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Telemark skiing mountain safety workshop, Valdezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

This workshop was all about getting Torocuervo Telemark club’s youngsters – who are now reaching a good level of skiing – to start understanding the importance of mountain safety. Many of them are realising that there’s another world of off-piste skiing, but that you always have to treat the mountains with respect. We invited mountain guide Eukeni Soto to give …

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The 2015 La Rioja telemark games in Valdezcaray, Spain

Although the weather wasn’t exactly smiling on us when we met for this year’s Telemark competition in Valdezcaray, we still managed to have a laugh or two! Congratulations to all the youngsters who took part, particularly Juan who achieved the fastest time and Marta who was nipping at his heels. James & Nicky (!)

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

2nd Valdezcaray Legend Telemark Skiing Festival, Valdezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Valdezcaray Legend returned for the second year last weekend to Valdezcaray. Its moniker “legend” originates from the good vibe the world cup racers experienced when they visited our village a few years back. The truth is that there couldn’t be a better atmosphere than that found among the two clubs that organise the Legend event: Lurk & Torocuervo. After enjoying …

24 & 25 Enero 2015, Torocuervo, Lurk & Esz en Gourette, France. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Torocuervo Telemark skiing trip to Gourette, Pyrenees, France

Something we skiers like is to discover new pistes and different mountains, and that of couse made it very difficult for us to resist an invitation to take part in last weekend’s Gourette Telemark 2015 in the French Pyrenean resort. One of Torocuervo’s main aims is to promote the practice of telemark skiing, which is why we organise Valdezcaray Legend …

Club de Torocuervo Telemark en Astún, Huesca, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Torocuervo telemark skiing trip to Astún, Pyrenees, Spain

It’s not been the greatest of starts to the ski season in the Spanish Pyrenees. There’s enough snow to open the resorts… but only just. Ski instructors and hoteliers alike are anxious for more. However, a small group from Torocuervo ventured to Astún, Huesca, last weekend and found the mountains looking stunning in the sunshine. And even though the options …

Torocuervo telemark in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Torocuervo’s 2014-15 season gets underway in Valdezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

The 2014-15 Torocuervo season started this weekend in Valdezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. So here we are on Friday night in basecamp salivating like Pavlov’s dogs as we fix kit, wax skis and try on bigger boots – some of us have bigger feet this year!! The good news is there is snow in Valdezcaray. The bad news is that it’s …