How to Protect Your Knees While Telemarking

How to Protect Your Knees While Telemarking
Knees are a very fragile and vulnerable part of the body and the nature of a telemark ski turn makes them even more vulnerable. The top of a ski, a hidden rock or a tree stump can easily knick one of your kneecaps when telemark skiing, but wearing knee pads can add a generous amount of protection.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Knee pads
  • Knee pads
Step 1
Acquire a pair of knee pads that are specifically for telemark skiing if you can. Other, general types are better than nothing but telemark knee pads are designed to stay on your knees better while making your turns in the mountains. If a knee pad is made by the same company that produces telemark specific skis, bindings and boots, such as Black Diamond, then you can bet they will work better than the pads you used to learn to roller skate with.
Step 2
Make sure your knee pads are not too loose but not so tight that they impinge movement or pinch. The pads should have a strap that fastens above the kneecap and one below on the uppermost part of the shin.
Step 3
Wear the knee pads underneath your ski pants or r your outermost pant layer. This is probably the most important piece of advice. If you wear them over your outer layer, as you drop a knee when turning the knee pad can act as a scoop. You can end up with a knee pad packed with snow, which won't feel very good unless you have an injury to ice.
Step 4
Wear the knee pads over a base layer such as long underwear but underneath the outer layer. It can become uncomfortable to have the straps of the knee pad right on your skin.
Step 5
Wrap the pads with some athletic tape or vet wrap if you have trouble with them slipping down.

Tips & Warnings

Knee pads won't protect you from everything. They will certainly help protect your kneecaps but do not rely on knee pads to protect you in any kind of torsional twisting, break or dislocation during a fall.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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