Telemark Level Three

This course, consisting of a six-day workshop/exam, is designed for those looking to develop their telemark instructing and progress onto teaching in all-mountain situations. The course covers the demonstration and clinicing of upper-level skills and techniques including the full use of all movements, carved turns and dynamic turns as well as full understanding of situational techniques as well as methods for skiing in difficult conditions. Time is also spent improving the candidates’ personal telemarking.


Length: 6 days

Certification resource: The NZSIA Telemark Manual is required reading for this course.

Pre-requisites: You must be an associate member or full member and have Telemark Level Two or international equivalent.

Assessment Process

Teaching is assessed on day six through a formal teaching presentation to other members of the group. Teaching skills include communication, movement analysis, exercise selection, methodology, variety and effectiveness, demonstration accuracy, group management and feedback technique.

Candidates are progressively assessed throughout the entire course for their personal skiing, demonstrations technical understanding and teaching ability. Personal skiing skills include free skiing on and off piste, and adaptability of technique to suit the terrain and conditions. Skiing demonstrations include intermediate turns with and without pole-plant, step turns, carved and switch turns. Technical understanding is assessed by demonstrating the ability to implement new movements upon being tasked and the ability to discuss and present a variety of technical skiing topics on and off the snow.

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