Allen & Mike's Really Cool Telemark Tips, Revised and Even Better!: 123 Amazing Tips To Improve Your Tele-Skiing Paperback – Aug 26 2008
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From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The authors make it clear from the start that the book is "nothing more than a bunch of little tips." True, but the authors certainly have a big picture in mind, and each tip serves to drive home the big picture in slightly different ways. For instance, the problem with my left leg is: not enough weight on it. I've tried lots of tips to try to get more weight on that leg, and in the end, one magic tip will likely be the one that fixes my leg, although I haven't found it yet. This book gives many tips for me to try at the resort, and always makes it clear what the purpose of the tip is.
I don't think this book will put professional ski instructors out of business, but it will help your skiing if you try the tips they give you.
This book was the answer! I read it cover to cover, that isn't saying much seeing how most of it is drawing and diagrams, but it taught me so much. The picture are worth a thousand words. Every drawing gives you so much information, a visual on what you are supposed to look like. I still have no idea if I look like that, but at least I believe I do.
I had actually taken a lesson first, no offense to the instructor, but I got so much more out of the book. It wasn't an hour of information, it was day after day of information, I could read something and try it out. Ahhh that is what I was doing wrong!
If you want to learn how to telemark buy this book, if you have been telemarking and still aren't sure what you are doing wrong, buy this book. It is funny and entertaining as well as extremely helpful in learning how to telemark. Good luck and enjoy!!
Personally, I've eliminated most of my bad skiing habits and not created any new ones, which is really praise. I've found handy tips on how to explain what I do to others while in class. This book has become an "on hill" teaching tool and stays in my day pack just for that purpose.
This compendium of "illustrations" keeps me fresh while teaching, although the book is by no means intended for an instructor. The graphics are relevant, funny, and, relate the sense of joy that both authours must feel about telemarking.
The book's a giggle to re-read, for me, it can stimulate the sense of being on the snow even during an August heat wave.
Relatively new to tele skiing, this book offers easy to remmber tips to dramatically improve your tele skills. I've found the humorous text and hilarious illustrations most useful. Allen and Mike get right to the point while avoiding a bunch of technical mumbo jumbo that often confuses and frustrates a beginner like myslef.
Most recent customer reviews
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!Published 22 months ago by Serge Blais
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2013 by Paddle101
You really need Parker's book to understand the tips of this juvenile book. But once you've read Parker's book you immediately realise that this book is just collection of tips... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by Southpaw
I've been telemarking badly for a few years, got hold of this book, and all my faults are in there! Read morePublished on May 29 2001 by Carl I. Brewer
I've been backcountry tele skiing for years, and I wish this book had been around when I started. This book is so accurate and concise in describing subtle issues about tele... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2001
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