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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides; Second Edition edition (Aug. 26 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076274586X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762745869
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Telemark Tips is the ultimate guide for anyone who’s ever yearned to master the subtleties of the telemark turn. Here you will find 123 clear, concise, all-around amazing telemark tips complemented by often hilarious and always helpful illustrations. In the decade since the book's original publication, telemark skiing has evolved enormously. This edition reflects the new gear, the new teaching, and the new style. For beginners and experts alike, it is a must-have for tele-skiers who really want to shred.

About the Author

Allen O'Bannon grew up in Portland, Oregon and first learned to ski on the sloped of Mount Hood. In the mid-80s he made not only a transition to the mountains of the west, but also to a pair of freeheel bindings. Allen has worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School since 1987 and is a senior instructor in the NOLS winter program. Unable to find a real job, he turned to writing this book to support his ski habit. He currently resides for part of the year in Victor, Idaho.Mike Clelland never went to Art School, studying Mad Magazine instead. Mike grew up in the flat plains of Michigan, then spent ten years (as a Yuppie!) in New York City. In 1987 he thought it might be fun to be a ski bum in Wyoming for the winter. Unfortunately, after living and skiing in the Rockies, he found it quite impossible to return to his previous life in the Big City. Mike is presently living in a shed in Idaho where he divides his time between illustrator and NOLS instructor.

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By Paddle101 on Feb. 25 2013
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Learned to telemark at 15 back in '69 from a guy who had just arrived from Norway, I'm amazed to realized all these key points in a funny way.
Not an instrutional book, but a wonderful reminder of how to do it gracefully on fats or skinnies.
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Very good book for a n00bs like me. Gives a very nice introduction to the world, but as you can expect, it won't replace having a teacher!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Still a great book, but a lot of overlap Sept. 23 2008
By D. Anderson - Published on
Format: Paperback
A great source for beginner and intermediate level telemarkers. As the title would suggest, this "revised" version has a lot of overlap with the previous edition. For the price, however, it is worth picking up the new edition and gifting your old dog-eared copy of the original to a friend.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good Tips for All Levels of Tele Skiers Aug. 16 2010
By C. Ilenda - Published on
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Love the book - laid out well. Each "tip" concise and easy to understand. Book travels well, keep it in your pack for a reference while skiing. Many of the tips are focused on the same basic principles (back foot weighting, upper body facing the fall line, etc...) but approaching these principles in multiple different ways increases the chance that a tip will stick in your brain.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun and informative little book! Dec 8 2009
By Gaulzetti - Published on
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This book is really well done; there are lots of fun and humorous illustrations and accompanying text with helpful little tele tips. If you are new to telemark skiing (as I am) this is a great little book. If you are already a good telemark skier there are some good tips and advice for you too. This book's illustrations are really fun and explain the text well. This book's tips range from really basic to really hard, from good basic tele form to skiing tele backwards. It's a great quick read, and you don't have to read it in the order given. Another fun aspect of this book is a flow chart which helps you decide which tips you should be working on. A nice read for the drive up to your ski resort. I can't wait to read the authors' book about backcountry skiing.
Wish I'd read it 25 years ago. June 22 2013
By A. Chong - Published on
Format: Paperback
Great collection of points, in a good format--you're
really working on a lot of different disjointed things when
you're learning to tele. Nicely illustrated by the
same guy that does the illustrations in Rock and Ice.

One thing I'd like to emphasize that cured my (and
several others) big tele problems (before I'd
read the book)

Tip #40 - goofy foot telemark. Will cure
any balance problems or incorrect hip positioning.
Was the big reason why I couldn't carve nicely on
one side. after a bit, you start weighting equally,
in the proper stance, and then it doesn't matter which
ski is forward or how much
(and backwards/switch telemark starts becoming possible)

Tip #76 - ski without poles. yeah, even on the hard stuff.
You'd be amazed how much better you ski after a few days.
Well, maybe not if you're jump turning.
Great information on technique with exercises April 9 2014
By AL - Published on
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This book has good illustrations on why it is important to have visuals while learning telemark skiing vs alpine skiing. Good varying exercises are provided focusing single techniques and more for proper telemark position. The illustrations are better for me to visualize certain techniques and why they are important as also repeated in the 'Free-Heel Skiing: Telemark and Parallel Techniques' by Paul Parker.

I would recommend purchasing the hard copy because I found myself drawing in a few of my notes on top of the illustrations provided. Good book overall.

Fun interesting facts like the lurk.