By Alicia Dziak

You’ve probably heard the terms—telemark skiing, freeheeling, teleskiing – they all mean the same thing, but what exactly is that?

In a nutshell, telemark skiing utilizes a different boot and binding than traditional downhill skiing, and the major difference is that the heel is free and able to lift off the ski. Telemark skiing is a versatile skiing style that allows the freedom to ski both at the resorts and in the backcountry, with the idea that free heels allow for easy climbing and open possibilities for efficient touring.


Never tried telemark skiing but want to learn? Have tried it and want to improve? Just wondering what it’s all about? Check out Telestock at Holiday Valley on Friday, Feb. 23, starting at 9 a.m.

Hang loose at the Hawaiian-themed event, centered around the Champagne Sundeck at Yodeler Lodge, and experience teleskiing, with free ski and boot demos and an awesome crew of local peeps to instruct.

“Telemark skiing is a great way to challenge yourself on terrain that can seem easy. It’s all about commitment!” said Trey Clauss, manager of Ellicottville’s City Garage, who is sponsoring the event, along with Dom’s Butcher Block, 22 Designs, Scarpa, Telemark Skier, Free Heel Life and Fly Low.

Along with all the fun of trying something new, enjoy a sausage cookout by Dom’s. Discount day pass vouchers are available.

For more info, call City Garage at (716) 699-2054.


HoliMont celebrates all things tele at their annual Telefest. Visit for details.

World Telemark Day

March 3 is World Telemark Day. The event, which takes place annually during the first Saturday in March, is celebrated worldwide.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the day was “Inspired by the need for telemarkers to have their own day of celebration and founded by Telemark Skier Magazine, World Telemark Day gives skiers the opportunity to come together to celebrate freeing one’s mind by freeing their heels.”

For more info, visit the event page at