Industry News 3/17/2008

Youth Telemark Event, Tele Pow Wow 2008, Joins Hands with New England Telemark Reggae Festival

Youth Telemark Event, Tele Pow Wow 2008, Joins Hands with New England Telemark Reggae Festival

New England Telemark is excited to announce Tele Pow Wow 2008, a landmark event taking place at the Bretton Woods Ski Area on March 22, 2008.  This is a youth telemark event which will take place alongside the popular NET Reggae Party.

This combined telemark festival will feature free clinics taught by some of New England's finest telemark instructors.  In addition to a special lesson just for kids, there will be clinics for all abilities including special 'cross-over' clinics for the alpine skier, clinics for women taught by women, and clinics for experts.

Tele Pow Wow 2008 takes the typical telemark festival to a whole 'nother level with its own special vibe, access to an extensive kids demo fleet, a kids only 'Tele Tribe' posse in the afternoon, and culminating with a special kids raffle of kid-sized telemark skis, boots, bindings, and clothing.

The event will also kick off efforts to recruit interested New England youth for a 'Tele Tribe - New England' program for the 2008-09 season.

"Returning home after ten years out West, I've been extremely fortunate to hook up with New England Telemark this season as they emphasize youth telemark," relates Mike Sharp, Tele Pow Wow organizer and founder of PC Telemark and the first Tele Tribe in Park City, Utah.  "NET has the largest and most modern kids telemark demo fleet around and a proven track record for telemark events.  This is the perfect storm for creation of a Tele Tribe in New England."

The 'grown up' festival will also offer free demo gear from most telemark companies, a costume contest, lots of free beer, a gear raffle for skis and bindings, and a special ski raffle to benefit the cancer organization Jen's Friends.  All topped-off by the legendary Reggae concert.

Sign in for both events will be upstairs in the main lodge and all is free with the purchase of the special lift ticket, which is the exact same price as a regular weekend ticket.  Skiers with season passes or special lift coupons pay $20 which goes towards the raffle.