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Going Deeper: A Free-Heel History

Dec. 11th 2014

It used to be for stability – dropping one knee provided better fore and aft stability than the parallel position, especially when wearing soft, leather lace-up boots. With good telemark technique, the backcountry became a ski playground long before AT gear became as reliable and lightweight as it is today. Only recently, with the invention of ultralight Rando-racing technology, does fixed-heel ski gear compete with the weight advantage of old school tele gear.

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World Cup Telemark Racing with U.S. Team’s Knee-Dropping Diva, Lorin Paley

Jan. 5th 2011

Lorin Paley is fast out of the gate. The former Alpine ski racer turned Telemarker, Paley found the love of drop-knee glory when a former alpine skiing race coach recommended Telemark for her cross training. She never looked back.

The SCARPA-sponsored athlete began racing in the World Cup in 07-08, and has since has become the most decorated woman in Telemark racing. In addition to winning two junior World Cup Golds and a Silver, she’s claimed two silver and two bronze on the World Cup circuit, and has her eyes set on the gold. Did we mention she’s only eighteen?

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