based: Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Alpine and Telemark ski touring and expeditions, Nordic and cross-country skiing, and instruction courses covering backcountry skiing skills and avalanche safety – in New Zealand's most spectacular winter wilderness locations.
| telemark skiing | cross-country skiing | nordic ski touring | ski mountaineering/touring | New Zealand |
Jackson Hole – Telemark Steep Camp
based: Wyoming, USA
Telemark Steep & Deep Camp , an instructional camp for intermediate to expert telemarkers. Learn to ski steep terrain, learn about off-piste snow conditions and gain backcountry experience.
| telemark skiing | USA |
Telemark Ski Company (The) Featured Site
based: Anglesey, Wales, UK
The Telemark Ski Company operate specialist instructional courses and tours in Nordic, Telemark and cross country skiing led by highly qualified instructors. Telemarking and freeheel skiing in Scotland, Italy, France, Sweden and Norway and beyond.
| telemark skiing | cross-country skiing | nordic ski touring | ski mountaineering/touring | Italy | France | Norway | Sweden | Scotland |
based: Sussex, UK
On and off-piste adventure telemark skiing instruction for all levels from absolute beginners to tele racer training. Courses run in Tignes and Val d'Isere.
| telemark skiing | France |
DNT – Den Norske Turistforening
The Norwegian Mountain Touring Association (DNT) operate an excellent system of mountain huts and organise cross country and ski touring trips.
| nordic ski touring | cross-country skiing | telemark skiing | Norway |
Mad River Glen
based: Vermont, USA
A telemarkers Mecca, with some of the best lift-served telemark skiing in the Eastern US. Uncrowded slopes, natural snow, award-winning terrain and fine tree skiing attract free-heelers in abundance.
| ski/snowboard | USA |
Sun Valley Trekking
based: Idaho. USA
Ski outfitters and guides with backcountry ski huts and yurts in the mountains near Sun Valley, Idaho.
| telemark skiing | ski mountaineering/touring | cross-country skiing | snowshoeing | USA |
Telemark skiing, a definition
In this section we use telemark skiing (or telemarking) to mean downhill skiing using free-heel bindings, where it's possible to use a telemark turn. This might be on-piste telemarking or backcountry/off-piste telemark touring.
The difference is generally in the type of ski and binding used, and the type of terrain skied. The equipment used in cross country and Nordic skiing will differ from that used in telemarking; in general, for cross-country/Nordic skiing, everything will be much lighter weight and the narrower, straighter skis will have a Nordic camber (wax pocket) to allow for climbing hills using grip wax (or a fish-scale base). Telemark ski terrain will generally be steeper and is usually exactly the same terrain used by alpine (downhill) skiers, be that on or off-piste.
See this site for and excellent skiing glossary to help understand the differences!