Telemark skiing originated in the Norwegian region of Telemark, where in the days before ski lifts, the free heel enabled skiers to climb back up the mountain. In recent years telemark skiing has been reinvented as a new form of downhill skiing.

Telemark skiing is both graceful and beautiful to watch; the free heel allows the knee to bend further into the turn which creates a unique ‘lunge’ position. During a telemark ski race the competitor must keep the perfect lunge with a foots length gap between the front and back leg between turns.

It was the fluidity and grace of the discipline that first inspired Jaz to telemark, and today she plays a key role in the campaign to make telemark skiing a Winter Olympic sport.

Photo credits to Guillaume Borga