GREENWOOD — Telemark skiers and bluegrass fans can kick up their heels on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Mt. Abram Family Resort.
Hosted by New England Telemark, the second annual Maine Telemark Fest is returning to the place where it all began. It will join the White Grass Bluegrass Festival.
The telemark festival will include free demonstrations and clinics, a gear sale and a gate race with prizes, spokesman Jamie Schectman said Tuesday via email.
Admission to the festivals is free with a one-day lift ticket, he said. Participants must register for each festival. Additionally, a driver’s license or some other form of identification is required to try out the gear.
Instructors with New England Telemark, the only Professional Ski Instructors of America telemark school in the nation, will conduct clinics “to hopefully give you a chance to improve your skiing in an enjoyable, free-spirited atmosphere,” according to Mt. Abram’s website.
Clinic times will be at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Special clinics will focus on:
* Alpine skiers coming to telemark.
* Beginner, beginner/intermediate, intermediate, intermediate/advanced and advanced.
* Women’s clinics with women teaching women. Some of NET’s top female instructors will lead clinics both days.
* Masters’ clinics, taught by educational staff for the master skier.
Participants also can join Jeff Eckhouse in a pre-clinic warm-up to dynamically prepare one’s body for telemark skiing.
“You’ll learn the best movements to activate your glutes, quads, hamstrings and torso, as well as stretches to make you feel loose and ready for action,” Schectman said. “Get your fitness questions answered after each pre-clinic warm-up session.”
Warm-ups start 30 minutes before clinics.
A telemark gate race will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., and private lessons will be available at any time during the day depending on instructor availability, Schectman said. The cost is $50 an hour or $140 for half a day.
For more information and a list of events on the Maine Telemark Fest, visit www.netelemark.com/maine_tele_fest.htm.
Schectman said that many of the telemark companies will be represented and participants can try the newest gear for free. If gear is needed for the day, Mt. Abram rents telemark skis and boots.
The fifth annual White Grass Bluegrass Festival will be held in the lodge. It will feature four bands performing from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Loose Boots Lounge.
“It’s destined to be a knee-slapping good time,” said Matty Leach, Mt. Abram’s director of events.
For more information, visit www.mtabram.com or call 875-5000.