21/2/15 Valdezcaray Legend Telemark, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Looking through photos has brought back some great moments from last season. It may be sunny and good autumnal weather, but right now I’d love to be skiing some curves.

I love telemark races and see them as a way to improve and develop rather than an end in itself. Head-to-head parallel races when two skiers go against each other are popular in telemark but I prefer classic racing against the clock. This discipline is creative involving not just a slalom course but also a skating section, a jump and a 360-degree bowl.

For youngsters it’s an adventure. They have to learn to master all the parts of the race and I believe it really helps improve not just their telemark skills but also reflect on their personal character development.