WHY I ALMOST SHUT DOWN ABSOLUTE TELEMARK
Since the beginning of the Absolute Telemark project, I always felt like I was not giving as much as I first intended.
This has been a great adventure so far, but over the last weeks, I really thought of shutting down the website and all.
I’m really proud of the tutorials created so far and the answer has been great. The people on our mailing list knows just how much this is important to me. Telemark is my life.
But for me, learning Telemark is more then watching a few videos.
Around me, the Telemark scene is not as alive as it used to be. And it’s not because there are no Telemark skiers. It just seems that we are more diluted, that more alpine skiers are going in the backcountry. That the old guard, the first generation of tele bums, are not as implicated as they used to be…
I’d really like to know your opinion on this. What could be done to get the community to be more dynamic?
Still, I went to a really great telemark festival last weekend at La Reserve. Over 300 telemark skiers present, 170 took a lessons, 120 borrowed equipment and 22 raced. For me, the real interesting stat here is that more people took lessons than borrowed equipment! The interest is on the sport, the interest is about skiing and free heeling.
This reflexion has gotten me to think that Absolute Telemark is still a great way to reach people. And that we can do better…
Over the last two weeks, I’ve really been thinking about how I could do my share, how Absolute Telemark could really help the community. I’ve been working on “something”, a big project. I will share it with you shortly.
In the meantime, if you could tell me what you think about all this (It only have to be a short answer) in the comments below. (The big box right below)