For the few, the brave, the men and women who have stepped away from the locked heel herd to do the free heel dance you are encouraged to join Tele Festivus at Monarch Mountain February 13th. It’s a rockin’ good time on one of Colorado’s premiere powder stashes. Jim Smith and the Mountain Chalet crew will be hosting the event with an opportunity to sample skis, bindings and if you’ve never tried the Telemark dance, this is your day to give ‘er a go.
Not sure what to expect? Here’s what one attendee had to say last year:
Saturday was Telefestivus, a festivus for the rest of us, (telemarkers that is)…Disclaimer – I’m a recovering Tele Skier. Activities included Tele equipment demos, telemark lessons, an Uphill/Downhill competition (Feats of Strength), a guided social hike to Mirkwood, Avi Awareness activities, and an end of day group ski, down Tele Alley & finishing in the Sidewinder Saloon.
Mt. Chalet will be bringing a set of TX-Pros for newbies and NTN converts, plus skis with 22 Designs bindings, Bishop’s BMF (duckbill or duckbutt), and le Meidjo. And for those who don’t know, Monarch gets more legendary snow than Vail. For those inclined, there’s lots of untracked terrain around the area at Monarch Pass, which you can access it via SnowCat or skins. It’s nowhere near I-70, so the crowd factor fades. Where else would you want to be February 13th? Especially if it dumps.