Telefest, Triple Play on the way

March always brings warmer temperatures and a bit of attitude to Colorado’s ski scene, from funny costumes to funny races and the not-so-funny end of season for some resorts.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort has geared up for a busy March, starting with Saturday’s Telefest and continuing through the inaugural Powderhorn Triple Play on March 16.

Saturday’s Telefest features free-heel skiers from across the state participating in teleclinics, the entertaining Uphill/Downhill Polka Run, Costume Contest, plus live music.

A special guest will be Dylan Garner, one of the New School Telemarkers who make cruising through terrain parks and skiing backwards on free-heel skis look easy.

Registration for the all-day telemark clinics ($50 each, includes raffle ticket) starts at 8:30 a.m. with clinics running 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Instructors are Professional Ski Instructors of America-certified, said Kate Belknap of the Powderhorn Ski and Ride School.

“Most of the instructors are employed at Powderhorn but a couple come in from other resorts,” Belknap said. “We teach at all levels, from a clinic for a never-ever tele skier to someone wanting to improve their skills in the bumps and trees.”

Other Telefest events include the Uphill/Downhill Polka Run ($5), costume contest, and live music for the post-fest party ($10).

All entry fees include a raffle ticket. Additional tickets ($5 each) and commemorative T-shirts ($15) will be available Saturday.

The event regularly draws a good crowd, and this year’s abundant snow should see plenty of teleskiers out enjoying the conditions.

The event is open to all ages but skiers must remember the focus is on ski-resort Telemark skiing (Nordic downhill), which calls for resort-appropriate equipment.

This means skis with metal edges and a telemark binding and boots suitable for downhill teleskiing.

The new three-stage Powderhorn Triple Play on March 16 includes biking from the community center in Mesa up to Powderhorn, skinning or snowshoeing up the resort and finally skiing or snowboarding down.

This event is open to individual or team participation. Early registration is $40 per person, race day registration is $50.


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