Welcome to the new TSO website

TSO Keith

It’s October and we’ve seen a few flakes in Toronto and a few more in the North and the East.

If you are getting ready for ski season and can’t wait to free heel again, please stay tuned for events for this year.

If you are interested in the youth programme, we will have details up soon as well.

For the most up to date information – check out the TSO facebook pages:


Welcome to the 2014-2015 Season
information pills 2015.
An important notice below;

“Be it resolved the Telemark ski Ontario cancel the Eastern Canadian Telemark Cup
for the year 2015. The Secretary is authorized to advise all the necessary
parties of the cancellation due to the lack of advance participation. Further, generic the
Secretary will advise all parties that this is a one year hiatus and that TSO will
try to hold the event in 2016.”

January 15th, generic 2015.
Keith Woods at the helm, again.
Further to our email of January 4th, 2015, please note that the events outside of Ontario mentioned in that email (and possibly future emails) are NOT Telemark Ski Ontario events, are not sanctioned nor endorsed by TSO. We are simply providing information to telemark skiers who may not use the TSO Facebook User Group Page where many of these gatherings get organized by members. If you are interested in meeting up with other Telemark skiers, we encourage you to use the TSO facebook user group page.
your TSO Directors
Free The Heel, Ski For Real!

This year TSO is changing its focus somewhat, to try to develop our future by offering its Youth Initiative to a couple of ski clubs. TSO identified a generous benefactor who invested monetarily, which allowed us to purchase equipment from three Ski industry partners; G3, Volkl, and Scarpa. KUU wax has also chosen to partner with us so that we can maintain our fleet of 15+ pairs of skis and 20+ pairs of boots.
With news of Telemark being put forward for
inclusion in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, as well as the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, TSO is very anxious to get this program operating, so we can begin developing future Olympic hopefuls. We will continue to hold races, although limited in number this year, so we may build our base of youth free-heelers. We are planning to hold races on February 1st, 2015 and the Eastern Canadian Telemark Cup on the weekend of Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2015 at Calabogie Peaks Resort. More information will be posted, stay tuned!

The 2014-2015 membership forms are online
You can download it, fill it out, and e-transfer the $20.00 membership fee to Telemarkskiontario@yahoo.ca. Alternatively you could scan the completed membership form and email it to us. The fee is $15.00 for Juniors.

Our address to forward your membership to, is:
Telemark Ski Ontario
c/o Keith Woods
12 Chalk Court
Port Hope, ON
L1A 4G4

TSO Membership Form

If you wish to watch World Cup Telemark Ski racing, Saturday January 20th, check the link below.


Calabogie Peaks Resort has put together a very nice accomodation package that includes hotel stay, continental breakfast, and lift tickets. For more details contact Calabogie Peaks Resort at 1-800-669-4861.

We are moving into online registration. The first thing we have done is posted our annual membership registration online and we are set up for E-banking. Click on the link for the form print it off, fill it in then you decide whether to mail the fee along with the form or you can email the $20.00 fee toTelemarkskiontario@yahoo.ca. In the near future we will have event registration online also.
Membership form

Mansfield GS Telemark race participants, sure stylin’ in the new Druxy’s Bibs!


Photo courtesy of S. Goldhar

Don’t forget to Checkout and patronize TSO’s official photographer Brian Backland’s website. There are always really awesome shots of all the racing action.

Skier: M. Pruski
Photo credit Brian Backland



As the saying goes, “we’re off to the races”. TSO’s main event starts February 9th at Mansfield Ski Club. Our first race will be a Giant Slalom. There will be a clinic in the morning followed by the race in the afternoon.
TSO is also having a team category again this year, this proved to be a very positive feature at our events during last year, and it gives us more time on course. Teams are made up of two men and either a woman or a junior. Get your team together and come up with a funky name.
Cost for each event is $85.00, inclusive of lift ticket, and $55.00 for private club members using an exchange ticket. The early bird rate is $245.00 for the series and $215.00 for private club members. A $20.00 memberships is required. Fees for entering a team is $15.00 per member of the team for the series.HELMETS ARE MANDATORY
Registration at all events is 8:00 AM- 9:30 AM at the respective resorts.

TSO Race Series
February 9, 2013
Giant Slalom Race
Mansfield Ski Club

February 17, 2013
Sprint Classic
Caledon Ski Club

March 9, 2013
Telemark Ski Ontario Series Championships
Giant Slalom Race
Beaver Valley Ski Club

February 23 & 24, 2013
Eastern Canadian Cup
The Eastern Canadian Telemark Cup is being hosted by Calabogie Peaks Resort and Telemark Ski Ontario, February 23rd and 24th. The weekend unfolds on Saturday morning with clinics on skating technique, jumping, and skiing around gates. Saturday afternoon is free skiing as well as an Apres Ski in the Black Donald pub featuring live R&B music. Sunday morning brings the weeken…d’s highlight, the modified Sprint Classic Race, followed by more free skiing. Later Sunday afternoon is the finale with the awards. There are categories for youth, adult, and master racers, for both competitive and novice skiers.
This weekend is primarily intended to foster free-heel camaraderie. Many free-heelers ski in relative isolation and this event is TSO’s first attempt to bring you together in one spot for a rockin’, fun, free-heelin’ time. Cost for each day is $70.00 (inclusive of lift ticket) or $130.00 for the weekend (inclusive of lift ticket)
Calabogie Peaks Resort has put together an accommodation package that includes lodging at the resort as well as breakfast. Contact the resort directly at 1-800-669-4861. You must mention that you are there as part of the Eastern Canadian Telemark Cup group.
This event has been in the planning stages for a few years and we are very pleased to see it come to fruition. TSO, Telemark Quebec, and Calabogie Peaks Resort hope to see you there.

Calabogie Peaks Resort.

Ski Camp
December 15-16, 2012
Mount St. Louis Moonstone

Our new friend Sebastiano adapting to his new ski style. You are looking more like us, now!

Last Saturday and Sunday TSO hosted the Annual Ski Camp that was attended by 15 participants. Coach Mark put the rain braving soles through a variety of exercises to improve our ski technique, and at times challenged some of us quite a bit with what he asked us to do. Once we finished working on ski technique we wer then challenged by utilizing these skills to run a short course of brushes. Many of the participants saw their overall ski technique improve over the span of the one or two days. Brian Backland was in attendance on Saturday to video the participants so we could see what Mark was trying to get across to us throughout the day. The video also allowed us to see the progress of each of the participants.
A very big thank-you goes out to Jim morris, director of MSLM ski school, as well as the entire Huter family for working so hard to get as much terrain open as they were able to.
Enjoy any time you may have off over the holidays with family, friends, and hopefully you’ll be able to ski.

Join Telemark Ski Ontario as they host the first Eastern Canadian Telemark Cup at Calabogie Peaks Resort. Skiers from across Ontario, Quebec, and Upstate New York will converge on Calabogie Peaks Resort for a weekend of Free-Heel skiing fun and activities, which will be highlighted by Telemark Giant Slalom race on Sunday morning.
Festivities begin on Saturday morning with free-heel ski skills clinics followed by gate training, all under the coaching of Telemark Quebec’s Stephane Perrault. Saturday afternoon will focus on Free-Heel free-skiing and highlighting what can be accomplished by Free-Heel skiers. Apres Ski is in Black Donald’s Pub where there will be live music and telemark films on the screens.
After a well deserved sleep, Sunday’s highlight is the Telemark Giant Slalom race featuring a jump (or a detour gate for those less inclined racers). Sunday afternoon will again focus on free-skiing and awards starting at 3:00 PM.
Plan to join us for a rocking weekend of friendship building, ski development, and racing. The racing activities are specifically designed to be inclusive of all ages and abilities.



It was with great disappointment that TSO had to advise members last Friday, March 16th, that the race had to be scrubbed due to an unsafe race environment. 16 diehards came out to ski in what some would call, summer conditions, to work with Rob Henderson to share important personal learning points/highlights of the season with each other, it was a wonderful cooperative experience. The day started with a tour of the now infamous mudslide that nearly swallowed four homes in Craigleith at the end of last week. Some members even braved the very granular snow by wearing shorts and short sleeves and had skinned knees and elbows to show. Final race standing awards were presented afterwards. Special Thanks to Stephen Corner “Steve the Potter” for his unique design of the overall winner awards. Thanks also goes to our series sponsors; Mountain Equipment Coop, Rossignol, Ski Telemark, Sojourn, The Weathervane, White Squall. Thank-you also to the resorts for there support; Mount St. Louis Moonstone, Caledon Ski Club, Mansfield Ski Club, and Alpine Ski Club. A very special thank-you is extended to the fabulous volunteers who were gate judges and chief of judges.
In all, it was a great way to closeout a difficult season. Let’s hope some snow can survive the heat so we can get at least another day in.


Don’t forget to come out and support the fastest action on bent knees. TSO is hosting its final race of the season, Saturday, March 17th, at Alpine Ski Club. Registration is 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM, Course inspection at 9:30 AM. This race will decide the overall winners of each classification, including the new team class. Also, don’t forget to wear green as St. Paddy’s Day happens to coincide with our race. See you at the races!

TSO Giant Slalom Race Report from Mansfield Ski Club

TSO members developing ski technique with CANSI and Ski Telemark instructor, and TSO member Robert Henderson.

Telemark Ski Ontario members were blessed with a beautifully cold morning that motivated them to keep moving to stay warm. The morning was spent with Rob, developing a wider stance and quicker turn initiation in a variety of terrain at a variety of speeds.
After lunch, TSO members got to showcase their talents on Devil’s Stairway. Gord Manual and his race crew set a very rythmic course, THANKS! The racers were very impressive with the consistency of runs they put togehter, sometimes less than 1/2 a second difference between runs.
A big thank-you to our host and sponsors, Mansfield Ski Club, Mountain Equipment Coop, Rossignol, Ski Telemark, Sojourn, The Weathervane, White Squall.
Don’t forget to Checkout and patronize TSO’s official photographer Brian Backland’s website. There are always really awesome shots of all the racing action.

TSO Giant Slalom Race Report from Caledon Ski Club

TSO member Jody Miller. Photo courtesy of Brian Backland Photography,
Telemark Ski Ontario’s 1st race of the year was a tremendous success. Racers awoke to a fresh blanket of snow, some members had to travel in near white out conditions. Upon arriving at Caledon Ski Club, racers were welcomed with clear skies and beautiful conditions. Ullr smiled kindly upon us. The race was held on Knight Flight. Many of the racers could be overheard discussing the excitement of adrenaline pumping through the body as they anticipated the starter calmly stating, “skier ready! 3-2-1…”. All racers rose to the challenge of the course.
The afternoon featured a great clinic with Mark “The Coach” Kinoshita. Members spent time practicing starting, jumping and landing in the Telemark position, and finally angulating and holding a carving position. The event filled day ended with individual and team awards, and swag from our generous sponsors.
Telemark Ski Ontario would like to thank all of racers and officials who took the time to come out and support this graceful sport of ours. Telemark Ski Ontario also thanks our gracious sponsors, Mountain Equipment Coop,Rossignol, Ski Telemark, Sojourn, The Weathervane, White Squall, and especially Caledon Ski Club for hosting our first event of the year.
The second event will be held February 11th, 2012 at Mansfield Ski Club, see you there.
Please check the results page for a brief synopsis of the awards. Full results will be posted as a link shortly.
Checkout TSO’s official photographer Brian Backland’s website to view and purchase photos of yourself.

Free The Heel, Ski For Real!

TSO Skills Camp A Success

Checkout Brian Backland’s website to view and purchase some photos of yourself.

Skills Camp was a definite success. There was a good turn out at MSLM, even if the ground was still green/brown in the city. MSLM staff worked wonders and the conditions were great. Thank-you to the Huter Family and Jim Morris of the MSLM ski school for making the camp possible for a second year in a row. I know the camp, led by TSO coach, Mark Kinoshita, was successful by the comments made by the partarticipants. Their legs were sore and wobbly. It was a most excellent way to get into ski shape for the season. Mark definitely kept us on our toes, literally!
TSO wishes you and yours all the best for the upcoming year.
We hope that you are able to attend our second event, a GS race, at Caledon on January 21st, 2012.


Plan to come to TSO Skills Camp this weekend, MSLM will be opening tomorrow, this means camp is a go as well as Ski Telemark’s 27th Annual Warm-up Day.
See you there for all sorts of Free-Heel fun!

Where in the World is UllR?

If you are unaware, Ski Telemark has had to postpone their 27th Annual Warm-up Day at Mount St. Louis Moonstone as there is not much in the way of snow on the ground. It will be held on December 17th.
Telemark Ski Ontario will continue to hold it’s 2nd Annual Skills Camp on December 17th and 18th. This means some of us will have a decision to make on the 17th, which can be seen as a good thing as there will be a lot of free-heel action going on. The TSO Camp features TSO coach, former National Telemark Ski Team member, and CANSI level II instructor, Mark Kinoshita, as well as five time INTER-SKI Canada member and CANSI level III instructor, Rob Henderson. I encourage you to come out and start your ski season off with a great opportunity. Please email TSO at telemarkskiontario@yahoo.com or Ski Telemark atSkitele@eagle.ca to advise us of your intention to join us. The cost for the camp is $90.00 each day or $160 for the weekend.

Welcome Back Fellow Free-Heelers

Are you ready for a new season of activity? Ski Telemark, Sojourn, and Telemark Ski Ontario started the season off with the annual “Free-Heel Gear-up”, night on Novevmber 10th, in Barrie at Sojourn. There were representatives from Black Diamond, Rossignol, Scarpa, and Brian Backland Photography. They brought along boots and skis for participants to try on. This was an extremely busy and informative evening and was a great way to build pre-season anticipation and excitement. Photos to follow shortly.

On Saturday November 12th, MEC hosted their first Snow-Fest. This event was also a great success. David Kilbourn and Keith Woods represented Ski Telemark and Telemark Ski Ontario. They were very busy all day long, promoting our graceful sport. There were many clubs and organizations in attendance to answer questions, or to just meet people and talk about what we all share in common, “Wintery, Outdoor Fun”. If you were not able to attend, don’t despair, you can still visit the Burlington MEC store, Saturday, November 19th. For those of you north of the city, you can visit the Barrie MEC store, November 26th. Times for these events are 9:00 AM until 5:00PM

We encourage everyone to come out and support your favourite activities