Thursday, February 12, 2009

Montana Telemark Skiing

I decided to learn to tele ski this winter. I enrolled in a clinic at our local area, Lost Trail Powder Mountain with some friends from Stevensville. It has been great fun and I am starting to be able to link tele turns on the groomed runs. After a 16-inch snow at Lost Trail we attempted to ski some tracked bumps on a steeper run, and I learned just how many ways you can fall on tele skis without serious injury. Here are a few pictures taken at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, a few hours drive to the north, during a temperature inversion. Driving up to the ski area we popped out of the gloom into bright sunshine and we could look down on the sea of fog with only the highest mountain tops poking out into the sunshine. Flathead Lake is out there under the fog somehwere.