It was a great opportunity to start the season on fresh November's snow, at the Telemark opening, event Val Senales, Italy, 27-30 Nov.
Again, thanks to the Telemark Snow Events, Mariano Valcanover and the supporters of the event, I was invited to take part as a visiting speaker at the evening presentation program and 5 days upgrading my telemark skills with the best instructors in the world Giuliano Pederiva and Angelo Vallet.
The Telemark winter calendar is tight with events in different localities. Usually Val Senales is the right choice for the opening event because of its high altitude and exposure perfect for early skiing in the year.
Val Senales is a South Tyrolean all year round skiing spot, where the main cable car can take you up to 3200m in less than 10 minutes, from where you have a choice for different difficulty lines including 8 km downhill run.
The telemark opening has gathered around 300 telemarker from Italy and around. The program had included Telemark Imprinting - intensive course for beginners, Clinics and courses with some of the best National instructors of Italian Ski/Telemark Federation and some freeride and backcountry on a fresh Nov. pow. The evening program included the amazing presentation of Emilo Previtali's extreme winter achievements, Analisa with a post avalanche touching experience on Anapurna BC, and me, Ilina with my greatest latest passion - the Telemark, at a solo ski ascent of Mt Elbrus 5642m.
Even the people I met before, who I thought are more than solid telemark skiers, are still learning and improving with the professional instructors. Everyone I met seems to be so easy going.
I like the fact that this sport is pretty much age & gender discrimination free. As a woman I feel it is more than important to have female company in the sport that you play, and in this one particularly there are so many females involved. Thank you girls for being the greatest company and awesome roomies, my dearest Allesia Monticone, the super sweet Sabrina Beber and 2x2 coolest sister tandems Ilaria & Alice Valcanover, Diana and Milly Lazzeri.
And as last for this post, guess what's next in the new year's TSE calendar of activities?! We are finally announcing the first telemark event in Macedonia. The telemark (R)Evolution will take place in Mavrovo, Shapka and Galicica mountain from 14 - 17 Fevruary 2015 open for everyone willing to try. The Telemark snow events from Italy are bringing sufficiant equipment, instructors and their positive energy. http://www.telemarksnowevents.it/Il-Menu-del-sito-TSE.html
pWelcomeee and be part of it!
Opening ceremony 14 of Feb, Mavrovo. More info 00 389 70 377 826 / firstname.lastname@example.org