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MAS Telemark Ski School
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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 Freeheel Festival.

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MAS Intructors are PSIA certified

Telemark Ski School Programs:

Additional Telemark Skiing Info:

telemark ski schoolTelemark Workshops

Challenge yourself and learn the art of telemark skiing with MAS professionally trained instructorse. These 2-hour workshops are designed for beginning and intermediate telemark skiers and utilize the chairlifts at Bear Valley Mountain Resort to mazimize your time learning "the tele turn". Small class size enables personalized attention and plenty of skiing.

"I'm an expert alpine skier and totally enjoyed my telemark class with MAS. I thought I knew everything about skiing but now I'm humbled and challenged by telemark sking. I can't wait to drop my knee again" Thomas T. - March, 2013

advanced telemark class
Prices: $95
$135 w/discounted lift ticket
Length*: 2 hours (9:45 - 11:45 AM)
Meet: Bear Valley Mountain Ski School Meeting Area

December 27, 2014
January 18, 2015
February 15, 2015
March 14,2015

Register:telemark ONLINE REGISTRATION or call - (209) 753-6556

* - if only one person registers then a 1-hour private will be offered


private telemark lesson Private Telemark Lessons

Private telemark lessons provide the personalized attention 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. Available daily with advanced reservations.

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

private telemark ski lesson
Prices: $95 - 1 hour
$135 w/discounted lift ticket
$75 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.