It all began in the Norwegian mountain village of Morgedal over 300 years ago. With daring skiing competitions, ski jumps and swings, Sondre Norheim taught the whole world Telemark skiing.
Telemark skiing differs from regular alpine skiing in style and equipment and has been described as the most rhythmic and flowing way to descend a snow covered mountain.
With the commercialization of recreational skiing and the growth of ski resorts, the Telemark skiing technique failed to catch on. By the 1950s, the Telemark turn was close to becoming a forgotten treasure. However, the 1980s saw a revival of this fabulous style of skiing, which can be an almost ethereal experience in those moments when everything comes together: form, function, time and space.
Today, Telemark skiing is practised by a small group of dedicated enthusiasts all over the world – committed to this ultimate combination of elegance and raging speed. You can easily spot them when they "dance" their way down the slopes.
If you haven’t already been mesmerized, come try Telemark skiing in one of the many ski resorts in Norway.
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Invented high in the Norwegian mountains, the elegant style of Telemark skiing leaves you thrilled and excited.
Back to the Roots: Telemark Skiing in Norway
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