The 35th annual North American Telemark Festival, the world's oldest and largest gathering of Telemark skiers, heads for Mad River Glen next month. This year's event will take place on March 13-14.

Dick Hall, founder of NATO, invites people to join Telemark skiers from around the planet for a weekend of freeheel celebration, famous Mad River Glen skiing, wild championship races, skills clinics, surprises, and fun.

"The Tele-fest is always one of our biggest weekends of the year," says Mad River Glen's President, Jamey Wimble, adding, "Mad River is the  Mecca for telemarkers in New England and the festival really drives that point home."

The Festival includes clinics that cover a range from beginning basics to radical terrain skills. All major telemark equipment manufacturers will be on hand with demos of the latest gear.

The weekend includes various competitions, including the World Championship Berserkebeiner Race at 11 a.m. Saturday March 12, the World Championship Bump Buffet, and the Radical Terrain Three-Pin Freeheel Skiing contest at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 13. The latter race features the coolest retro gear, clothing, and technique.

The après-ski highlight is the infamous Tele-Dance Party on Saturday night, and it all wraps up on Sunday with the annual World Record Group Telemark Turn attempt. It's an event not to be missed.

More information: Mad River Glen, or call 802-496-3551; North American Telemark Organization, or call 802-496-4387.