The world’s best Telemark skiers will converge on La Plagne next month for the Telemark World Championships, being held across the resort from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 19th March.
Telemark racing is the oldest, toughest and most varied of all ski racing competitions. It is the only World Cup discipline that combines all the elements of competitive skiing into one event – alpine ski racing, ski jumping and Nordic skiing skills.
In Telemark, competitors must lunge-turn, a style of carve turn invented in 1868 where the heel of the inside ski is lifted clear while the inside leg bends for greater balance and stability. Telemark skiers use specially-adapted bindings with only the toe of the ski boot fixed, allowing the heel to lift free.