As a metalhead and outdoorsman telemark appealed to me because it's managed to retain a cult quality and encourages you to explore beyond the ski lifts. I got these on advice from Peter from Mountain Travelers, the sweetest Tele place in southern VT. Despite the hideous graphics, which look like a rejected snowboard design from 1995, I went for it; skied them about a week in the Catskills and VT and they've done beautifully. Just fat enough to be smooth in powder (the little bit that I could squeeze out of trees and slackcountry) but narrow enough to turn easily and totally firm on chopped-up crud. Maybe the best thing about these for our typical hellish conditions is that they hold like ice tools on hardpack. And as an intermediate skier, the sidecut and rise are just turny enough to make me look good. In conclusion, if you tele on the east coast I can't imagine a better ski.
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