The Telemark skiing technique is almost as old as the Norwegian woods and hills whence it sprung, and it has become the method of downhill descent choice for many Colorado skiers.
Durango Mountain Resort would like to help pass the word to out-of-staters, too.
Durango is conducting Telefestivals, wherein anyone from newbies to experienced free-heelers can learn something new on selected Sundays this month and next. The all-day clinics, which are designed to be fun and user-friendly, will be held Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22 and cost $30 ($70 if you need a lift ticket).
The resort is holding a similar deal on certain upcoming TeleTuesdays (Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24), for those who can get to Durango Mountain Resort during the middle of the week. Prices for the clinics, which will explore various aspects of modern Telemark skiing that have been inspired by the latest innovations, are the same as the Sunday Telefestival outings.
Durango Mountain Resort also has Telemark classes for kids available through the Snowburners program on Saturdays this month and next, and the resort will conduct Telemark classes for groups made up solely of men or of women (minimum of four persons per group).