Dan Gilchrist Interview
What do you think of the current tele vibe?
Dan Gilchrist: Shape
skis have brought some attention back to skiing, but the number
of alpine skiers is not increasing. The curent tele vibe is so strong
because telemark equipment is way better then ever, and there are
groups of rippin telemarkers on almost every mountain. Telemarkers
are going as fast as alpiners, skiing the steepest lines, and busting
big airs like never before. There is also a young breed of telemarkers
that will continue to feed life to the telemark vibe.
D: There's no question
that gear evolution has moved many folks onto the piste. This is
a change from the past. Is this a good thing?
DG: The equipment
has made resort skiing more enjoyable. Plastic boots are more comfortable
than alpine boots, and give better edge hold on harder snow than
older tele boots, better cable bindings, and skis that carve, have
all boosted mountain performance. The number of people enjoying
telemark skiing is increasing ever year.
DG: Gear evolution
has boosted off-piste performance in the same ways. Fat, and mid-fat
skis, make skiing deep powder, steeps, and variable backcountry
conditions less trying. This equipment revolution is, no doubt,
a good thing. One thing I could suggest is don't be limited to telemark
specific skis. No matter how hard telemark specific manufactures
try or argue, alpine skis usually offer the latest and greatest
technology. Some telemark specific skis are catching up, but I prefer
alpine skis since the advent of the shaped ski.
D: Where is your
favorite place to ski?
DG: I've had a number
of great days in the Whistler area, and experienced unbelievable
skiing at Jackson Hole, and I even had thigh deep powder in Chamonix
last spring. It's too hard to pick just one area. I think the excitement
of being somewhere new, and hitting it on a good day, is what skiing
is all about.
DG:I have my favorite
places in the Steamboat backcountry. Skiing them on a waist deep
day, and knowing just where each turn will lead you, that's hard
to beat. I am still in search of my favorite area. I'm planning
a ski safari through interior B.C. this winter. I'll let you know
if it's the best ever.
D: Can't wait to
hear the report! Besides travel and adventure, how has skiing been
good to you?
DG: There is no
doubt skiing has had a positive effect on my life. I grew up ski
racing. It instilled a sense of discipline, and a desire to do the
best I could. Skiing has been a big part of my life for the last
25 years. Skiing brought me to Steamboat Springs, it led to my wonderful
wife, and it has driven me to pursue goals and enjoy life whenever
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