Telemark world cup
- 20 January 2019 - 21 January 2019
An Italian town has been included for the second time in the history of the Telemark World Cup racing calendar: La Thuile.
The races will be contested over the same run which hosted three women’s World Cup races in February 2016 and two Telemark world cup races in January 2017. Piste number 3 in the ski area, named after Franco Berthod, an athlete who helped forge the history of Alpine skiing in La Thuile, is one of the most technically interesting: it’s a black run which descends from Les Suches plateau through the forests above La Thuile, reaching the town after almost three kilometres of challenging walls and sweeping corners.
Telemarking is a very ancient way of enjoying snow. The name comes from Norway and is down to the skill of a carpenter known as the father of telemarking, Sondre Norheim. He loved skiing so built himself some basic equipment and won a ski jumping competition, landing with the characteristic bent knees of this discipline.
This technique, which is characterised by its unmistakable bend, witnessed other moments of glory and, in all respects, was the forerunner of skiing. Since 2006, this unmistakable, elegant skiing maneuvre has been combined successfully with off-piste skiing and, thanks to developments with the equipment, has also begun to be used in Freeride and Freestyle skiing.