Telefest draws 70-plus competitors

Brown, Allen win titles in Mount Cain's annual telemark ski competition

Gazette staff

More than 70 skiers went old-school Saturday to take advantage of ideal conditions for Mount Cain Ski Area’s annual Telefest telemark ski racing competition.

Telemark skiing is an old form of the sport, something of a cross between cross-country skiing and modern alpine skiing, in which the skier’s heel lifts from the long, narrow downhill skis.

Adherents of the form typically seek out fresh powder, and found it in abundance on Mount Cain as fresh overnight snowfall gave way to clear, sunny skies.

The men’s winner was David Brown, who descended the slope in 40.22 seconds. Brian Chow was second in 43.22, narrowly edging third-place finisher Chris McGourlick’s 43.27.

Sandy Allen led the women with a 48.07 clocking. Ali Romano was second in 51.65 and Dunne Kelly third in 52.12.

The next event on the Mount Cain competition schedule is the annual KidFest and kids’ races on Mar. 19. For more info, visit www.mountcain.com.