If you want to get on the steep part of the telemark learning curve, it is hard to beat the controlled environment of a ski resort. You might feel guilty ascending mountains riding a chairlift (you shouldn’t because you bought a lift ticket), but all that saved thigh-burning energy can instead be utilized for the tele lesson. At a New Mexico or Colorado ski resort, the group will ski runs together, learning as they go. Back-country tours on powdery slopes are lots of fun and another great opportunity to practice telemark turns. Each winter the ski club also has backcountry tours in Colorado’s steeper terrain. Check the website calendar, newsletter and your eGroup emails for dates and announcements or contact the Instruction Chair at Instruction@NMCCSkiClub.org.