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MAS Telemark Ski School
bear valley

Telemark Ski School

MAS hosts California's premiere telemark ski school dedicated to improving freeheel turns with professional and experienced instructors. Whether your new to skiing or an experienced alpine shredder, MAS has a variety of programs to get you smiling on freeheel gear. The MAS Telemark Ski School operates at the Bear Valley Mountain Resort in Northern California and is home of the celebrated Bear Valley Telemark Festival.

telemark ski instructor

MAS Intructors are PSIA certified

Telemark Ski School Programs:

Additional Telemark Skiing Info:


private telemark lesson Freeheel Friday top

On selected Fridays save $20 on a group teleamrk lesson! So grab your sticks and improve your telemark turns with professional and friendly instructors. Spaces are limited and advanced reservation are required so get on the ball an join us in Bear Valley.

Dates: Jan. 17, 2014
Feb. 14, 2014 (bring your sweetie ;-)
Mar. 21, 2014
Price: $75
$120 w/discounted lift ticket
Lodging: Bear Valley options.
Register: telemark ONLINE REGISTRATION
(209) 753-6556
private telemark ski lessons

telemark ski schoolTelemark Workshops

Immerse yourself during this full day of telemark instruction. Small groups (4 people max) of similar ability focus on skills relavent to the group and snow conditions. Small class size enables personalized attention and plenty of skiing. Come prepared for a day of learning, skiing and fun.

"I am an expert alpine skier and thought I knew everything there was to know about skiing. Boy was I wrong. Telemark skiing is my new challenge and I look forward to reaquaiting myself with the mountain with my new boots, boards and a smile"

advanced telemark class
Prices: $95
$140 w/discounted lift ticket
Length*: 3 hours (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
Meet: Bear Valley Mountain Ski School Meeting Area
Dates: Dec. 28, 2013
Jan. 18, 2014
Feb. 15, 2014
Mar. 22, 2014
Register:telemark ONLINE REGISTRATION or call - (209) 753-6556

* - if only one person registers then a 2-hour private will be offered


private telemark lesson Private Telemark Lessons

Private telemark lessons provide the personalized attention and flexible schedule to push your skiing to the next level. MAS instructors quickly assess skills and develop a plan that blends exercises and guided free skiing to improve your turns and increase your smile. Available daily with advanced reservations.

"I'm self-taught but couldn't get comfortable on steeper (black diamond) slopes. Your instructor (Kimi) helped me identify my strengths and weakness and showed me exercises to improve my balance. Now the weekend's over and I can't believe how much my skiing has improved. Thanks MAS!" (Debbie W. 2011)

private telemark ski lesson
Prices: $125 - 2 hours
$165 w/lift ticket
$50 additional hour
$50 additional person
Meeting Place: Bear Valley Mountain Ski School Meeting Area
Prerequisites: Ski leashes (or brakes) and metal edges
Registration: telemark ONLINE REGISTRATION or call - (209) 753-6556

ski schoolWhat is Telemark Skiing?

telemark ski school

The telemark turn is easily recognized as the skier separates their feet, one foot forward, one foot back with the heel raised on the back foot. Telemark skiers use specialized boots and bindings that enable the heel of the boot to rise off the ski. This is why telemark skiing is also called "freeheel" skiing. Today many alpine skiers turn to telemark skiing to shake up their skiing skills and provide a new challenge at the ski resort.

An experienced telemark skier is a beautiful and exciting sight.  Its a blend of body positions allowing the freeheel skier to perform in fluid motion, utilizing balance, grace and power.  However these skills are not easily learned and sometimes counter-intuitive to the veteran alpine skier or snowboarder.