Telemark warm-up or “one man and his dog”

Joe 2A little follow up to our recent what to do in the summer to “get your fix” and ready yourself for the winter season……

Although not exactly the same, due to the boot not having a bellows and not therefore being allowed to articulate at the toe joints – Telemarking on rollerblades is great for working on all aspects of your skiing, from balance by skating around on the flat to turning at speed, albeit on a very slight hill in Little Wakering in Essex (the angle of the black line denotes where the ball of foot would normally be).Joe 1

Your focus is to maintain rear foot pressure as it does tend to be a little up on the toes instead of the ball of the foot but it surely has to be a benefit.

The alternatives; attend the recent Indoor series run by the GB Telemark Team at Hemel Hempstead or get out to the Alps, not long now, should be there in November but as long as the summer stays Joe 3then maybe this is the next best thing? Maybe I can run some rollerblading Telemark sessions in Essex next summer……dog poo slalom…race/try not to trip up over the Spaniel….


Written by Joe Beer, Alpine Learning Curves