'm skiing.
After having raced for quite some years I'm well aware that lifting a ski isn't helpful for an alpine turn, and I somehow managed to put two and two together to understand that it won't really make a difference in tele turns either. However, as stated above, it does help a complete newbie to understand where one should put ones weight.
Lastly, I know I can't learn to ski on a computer, hence the "practice makes perfect" and the fact that I asked for "things to keep in MIND the next time..." . Maybe to make this a bit easier, I'll ask what was the best tip YOU ever got when you started tele skiing?
Anyway, keep the answers coming! I appreciate any tips i can get! =)