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The Total Package: The TX Pro brings NTN Virtues to Life

Dec. 15th 2014

Even at a glance it’s easy to notice the free heel TX Pro is not messing around. The four buckle NTN (New Telemark Norm) system boot is built for maximum power and finesse, boasting all of SCARPA’s tricks and materials, including tech fitting compatibility. By design, the system’s dual connection creates a stronger interface between boot and ski, providing more powerful edge to edge responsiveness, while maintaining natural flex and overall driveability. Paired with NTN, this boot/binding system sets the new standard for free heel performance.

TX Pro

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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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Beans & Rice Freeride EP 3: Ski-Bum’s Delight

Nov. 11th 2013

The long awaited third and final installment of the Beans and Rice Freeride webisode series is here! Rejoin Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough in the Tetons for more backcountry action. While the last two episodes showed us the humorous side of being a tele ski bum, this more philosophical episode questions the ambitions of modern society and revels in the simplicity of skiing powder every day. A good forecast and bowl of beans and rice is a Ski Bum’s Delight!

Episode 3/3 (2013) – Ski Bum’s Delight from BeansandRiceFreeride on Vimeo.

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Tele Skiing and Mountain Biking with The Life Unbound

May. 2nd 2013

A few weeks back SCARPA athletes Weston D. and Shaun Raskin took several sets of gear down to the desert for a dual-sport weekend – backcountry telemark skiing and singletrack mountain biking. Weston and Shaun are creators of The Life Unbound blog and web series where they track their journeys across the West seeking bigger thrills and higher peaks.

Red & White: Life Unbound EP3 [S2] from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

As winter slowly fades to spring, a time honored tradition is followed in Utah. That is, as the mud season approaches, many – if not all – the locals migrate south. Southern Utah boasts some of the country’s greatest natural gems; from rock arches to sand to slickrock, there is something for everyone.

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Summer Skiing South of the Border

Apr. 19th 2013

SCARPA telemark athlete, Jake Sakson, recently received the offer of a lifetime – a trip to Portillo, Chile to coach a telemark camp. Instead of hanging up his skis until next season, Jake’s giving them a good tune, is ready to keep his tele skills sharp and share his techniques with other tele-addicts.

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Sakson State of Mind: The aspiring pro sounds off

Jan. 2nd 2013

Jake Sakson is simply taking it as it comes. The 22-year-old professional Telemarker and SCARPA athlete is currently calling Grand Targhee Resort his home turf, and skiing as much as possible. And he’s doing just fine. The former child actor found mountains more appealing than the stage and screen, and is fully playing the part. Competing in Alpine freeskiing events on pins, he’s proven he can hold his own—making it to the podium in a deep field of talent. He’s also a rising force for the Powderwhore film company, whose irreverent, yet grassroots appeal to ski films is a welcome perspective. We got a hold of the young gun and got some insight into the Sakson state of mind.

Where did you grow up? And who first put skis on your feet? I grew up in Carbondale, Colorado. My mom first strapped skis on my feet at a small mountain called Sunlight that to this day has some of the oldest chairlifts still operating. After straight-lining my first run, my mom bought me a helmet. I guess I liked to ski fast back then too.

You grew up snowboarding and alpine skiing, what caused you make the big switch to Telemark? In the winter 2006-07, I went to high school at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, which has an amazing Telemark program. I was drawn in by my fearless leader, Kayo Ogilby. I fell in love with the turn on my first day on the hill. It reinvigorated my love for skiing.

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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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To shred suitably…you have to nail your ski, boot, binding set-up

Dec. 21st 2010

What do you like to ski? Powder? Bumps? Backcountry steeps? All of the above? <check> While there is no single ideal setup that will shred in every situation, pairing the right gear with the intended purpose can be the difference between a decent winter and a great one. The trick is in being honest with yourself about how, where and when you’ll be shredding, then matching the right skis, boots and bindings for your specific needs.

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