Check out the skills of tele skiers Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough on some really old school tele gear!

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Intro by Paul Kimbrough

Remember the old K2 Telemark poster with a picture of Jeff Giffin inverted with a mute grab?  It reads, “Take something hard, make it harder, then make it look easy.”  Jake showed up in Driggs with a used pair of leather tele boots he purchased at a second hand store in Colorado.  After only a few runs on pins and leathers he was praising the feel.  “There’s no back seat, no front seat, only a perfectly balanced middle seat, you have to be 100% on it,” he claimed.  A little nervous and not yet convinced, I borrowed an old pair from Chris Valiante of 22-Designs and gave it a go on a beautiful bluebird day at Grand Targhee.  The boots felt comfy, a little too roomy, and skied like bleep!  Just getting off the lift became a challenge.  The Zen like level of focus required to ski reminded me of my early days telemarking. Leathers made even the mellowest of groomers, small jumps and bumps thrilling. Surprising, many of the fundamentals from telemarking on plastic boots transfer over to leathers and by day three we were feeling it. Get out and try it yourself!

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  1. curmudgeon says:

    My goodness, color moving pictures of this manner of snow sliding is really the bees knees….

  2. snowcontrol says:

    No one cares that you Tele.

  3. JohnnyG says:

    Michael Jackson cares if you tele.

  4. chard says:

    these guys are so much better than you!

  5. Jonny B says:

    I remember the days of Rossignol TRS, Asolo Extreme lace ups, and 3-pin bindings too well. That’s real telemarking – plastic boots and heavy skis just don’t seem right for tele. Just sayin’.

  6. TheDon says:

    I was going to try tele, but then I came to the conclusion that I was going to stay heterosexual


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