When it hit the market in fall 1992, the SCARPA Terminator changed the game in telemark skiing. The world’s first plastic tele boot, the Terminator improved performance, durability and protection from the elements, not to mention changed people’s ideas about how backcountry-skiing gear could and should work.
Direct heir to the Terminator, today’s SCARPA T1 telemark ski boot is still regarded as the vanguard in plastic telemark boots. That’s a distinguished pedigree. And – while there’s been a lot of progression and design upgrades over the years to continue to improve performance in the T1 (keep on reading for what they are) and all of the Terminator-series boots – it’s interesting, and amazing, how much the original Terminator got right more than 20 years ago when it first hit the market.
The current 2013 T1 is still one of the most sought-after performance telemark ski boots in the world. Used by progressive tele skiers like like Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough, the T1 sets the bar for all-around performance in four-buckle 75 mm telemark boots. SCARPA has also evolved the T1 into a boot that works for the new Rottefella NTN binding system, the Terminator X Pro. Continue reading...
Martha Burley is an enigma. The Australian-born free ride competitor originally moved to Canada after college to ride snowboards in half-pipes. Since then she has completely changed gears and found harmony dropping knees and skiing uphill. We were able to get a few moments with the SCARPA athlete to figure out a little about what makes her tick.
How does an Australian wind up being a podium-finishing free-heeled, Freeride competitor living in Fernie, BC? I tried to learn to ski in Australia when I was in college. I had no clue what to do, so I just threw myself down the mountain and hoped for the best. There were a few bruises along the way but overall I managed to come out in one piece. From there, I got into snowboarding and went to Canada because I heard they had good half pipes, and that’s what I really wanted to ride.
Instead, I found deep powder, which was okay too, and somehow found the place with the best snow in Canada: Fernie! [That is where] I tried telemarking—I thought it might be faster to get around in the deep snow (and it looked like a lot of fun)—and the cycle started again: throw yourself down the mountain and see what happens, try not to fall too much, and try and work out how to turn both ways in control. When you are at the top of a mountain and the powder turns to ice or rock you need to know instinctively what to do. The best thing about telemarking is you can’t be lazy; it’s a continuous learning experience. Continue reading...
Cool news for telemarkers! Rottefella is offering a $100 rebate for those who purchase both NTN bindings and any NTN boot, including the SCARPA Terminator X, Terminator X Pro and TX Comp, between Oct 1, 2010 and January 31, 2011.
Coming into it’s fourth season, the NTN system is the most innovative telemark binding system, offering more power, performance and ease of use than any other telemark binding available. The binding and boots from SCARPA’s NTN collection have won Backcountry Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards each of the last two years.
To get the rebate, which comes in the form of a Visa gift card after purchase, you just have to send in a receipt for boots and bindings dated between Oct. 1, 2010 and Jan. 31, 2011, along with the filled in form from Rottefella. To get a copy of the form, just click on the ‘more’ button at the bottom of this post, then save the form to your desktop and print out. These forms will also be available through retail shops that sell the NTN system and at ski demos where you try the NTN system.
Stay tuned, Rottefella is planning an NTN tour across the U.S. this season. We’ll post the details as soon as we know. Continue reading...