By Alicia Dziak

Join other free-spirited free-heelers at Holiday Valley’s annual teleski event, Telestock, on Feb. 26, sponsored by Ellicottville’s City Garage.

The event’s name was inspired by the famous Woodstock music festival, which fits well with “the free spirited way of skiing” that teleskiing was and is still known for.

What exactly is teleskiing, a.k.a. telemark skiing? Telemark skiing uses a different boot and binding than is used for 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 resort and in the backcountry, with the idea that free heels allow for easy climbing and open possibilities for efficient touring.

Sound cool but haven’t had a chance to try it yet? Now’s your chance. Head to the Champagne Sundeck of HV’s Yodeler Lodge starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 for a day of mind-opening possibilities on the slopes.

Telestock is a free event for everyone, from folks who want to try it for the first time to seasoned veterans of the sport. It features equipment demos and discounted day pass vouchers, and gives attendees the opportunity to talk teleski with others well versed in the sport.

“It really is just a fun day of getting people together and spreading the telemark vibes,” said Trey Clauss of City Garage. He added that the day will also include “just-for-fun NASTAR races, tree skiing, and moguls.”

In addition to feeling the teleski love, guests will also enjoy a free cookout from Dom’s Butcher Block, free boot and ski rentals, and the chance to purchase this year’s awesome tie dye event t-shirts.

Don’t miss your chance to get your share of the teleskiing good vibes with the best backdrop around!