Telemark Skiing is a ski technique that combines elements of Alpine and Nordic skiing. Telemark skiing is named after where it originated in the Telemark region of Norway. It is also known as free hill skiing and telemarking, and is becoming known nowadays because it feels freer than other types of skiing. The heel is free since the boot is only attached at the toe. The most popular technique is called the Telemark Turn in which the legs alternately ski from turn to turn. Nowadays, skiers use polymer boots, others still use leather boots.
The bindings for telemark skiing holds the boot by the toes, unlike Alpine Skiing which is fixed-heel. The International Ski Federation Telemark Committee governs competitions. Some of the telemark competitions include: Telemark giant slalom, Telemark Classic, Telemark Sprint Classic and many others.
- Cross-Country Skiing — races over snow-covered terrain using skis.
- Ski Mountaineering — the objective is to climb up a mountain wearing skis, occasionally carrying if required, and then descend on the skis.
- Ski Orienteering — the objective for athletes is to navigate from the start to the finish through checkpoints while riding on skis.
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