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Freeheel Life Cup & Karbon Telemark National Championships


Event Details Freeheel Life Cup Registration Race Registration

The greatest weekend in Telemark in 2017 will be at Grand Targhee Resort and includes both the USTSA sanctioned Freeheel Life Cup telemark freeskiing competition, and the Karbon Telemark National Championship races. Bringing it all together is a free event, the 3rd Annual World Telemark Day Celebration at the base area of Grand Targhee Resort. March 2-5, 2017 will prove to be the center of the telemark universe. Both the Freeheel Life Cup and Karbon Telemark National Championships epitomize the peak of telemark competition in telemark freeski and race, and World Telemark Day represents the ultimate celebration of all things telemark.


No Experience is necessary. We have race categories for everyone.

  • Junior 2 – age 13 and younger (as of 12/31/16)
  • Junior 1 – ages 14-17 (as of 12/31/16)
  • Citizen – ages 18 and older, including Masters…racing for fun
  • Expert – all ages, must have a USTSA Competitive Membership to enter this division

Weekend Schedule

Thursday, March 2 – TWO Classic Races – (one run each race – 2 runs total)- Includes GS gates, a Nordic style jump, a 360 degree banked turn and a Nordic Skate to the finish. This race is considerably longer than the Sprint Classic. The first of the two classic races will be used in the calculation of the National Champions.
Friday, March 3 – Parallel Sprint – This is the exciting new head-to-head competition event that you’ve seen in videos on the USTSA website. We will start the day with a qualifing run(s). Then the top 32 or 16 men and 8 or 4 women (depending on number of competitors) will race head-to-head in the finals.
Saturday, March 4 – Sprint (2 runs with combined time). Includes GS gates, a Nordic style jump, a 360 degree banked turn and a Nordic Skate to the finish.  Celebrate World Telemark Day with Demos, Clinics, Vendors and the Telemark Community!
Sunday, March 5 – Possible weather day.

Additional Race Information:

  • Helmets are required and for racers. If you are racing in the Expert Division the helmets MUST have hard ear coverings.
  • The top 3 Men and Women overall will recieve cash prizes. 1st Place will receive $200, 2nd Place will receive $125 and 3rd Place will receive $75.
  • Nordic style skate poles are recommended for all events.
  • USTSA points will be calculated for Competitive and Junior members.
  • View Competition Rules and the complete Competition Guide

7th Annual Big Mountain Telemark Competition – Freeheel Life Cup

The best Telemark skiers will be competing on steep slopes of Peaked Mountain, with a top prize of $750. Tele Big Mountain Freeriders are scored based on line choice, fluidity, technique, control, and style as they navigate through natural terrain featuring trees, steeps, cliffs, chutes, drops and gullies where they are rewarded for using the features creatively. Showcasing their skills in the steeps of Reliable and Bobcat, this next generation of rippers are redefining the sport of Freeride Telemarking.

2017 Event Details

Lodging deals for competitors and families call 800-TARGHEE (827-4433) mention the Telemark Freeskiing Competition.

  • Registration Closes February 27, 2017 4:00pm MST. Registration spots are limited.
  • Event Location: Peaked Mountain – Reliable and Bobcat
  • Big Mtn Competition registration includes the Tele Party and tons of event swag.
  • Competitor lift tickets $25 per day / family member tickets available at registration.
  • Awards: 4:00pm at Rendezvous Lodge, located on the main plaza.
  • 1st Place: $$750 Men & Women
  • 2nd Place: $500 Men & Women
  • 3rd Place: $300 Men & Women
  • No cash purse for junior competitors
  • All athletes and coaches must wear avalanche beacons during inspection and competition while in the venue. There will be NO exceptions.
  • Any lost athlete bibs will get charged $50 per bib.
  • Information regarding inspection will be posted at check-in.
  • Women will run first each day.
  • Start List will be available at check-in prior to each day.

Competition Categories

  • Men’s / Women’s 18yrs and up
  • Boys 12-17yrs, Girls 12-17 yrs

Weekend Schedule

Grand Targhee Big Mountain TELE Competition Schedule Detail

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Schedule Times Descriptions Locations
5:00pm Junior Athlete Check-in Rendezvous Lodge
Thursday, March 2, 2017 (Event Start)
Schedule Times Descriptions Locations
7:30-8:00m Junior Freeskiing athlete meeting Rendezvous Lodge
8:00am Junior Freeskiing athlete early load to inspect Sacajawea Chair
10:00am-3:00pm Juniors Freeskiing Competition Qualifier Round Reliable
4:00pm Junior Freeskiing athlete meeting Rendezvous Lodge
5:00pm Adult Freeskiing athlete meeting Rendezvous Lodge
Friday, March 3, 2017
Schedule Times Descriptions Locations
7:30am-8:00am Adult Freeskiing athlete meeting Rendezvous Lodge
8:00am Adult Freeskiing athlete early load to inspect Sacajawea Lift
10:00am-3:00pm Adult Freeskiing Competition Qualifier Round Reliable
4:00pm Adult Freeskiing athlete meeting Rendezvous Lodge
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Schedule Times Descriptions Locations
7:30am-8:00am Freeskiing Finals athlete meeting Rendezvous Lodge
8:00am Early load for athletes and coaches Sacajawea Lift
10:00am-3:00pm Freeskiing Finals Competition Reliable/Bobcat
4:30pm Awards for FIS Telemark Races and Freeskiing Competition Targhee Plaza
5:30pm Pizza Party Rendezvous Lodge
6:30pm World Telemark Day Party w/ Apres Music Trap Bar & Grill
Sunday, March 5, 2017 (PARTY)
Schedule Times Descriptions Locations
All Day Possible weather day


  • A vendor village will be set up at the base area and demos and clinics will be available on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • A Mob Telemark run is planned for Sunday.
  • More information will be available at Telemark Skier Magazine and at USTSA.


VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED EACH DAY – If you have family or friends attending the races with you, please ask them to volunteer. No experience is necessary, we will train the volunteers. A lift ticket and a $10 lunch voucher will be provided for the day. We will be using SignUp.com to coordinate volunteers. Encourage your friends and family members to visit the USTSA website and volunteer. These events can only happen with volunteers!


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March 2, 2017
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