A one-week course will be staged at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, this autumn which aims to train and qualify skiers as Level 1 Telemark Ski Instructors with an IASI (Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors) qualification.
Telemark skiing is the original form of downhill skiing and originated in Norway in the 1860s. It involves skiing without your heel fixed to your skis and has become increasing popular again in recent years.
The course, which costs £500pp including slope access and all training, takes place between 31 October and 4 November 2016 and is a five-day on-snow training and assessment programme run by Scott Hammond, a British telemark instructor and trainer based in Lillehammer, Norway.
You don’t need previous telemark experience to take part; the course is open to competent alpine skiers who might well turn out to be very good telemark skiers too but might never have been on tele skis before.
During the week, participants will receive personal development training on their telemark skiing alongside techniques for teaching the discipline at an entry level. Skiers who pass the Level 1 will be able to use their qualification to teach telemark skiing in the UK in indoor snowdomes and on artificial slopes as well as providing a second discipline for those with international alpine ski instructor qualifications (International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA)).
“The Snow Centre is an ideal setting for this course, and I’m looking forward to skiing on ‘home’ snow once again in Hemel Hempstead,” said Scott Hammond. alpinecoaching.co.uk