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Freeheel Life Cup & Karbon Telemark National Championships
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.
KARBON TELEMARK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RACING
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
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.
- Men’s / Women’s 18yrs and up
- Boys 12-17yrs, Girls 12-17 yrs
Grand Targhee Big Mountain TELE Competition Schedule Detail
|Wednesday, March 1, 2017|
|5:00pm||Junior Athlete Check-in||Rendezvous Lodge|
|Thursday, March 2, 2017 (Event Start)|
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|All Day||Possible weather day|
WORLD TELEMARK 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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