Comparing tactics and techniques
is what Interski is all about.
their presentation. The indoor lecture
(before the on-snow presentations) gave
us the outline as to what was going to
be presented. The technical structure
for the Norwegian telemark workshop
focused on these four points:
F Dynamic position and balance.
Focus on the position, which is constantly moving in all directions. Skiers
are seeking a position that is optimal to
cope with any given situation.
F;Good turn transition.
Focus on unweighting the inner ski to
get a good transition between turns and
to gain early control of the new turn.
Focus on orientation and projection
to get a good transition between
turns and to be able to gain early
control of the new turn.
F;Step forward exchange.
Have a stable dynamic position the fall
line; in this way skiers can attack the
turn. It’s one of the most important
things to enable us to get the early
edge/power and steer into the turn.
As I walked to the on-snow presentation I
thought about the Norwegian technical
structure. Its focus on the turn transition
and the stepping-forward exchange
seemed very on-piste oriented. My
focus would be to learn more about
their approach and how their system
balanced on-piste and off-piste skills. In
particular I wanted to learn more about
their focus on “good turn transition”
and “stepping-forward exchange.”
The Norwegians started their on-snow
presentation with some strong statements
from their workshop handouts:
“The carving ski is one of the best
things that has happened for us to be
able to master skiing. The carving ski
has not contributed as much to dynamics
as the understanding of dynamics.”
“NTN Binding (Ne w Telemark Norm)
is the newest and most groundbreaking
thing that has happened to telemark
skiing for many years. It gives us the
possibilities to extend telemark skiing
more toward the alpine discipline.”
The large group then proceeded to be