Ski, snowboard, telemark or other ?

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What's your preferred method of sliding?

Ski
14
39%
Snowboard
8
22%
Telemark
6
17%
Monoski
2
6%
Cross-Country skiing
0
No votes
Snowshoe
0
No votes
snow-bicycle (hybrid things)
0
No votes
Alpine touring
6
17%
Other ?
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 36

Ski, snowboard, telemark or other ?

Postby Frankontour » Thu Sep 30, 2004 1:29 pm

Don't you worry, it's the last poll from me for today !

I just wanted to have an idea of the snow sport you were practicing the most frequently.
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Postby NHpowderhound » Thu Sep 30, 2004 5:42 pm

Frank,you forgot Alpine Touring/Randonee.I did more AT last year than resort.
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Postby Admin » Thu Sep 30, 2004 5:59 pm

AT has been added.
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Postby Frankontour » Thu Sep 30, 2004 7:37 pm

Hmm, a question : what is "alpine touring" ?

A mix of Cross Country skiing + alpine skiing ???
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Postby Admin » Thu Sep 30, 2004 8:46 pm

Frankontour wrote:Hmm, a question : what is "alpine touring" ?

A mix of Cross Country skiing + alpine skiing ???


Pretty much correct. It's freeheeling up with skins, then locking the heels down for the descent. Also known as randonnee (I always seem to misspell that!).

Some folks say that it's a French word that translates to "can't telemark." :wink:
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Postby NHpowderhound » Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:04 pm

I'm workin on the tele thing.Hopefully this year.How 'bout you Marc, have you teled?I had a guy who was a former tele instructor at the Glen who was going to hook me up but he moved away. :cry:
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Postby Admin » Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:06 pm

NHpowderhound wrote:How 'bout you Marc, have you teled?

I tried it once last year at a tele fest at Hickory. It was fun, but by 1 pm I was happy to have my heels locked again. This year I've gone AT, so that's a reasonable compromise to me.
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Postby woodi7259 » Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:12 pm

The tele votes from me. I started last year and I'm not going back. I'm a free heel convert and I'm loving it. I guess I'm really a fringe skier now an 18 year old telemarker, we're pretty rare in the east.
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Postby Jonny D » Fri Oct 01, 2004 7:40 am

i always wanted to try telemarking, are there places in the east that offer lessons and rentals for that? or do i just have to find a friend who knows...
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Postby Admin » Fri Oct 01, 2004 7:52 am

Jonny D wrote:i always wanted to try telemarking, are there places in the east that offer lessons and rentals for that? or do i just have to find a friend who knows...

Of course! Some of the more prolific ones are Mad River Glen, Jay and Stowe.

However, I highly recommend doing what I did last year: attending a telemark fest. I did so at the tiny Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg, NY (southern Adirondacks, near Lake George) but there's the NATO festival at MRG, the New England Telemark Festivals, and others. The enthusiasm at the Hickory event was infectious, and others in the raw beginner class with me made the event fun. There's also the cost advantage to trying it at a festival -- the clinics, etc. were included in the price of the lift ticket at Hickory, and they had free boot demos from Crispi. I borrowed a pair of tele skis from a friend of mine and I was all set to go. For what I remember to be $25, I got a lift ticket, lesson, and equipment.

I'm very happy that I did it. Again, though, I won't be giving up my bondage bindings any time soon.
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Postby Patrick » Fri Oct 01, 2004 9:15 am

Always wanted to try snowboarding (try it half a run in the late 80). I guess from the ski team was an excellent snowboarder. It's funny I saw two people that I raced with in University are on the Quebec Provincial Telemark Team (they would probably be among the oldest on the team).

I would also to do Cross-Country skiing.

Alpine Touring: would love to do. The problem in the past for the snow slidding sports has always been financial, the cost into getting extra gear or renting.

A friend of might got some alpine touring bindings that fix into his normal alpine ones. So he uses his alpine gear with the binding adaptor (?) and skins.

NHPH, do you have any special ski touring gear? Tele-boots, ski, etc?
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Postby Admin » Fri Oct 01, 2004 9:22 am

Patrick wrote:A friend of might got some alpine touring bindings that fix into his normal alpine ones. So he uses his alpine gear with the binding adaptor (?) and skins.


Alpine Trekkers from Black Diamond - a heavy way to go about it, and a darned uncomfortable one in alpine boots that don't have a touring mode.
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Postby Patrick » Fri Oct 01, 2004 9:30 am

Admin wrote:
Patrick wrote:A friend of might got some alpine touring bindings that fix into his normal alpine ones. So he uses his alpine gear with the binding adaptor (?) and skins.


Alpine Trekkers from Black Diamond - a heavy way to go about it, and a darned uncomfortable one in alpine boots that don't have a touring mode.


Yes, It sounds like them.
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Postby hamdog » Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:50 pm

dewd! where are all the snowboarders?

i always wondered what the difference was between that rondonee and telemark gear.
thanks. ....and knowing is half the battle.
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Postby woodi7259 » Fri Oct 01, 2004 7:56 pm

Admin wrote:
Patrick wrote:A friend of might got some alpine touring bindings that fix into his normal alpine ones. So he uses his alpine gear with the binding adaptor (?) and skins.


Alpine Trekkers from Black Diamond - a heavy way to go about it, and a darned uncomfortable one in alpine boots that don't have a touring mode.


You got the right thing but there actually made by a company called backcountry access. I've never used them but what you said is about what i've heard about em. http://www.bcaccess.com/bca_products/alpine_trekker.php
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