Telemark World Cup
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Telemark World Cup the telemark world meets at Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc

In the history of the Telemark World Cup, the Val Montjoie occupies an important place in its evolution, particularly in Saint-Gervais. It was in this commune that France rediscovered this ancestral skiing discipline. The very first French telemark association was based in Saint-Gervais, before being taken over by the International Ski Federation. The commune organized the first international telemark competition and the 2ᵉ telemark world cup in 1988. Saint-Gervais then became a world reference in the sport.

Telemark skiing saw many Saint-Gervolain champions excel in the competitions, Jacques Gnemi, Helen Ingrebetsen, Nicolas and Dominique Coulmy, the first French World Champion was Saint-Gervolaine, Amy Nguyen. More recently Antoine Bouvier and Ludovic Callamard.

Much more than a simple skiing technique, telemark skiing is a harmonious dance between man and mountain, a communion with nature that liberates the soul and lifts the spirit to unsuspected heights.

All you need to know about the discipline and the tests

Telemark competitions are a compendium of alpine and Nordic, downhill and uphill. Indeed, a telemark competition is a giant slalom, a jump, a “loom” (360″ banked turn), and a skating part. All these elements follow on from each other. The telemark position, inner leg bent with less than one boot length between the 2 feet, must be respected at every turn in the giant slalom, just as it is for the jump landing. Penalties in seconds are added to the timed time if the position is incorrect. A one-second penalty per gate can weigh heavily at the finish.

Three disciplines exist in telemark competitions: the classic, the classic sprint and the parallel-sprint. The classic is the most physically demanding of the three: it consists of a single run lasting several minutes. The more explosive classic sprint consists of 2 runs of around 1 minute each. Finally, the parallel sprint is a confrontation of 2 athletes on 2 parallel giant slalom courses, with springboard, before arriving on a loom (banked turn) and a common skating section, where the first to cross the finish line qualifies for the next round. This is the most spectacular event


An ethical and responsible competition

The ethical and environmental commitments of Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc are evident everywhere, and particularly at the many sporting events taking place on the commune’s territory. For the Telemark World Cup, the commitments made will focus on 3 main areas: organization, food, waste reduction and recycling.

Sustainable running

The organization

100% local, from timing to communication, logistics and service providers the organization relies on its local talents and works with partners to promote local know-how.


For refreshments and post-race meals, products are sourced locally and supplied by local service providers.

Waste reduction and recycling

Plastic elements generated by the race are replaced by biodegradable or reusable ones. In collaboration with the SITOM, waste management will be exemplary.

Telemark skiing A discipline like no other!

Telemark skiing is a Nordic skiing technique characterized by bending the knee at each turn, allowing the heel to lift. This traditional approach offers a unique gliding sensation and a more intimate connection with the mountain.

Practiced by passionate winter sports enthusiasts, telemark combines elegance and mastery on snowy descents.

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