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Telemark is fringe again!?

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:57 am
by twopass
M.E.C don't tele no more, so, B.C.S.O.L.? :lol:

Hows about this place in Québec - https://www.lacordee.com/en/ - anyone use them? Easy return on boots if wrong size?

Think an old cripple on T4s or Excursions could drive Imagethese?

Re: Telemark is fringe again!?

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:17 am
by paulzo
Wait, I think I missed something - you mean there was a time when tele was mainstream? Shoot, I miss out on all the cool trends.

Re: Telemark is fringe again!?

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:40 am
by lowangle al
That looks like a good pairing with T4s. Is that for the resort?

Re: Telemark is fringe again!?

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:49 pm
by Baaahb
paulzo wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:17 am
Wait, I think I missed something - you mean there was a time when tele was mainstream?
President's weekend, 2005. Brief but glorious.

Re: Telemark is fringe again!?

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:41 pm
by lowangle al
Baaahb wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:49 pm
paulzo wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:17 am
Wait, I think I missed something - you mean there was a time when tele was mainstream?
President's weekend, 2005. Brief but glorious.
Good one Baaahb. If we had a "like" button I'da pushed it.

Re: Telemark is fringe again!?

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:57 pm
by twopass
lowangle al wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:40 am
That looks like a good pairing with T4s. Is that for the resort?
No, looking to build up a lightweight set-up for daytrips up local hills - maybe some jaunts down to Table Mtn. by Baker.

Pic from google. My Outbacks current w/7tm to be replaced w/Switchback 2's for easy up + d/h control.

Re: Telemark is fringe again!?

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:10 pm
by gnalneb
I was struggling to find a shop in my area who knows Tele - and was told by one of the better small ski shops that they haven't done any selling/servicing of Tele gear for almost 6 years, and that it's going way down as now Tele isn't the only entry point into the backcountry and AT gear is getting better and more approachable cost-wise....so everyone who went Tele has moved back to their roots.

I can believe it, but the shop I did find who does great work in Golden, CO said their Tele sales are still on a steady upward trend...so who knows? :-)

I went Tele back when I was in High School in the 90's and haven't looked back....it's good to be fringe :-)

My Atomic 190cm and leather boot is still great for a day touring around in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Re: Telemark is fringe again!?

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:53 pm
by Cannatonic
don't listen to the naysayers - tele is going strong and getting bigger every year - only it's called "XCD" now. Look at Asnes - the company is expanding and growing by leaps & bounds and offers a full range of tele skis and skins. You can buy them at REI or Neptune.