Telemark skiing is a ski turning technique. It is named after the Telemark region on Norway. Using equipment similar to cross-country skiing, the ski bindings having the ski boot attached only at the toe. The technique is used in Nordic skiing activities such as ski jumping, ski mountaineering, and cross country skiing. Competition is organised by the British Telemark Ski Team and the United States Telemark Ski Association Telemark skiers make their turns by bending one knee to the snow as they shift their weight and balance to the downhill ski. The turn is long and angular, and can be smooth and graceful when technically correct.
The Telemark turn came to the attention of the Norwegian public in 1868, when Sondre Norheim took part in a ski jumping competition. Starting in the 1910s, newer techniques based on the stem gradually replaced Telemark in the Alpine countries.
The Telemark technique experienced a revival in the United States in the 1970s. In 1997 a National Telemark Championship was held. Today, the North American Telemark Organization offers Telemark and backcountry ski instruction and events.
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