Allen & Mike's Really Cool Telemark Tips by Allen O'Bannon, Mike Clelland

By Allen O'Bannon, Mike Clelland

Over a hundred counsel for newbies and specialists seeking to increase their telemark snowboarding. full of humorous & functional illustrations.

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Allen & Mike's Really Cool Telemark Tips

Over a hundred guidance for newcomers and specialists seeking to enhance their telemark snowboarding. choked with humorous & functional illustrations.


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Third, reaching aggressively downhill helps keep both hands out in front of you, which is exactly what you want. Page 38 38 Timing downhill pole plants To keep you in the fall line, you need to make your pole plants downhill. Timing is crucial. You plant your pole downhill of yourself when you're at the lowest point of your compression. This initiates the next turn. As you rise up out of your turn, you should already be thinking about the next pole plant and reaching for it. The hand that just planted the pole should be swinging back across your body, to point down the fall line.

Find a mellow slope (no need to bring fear into the equation) and ski slowly across it. As you ski across, gently drop into the tele-position. Think about sinking down from a nice athletic stance into your tele-stance, downhill foot forward. Next, gently rise up to an athletic stance and sink back down again into that same tele-position. Practice rising up and sinking back down in both directions across the slope. You want to get comfortable gliding while you switch back and forth between stances.

Bending at the hip allows your upper body to lead the way. Page 46 46 Lead with your chin When you lean your body downhill, don't lead with your nosethat forces you to look at your ski tips. Lead with your chinthat forces you to look downhill. If you put your chin out in front, it actually lines your body up in a strong and powerful stance. It really works! With poor chin technique, every part of your body position suffers. Page 47 47 Carving vs. skidding The previous tips, besides helping you turn your skis quicker, will also help you carve your turns on the hardpack.

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