Fourth annual Tele-Fest offers free-heeling good times February 8
Caroline Harris / (email@example.com)
“Free the heel, free the mind” is the slogan for the fourth annual High Country Nordic Association Tele-Fest, set for Saturday, Feb. 8, at Beech Mountain Resort. Telemark skiing enthusiasts will gather from across the U.S. to celebrate this alternative form of the sport.
Telemark skiing, also known
as "free-heel” skiing, is a less common form of Nordic skiing where the
boot is attached only at the toe. This freedom of the foot allows for mobility
to bend the knees to perform the “tele turn,” where one knee is bent and the
other straight. This simple difference, ability to lunge in your skis, opens up
a different world, one that gets away from the slopes and into the wild blue
yonder. The appeal for many who enjoy telemark is that, like cross-country
skiing, you are free to explore the backcountry.
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