Putting It Together:
mono-telemark turn, in combination with a delayed lead change,
to learn the most desirable movement patterns for smooth, strong
and beautiful linked telemark turns!
Ski turns are at their
smoothest and most efficient when edging, pressuring and rotary
movements are continuous and fluid. With this in mind, it is
best for the telemark lead change to occur over the course of
the entire turn, rather than in a rush at the start. In this
lesson, Urmas demonstrates how to make the transition from the
mono-telemark exercise (in the previous video) to linked tele
turns. This time Urmas combines the mono-telemark turn with a
delayed lead change, allowing the student to easily visualize
the movements, while avoiding the tendency to change leads prematurely.
Using this exercise,
premature lead-changers can easily modify their technique, and
beginners will learn the movement patterns needed for strong
and smooth linked tele turns. The innovative use of overhead
video shots not only makes it easy to see the proper timing of
the lead change, but other important fundamentals such as pole
plant timing, and upper and lower body separation as well. For
clarity in the demonstration, the turns in the overhead shots
were made at very slow speed. In practice, the rotary movements
which predominate in the video will be replaced by greater edge
engagement as speed increases.
While there will always
be room for individual interpretation and style in our sport,
losing the uncessasry premature lead-change, and the resulting
moment of relative instability, is an important key to learning
to make smooth and powerful telemark turns. This is cutting-edge,
modern telemark skiing technique at its best; if you were to
only take the time to download one of our lessons videos, for
most, this would be the one to watch.