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Karbon US Telemark National Championships – Crotched Mountain, NH
March 11 - March 14
The Karbon US Telemark National Championships will be returning to the East this year with three days of racing at Crotched Mountain, NH. This three day event plus a training day on Wednesday is open to all levels and ages of Telemark skiers. We have a race category for men and women Citizens, Juniors and Experts. Join us for one day or all four. All racers who wish to compete at the Expert level and test themselves against the best US racers must have a USTSA Competitive Membership. We plan to schedule this as a FIS points race for those expert competitors holding a FIS license.
This event is the highlight of the season, so put it on your calendar now! If you only attend one event this season, Nationals is always a great time with fellow Tele skiers.
Speedsuits are not necessary, but helmets are required.
Wednesday, March 11 – Hill Prep Work and Training Day
Hill work (b-net, rap, and jump) and gate training open to all
Thursday March 12 – Classic (2)
The Classic is the longest event and will be held at the Nationals. The Classic consists of one run with a course drop between 230 to 500 vertical meters. The course includes a jump, Rap, and long skate section or multiple shorter sections. Imagine lunging around 70 gates at 80 km/h (50 mi/h), flying 30 meters through the air, and then having to skate ski for a combined time of up to 3 minutes, sometimes up hill, to finish the race! Welcome to the Classic – Classics truly test the endurance of the athlete!
We plan to run two Classic races, one run each on this day.
Friday March 13 – Sprint Classic
The Sprint Classic is shorter than the Classic, but has all the features including gates, a jump, Rap and a skate section It consists of two runs with the times and penalties totaled together to determine the winner.
The Annual General Meeting will be held Friday afternoon and a Banquet in the evening.
Saturday March 14 – Parallel Sprint Qualifiers and Parallel Sprint Race
The Parallel Sprint is the most exciting to watch of all of the telemark racing events. Two Sprint-length courses are set, and racers compete side by side in a tournament-style elimination bracket. Racers fly off the same jump and are funneled in the same Rap before having to skate it out on the flats. Penalties are totaled live on the hill, and racers are required to skate further if they have gate or jump penalties. Bring on course carnage and head-to-head competition!
A banquet and an annual membership meeting will be held during the event. Time and location to be announced.
If you are traveling with parents, siblings, or friends who are not racing, please encourage them to sign up as volunteers. Having volunteers makes it possible to have a safe and fair race.
Thank you to our Sponsor, Karbon Sports!