Category Archive: People

Persons of note

Nov 07 2016

Burning Tele Down

Telemark to the core!

Sung to the refrain of “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads To an outsider it might look like the house of telemark is burning down. Let me correct that. Burnt down. Like the seed of the giant Sequoia tree, it takes the heat of fire to spark the germination process so a new tree …

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Mar 29 2016

RIP: Mitch Weber—Telemark’s Visionary

Post cancer treatments on opening day at Mammoth, Nov. 13, 2015. L-R: Mitch Weber, Big Tim, Scottsman, Corey Connolly

  Last Saturday, March 26th, just two days before his 60th birthday, the man behind the world famous, Mitch Weber, passed away. He leaves behind his wife Laurie, daughter Allison, son Neil, and step-son Jt, plus close friends like Big Tim, Mitch’s “manager” and countless friends and friendships made through the online community he …

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Feb 14 2016

Interview with Mitch Weber – Telemark Tips founder

Mitch Weber rippin' tele's in the Wasatch.

Note: (Updated 28mar16: Since republishing this article Mitch Weber passed away March 26, 2016. Cancer was the culprit.) This interview first ran in Telemark Skier Magazine #8 in 2006, near the peak of the websites popularity. Since then Telemark Tips and the associated forum, Telemark Talk ceased publishing on the world wide web. The forum …

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Sep 16 2015

Bela Vadasz, ASI Founder & Guide, dies

Bela Vadasz  1953-2015

Bela Vadasz, a leader and visionary in America’s ski mountaineering world, has died. He founded Alpine Skills International with his wife, Mimi Maki-Vadasz, in 1979 and from that moment on, dedicated his unrelenting energy to guiding, teaching and promoting the mountaineering life; not just mountaineering, but ski mountaineering in particular. As someone who worked with …

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Jun 02 2015

Review: The God of Skiing

An appropriate mug for The God of Skiing's cover - Fritz Stammberger.

  With a name like The God of Skiing you can’t help but wonder who or what Peter Kray has written about. It’s a heady title to say the least. After reading it I can say he does a stellar job of describing the experiences that are endemic to a skiers life, and some of …

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Apr 06 2015

EJ’s story: Right legs are over rated

EJ's back on his feet.

Note: This story was first published in Couloir magazine XIX-5, Spring 2007. It was the beginning of a new life for EJ that began nine years ago. He is working on writing a book about what has happened since, and the lessons learned. To support him in this effort, go to In the meantime, …

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Oct 10 2014

Profile: Rick Borkovec

Rick Borkovec back when it began, 1976, the Teleopithicus Era.

  Whenever apres ski talk turns to the roots of modern telemark skiing in the U.S., one name is mentioned with particular frequency. Rick Borkovec, a 33-year Colorado skier and ex-Crested Butte ski patroller, has often been called one of the seminal figures in the free-your-heels movement. Like any powder-seeker, Borkovec was looking to get …

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