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Telemark L1 Hemel October

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Anyone fancy the BASI L1 tele course in October at Hemel? I need a refresher and rather than the 3 day jobby I would prefer to do a course. Only one booked at the moment and I wonder what the minimum numbers are for tele courses. I cant imagine they regularly get 10 at a snow dome...
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I've got that pencilled in the diary
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cool... you aren't the one booked then ?
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Anyone fancy the L2 in April ??
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skimottaret wrote:
cool... you aren't the one booked then ?

No not yet... I need to get a bit more practice in before making up my mind. I havenít got a handle yet on how demanding the L1 course is. I guess I could just treat it as a training week, but I do need to justify the week off work.

Before DotM pipes up, yes, I do know how to get into the bindings now! Ronald showed me the trick when we spent a day on tele at PSB, and Colinstone gave me lots of tips. I can get around the hill fairly gracefully on blues and easy reds with lead change and I can go wherever if I just put my feet flat. I had an amusing moment halfway down some bumps when I remembered I wasnít on my usual gear! I must have decent fore-aft balance I guess.
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Moi? Wouldn't dream of such a thing Wink
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Prior to taking this course, candidates must:
Ski basic Telemark and Alpine turns on a blue run
Understand and perform the concept of "lead change" i.e. linking one telemark turn to the next changing lead leg
Ski in control while using Alpine technique such as parallel turns on blue and red runs
Minimum age 16 years old


That doesnít sound so hard. I can do that! Yeah I think Iíll sign up
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I know people who passed as total Tele beginners and Iím not far off that Wink
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Rightio then! That makes 3. Whatís the minimum for it to run? 4? 6?
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@Maireadoconnor, I am trying to get one other as well...
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Might do it, seems to be 17 - 21 September?
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colinstone wrote:
Might do it, seems to be 17 - 21 September?


Youíll eclipse us!

But it would be delightful to do it with you Madeye-Smiley
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Might do it, seems to be 17 - 21 September?


Youíll eclipse us!

But it would be delightful to do it with you Madeye-Smiley
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I know people who passed as total Tele beginners and Iím not far off that Wink


I'm not far off that either Laughing

and I quite fancy it as there is no Manchester one on the calendar at the moment.

However I do know people who failed it so I'm not sure what the level really is Puzzled
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@sarah, I have done L1 --- from what I saw you need to be doing telemark turns down a blue slope using varying radii. Lead change needs to be more than just a concept ! Very Happy Telemark stance = one knee lower than the other, one knee further back than the other and back thigh vertical.
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@ski, thatís helpful. I think from what I heard the people who failed didnít have a good stance, werenít getting low enough.
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@sarah, The key is separation of your knees -- you don't need to get very low to achieve that -- especially on NTN.
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getting seriously tempted to book this course. Anyone fancy some self help days at Hemel from April ?? I havent been on tele gear for almost 5 years and was at beginner stage then. Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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getting seriously tempted to book this course. Anyone fancy some self help days at Hemel from April ?? I havent been on tele gear for almost 5 years and was at beginner stage then. Toofy Grin Toofy Grin


Self help days?? sounds like the teleblind leading the teleblind here Laughing
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@skimottaret, Subject to being awake enough I may be able to come up and help.
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@ski, that would be very nice of you... perhaps starting in April we could set up a regular group session for whoever can make it. If you could pop in as and when it suits you to get us pointed in the right direction that would be great snowHead
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NOOOOOOO Shocked . . . the last vestige of my coolness is sliding toward the toilet with all you alpine monkeys freeing the heel . . . that does it! This eosb will be a learn to 'switch' tele week Twisted Evil Shocked
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@auntie masque, freeing the heel is sooooooo cool Cool
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@skimottaret, count me in
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Good to hear you guys are heading towards free heeling!

Im on EoSB so if anyone is interested in getting anything set up by way of a tele instruction day let me know. We did this on a few bashes with some interest but it just fell by the wayside.

Ive potentially got some spare kit I could bring out if need be.

Oh and if you are really serious, you could do a whole lot worse than coming along to the next GB Championships in Pralognan La Vanoise next January 2019 - same format every year which includes five full days coaching by top coaches and potential races (Development or Championship) at the end of it all - Im on the organising committee so any questions PM me
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@andyman, don't encourage the numpties, it'll dilute the magic and mystery of 'toe dancing' on't snow . . . or the moonlit, naked run they have to do when having achieved their first set of proper carved tele turns wink Twisted Evil
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@andyman, Iím intending to bring my tele gear to eosb
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@andyman, don't encourage the numpties, it'll dilute the magic and mystery of 'toe dancing' on't snow . . . or the moonlit, naked run they have to do when having achieved their first set of proper carved tele turns wink Twisted Evil


Hell masque when I can ever do any nice set of proper carved turns tele or otherwise I will gladly do a moonlit naked run Laughing
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@sarah, Can never show this too often . . . When I can do this I'll go 'button shroom'

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http://youtube.com/v/_RQdbpZ-Nz4


Spot the one REALLY ODD thing about switch tele?
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@auntie masque, You talking about the differing lead ski ?
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skimottaret wrote:
getting seriously tempted to book this course. Anyone fancy some self help days at Hemel from April ?? I havent been on tele gear for almost 5 years and was at beginner stage then. Toofy Grin Toofy Grin


While I'm not really interested in the L1 I'm definitely up for the self-help group and a bit of crossing my tails and flopping hilariously. If only to keep Mairead honest when she looks smug after some smooth turns and you have to break it to her that it's because she did them alpine wink
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@Dave of the Marmottes, or storks!

Iím afraid the smugness comes as standard. Sorry about that.
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@skimottaret,

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getting seriously tempted to book this course. Anyone fancy some self help days at Hemel from April ?? I havent been on tele gear for almost 5 years and was at beginner stage then. Toofy Grin



If you sort some dates I'll see what I can do (ME/CFS permitting) .... Happy


... and if anyone wants some bindings or boots (26.5) let me know
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@ski, yup, I've tried it both ways and in switch leading with the downhill ski sends you down the fall line .. Confused
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@Dave of the Marmottes, cool be good to get a little group going...
@ski, currently skiing alpine in Italy with a sore knee Wink , will have a think about dates in a few weeks once the season is over.
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@sarah, Can never show this too often . . . When I can do this I'll go 'button shroom'

Wait for a minute in . . Shocked


http://youtube.com/v/_RQdbpZ-Nz4


Spot the one REALLY ODD thing about switch tele?


Thatís amazing. Really is.

Iím very much a tele beginner and a stop-start one at that. I need to get back at it.
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@sarah, once you start carving, speed really is your friend . . . along with counter rotation and angulation. I'm self taught so I've been through a LOT of experimentation. Although it's relatively easy to drop, relax and smear turns there is a LOT you can do to adjust turn shape and control with separation, depth of drop and individual ski weighting. . . and fine tuning those through the carve and lead change. Just a couple of times I've managed a jet change to lead, though more often it's been a yard sale Embarassed

The simple fact of life to be a telemarker is leg strength and stamina. Have those and you can dance on your toes till the moonlight is your path home Madeye-Smiley
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@auntie masque, I really need to get back at it. The club in Manchester is very active at Chill Factore.

In fact this event might be of interest to peeps on this thread. I went last year and it was a really great day.

http://www.lodjur.me.uk/mccsc_new/2018_nw_telemark_festival/NWTF_2018_flyer_page1_v2.pdf
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some chatter on FB about doing a day at Hemel with a BASI tele trainer. Would possibly count for a CPD day and would be a good way to get a proper intro to tele. perhaps if we can get a few interested a day would be a good way to get started then crack on with some self help days ??? anyone interested ?
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It does sound like fun, but I have no imminent need for a CPD, and far too many other courses on the horizon to be able to justify a new thread. Another year I could well be interested though - I'd much rather learn something new than repeat something to meet the CPD requirements.
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