The Boone area-based High Country Nordic Association is holding its 6th Annual TeleFest at Ski Beech on Saturday February 20, 2016.
The Tele (pronounced “telly”) is the telemark, that cool drop knee turn that Nordic skiers use skiing downhill on the slopes and trails. The waltz-like turn is popular in the backcountry on conventional cross country gear but on the slopes, tele enthusiasts use metal-edged skis and “almost-alpine” plastic boots with Nordic cable or Alpine Touring (AT) bindings that permit the heel to rise. Tele skiing is very popular and even seen among National Ski Patrollers in the Southeast.
The event starts at 9 am at Beech Mountain Resort. Participants should meet at the slopeside View Haus Lodge where tickets will be on sale for $60 and include an all day lift ticket, an HCNA 2016 TeleFest T-shirt, and HCNA bumper sticker.
TeleFest features telemark skiing and telemark clinics by local experts Mike Trew, Shanan Fitts, and Kristian Jackson. There are also plentiful prizes and the fellowship of fellow Nords—as in “telemark skiers meeting to share skiing, stories, gear, and beer.” Participants are encouraged to bring any extra gear for a swap, sale, and show.
High Country Nordic Association is a non-profit group of Southern Appalachian Telemark and cross-country skiers based in Boone who are dedicated to promoting telemark and back-country skiing in the northwest High Country of North Carolina. One goal remains establishing a rental inventory of tele gear in the area.
For you envious folks farther north, Camelback Resort in Pennsylvania’s Poconos will also host its 6th annual TeleFest, billed as “the biggest in the Mid-Atlantic,” on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8 am – 2:30 pm.
And speaking of ski events, do not miss the Ski Southeast Summit at Snowshoe Mountain! Kenny and Mike have been touting this must attend event in their posts and whether you tele or not, there’s camaraderie and fun at Snowshoe the first weekend in March. Hope you’re there. Think Snow.
Snowshoe Resort is Hosting Our SkiSoutheast.com Summit March 3,4,5th and YOU are Invited!
We think we have put together what should be the best deal we’ve ever had for this event and we want you to come and join the fun. It’s always great to play at Snowshoe and to do so with 20% OFF Lodging, and a Free Sunday Lift Pass is a great deal. We are ALSO giving away TWO Free Snowshoe Season Passes, Free TShirts, boggans, stickers, hats and more. Click HERE or on the Graphic below to see more information, book and JOIN US.
If you like skiing or snowboarding and you want to meet some new friends and get 20% OFF LODGING, a Free Sunday Lift Ticket AND be able to ski the slopes before ANYONE ELSE on the mountain…join us March, 3rd, 4th and 5th.