Action starts in Steamboat Springs, with a day of training followed by a Giant Slalom and two Sprint Classic comps. Races are at both Mount Werner at Steamboat, and Howelsen Hill which is downtown. Then the entourage of freeheel fans journeys to Silverthorne, where four days of racing continues at Keystone.
This is the first Telemark World Cup in Colorado. The events are typically run in other parts of the country. Now, there are so many athletes from the Rocky Mountains, events are being held in Colorado. Four Steamboat skiers are on the U.S. Telemark "A" team, including brother and sister, Lorin and Ben Paley, Charlie Dresen, and coach Shane Anderson. Five more Steamboat skiers are on the "B" or Development team.
Most of the telemark skiers will first compete at a World Cup in Norway, before heading to Steamboat. Lorin Paley says, "I keep telling everyone who has participated or watched Telemark racing in the U.S. how exciting it will be to watch the best racers in the world ski, jump, and skate in an international World Cup Race. For those who have never seen a Telemark race, they should not miss the opportunity."
The action then moves to Montana for the U.S. Telemark National Championships which will be held at Whitefish Mountain Resort, March 18-21. There will be a race and a competitive level for everyone.