Christine Jensen – Profile
Home Ski Hill/Resort: Vail & Eldora, Colorado
Birthplace: Northford, Connecticut
Year of Birth: 1962
Education: BA Geology, Colorado College; MA Exercise Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder
USTSA Sponsors: Karbon, Global Rescue, Saucer Wax, Minus33, Telemarkdown, 22 Designs
My Skiing History:
I was raised by avid skiers – my dad trained with the 10th Mountain ski troops at Camp Hale during WW II, and my mom first skied in the early 50’s while studying in Norway. We spent weekends at Mt. Mansfield in Stowe and spring breaks skiing Jackson Hole, Snowmass, & Vail, then added nordic skiing when the Trapp Family Lodge opened the first real cross-country ski center in the US. I headed to Colorado for college where I met my husband Pete; he’s been my ski partner and mogul & telemark ‘coach’ for nearly 40 years. We started tele skiing in the early 1990’s, and after 25+ years of self-taught tele fun, the USTSA National Championships came to my local ski area Eldora in 2019. I’d never ski raced before, unless you count winning the costume category at Warren Miller’s Mad Mountain Marathon back in 1999, when our team telemark skied the course wearing retro 10th Mtn. ski troop garb. I decided to tackle the challenge of mid-life tele racing and had a blast learning new techniques for negotiating gates, the jump, and the crazy fun rap. Just as fun as the skiing challenges were all the playful and encouraging folks of the national telemark ski team community – what a great group to spend time with on the snow!
My Goals and Motivation:
My skiing goals are to improve my strength and jumping technique on the race course, continue mastering tele bump skiing, and have lots of powder days! I hope to spread the love of the sport far & wide, especially to promote and support women telemark skiers at all levels.
What I Love about Telemark Racing and Skiing:
I love the physical and technical challenges of telemark skiing. No matter the run or the snow conditions, there are always interesting ways to build strength, increase endurance, or improve balance & technique. It’s never boring, and has a blissful dancing swing to it when you get everything right! Racing adds a whole new set of skill challenges with the jump, rap, and skating sections added to the graceful tele turns; that makes racing really exciting for both competitors and fans. Despite these challenging elements, though, telemark racing is actually quite approachable for recreational tele skiers, who discover that the highlight of telemark racing is the fantastically supportive community that’s always cheering you on at the finish line and keeping the competition fun.
Interesting Facts About Myself:
My favorite Christmas song: Go ‘Tele’ On The Mountain
The most unusual place I’ve skied: Kazakhstan
My favorite off-season sport: rowing
I guess I’m an antiquarian. In addition to being an older telemark skier, I also own a small antique bookstore, I’m a fan of Shakespeare’s 400 year old plays, I work to keep our historic house & barns from falling apart, and I sing – to mostly older folks – in a Threshold choir.
2019 National Championships at Eldora: 1st place citizens women