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Telestock: A Day of Peace, Love and Telemark Skiing

The City Garage Keeps Telemarking Alive

You’ve seen them on the slopes of Holiday Valley and HoliMont, arcing beautiful turns with unattached heels. Thanks to Ellicottville’s The City Garage, telemark skiing has become much more prevalent at our resorts over the last decade, offering a unique blend of style and challenge. 

On Friday, February 28th, Telestock returns to Holiday Valley. It’s a self-proclaimed day of peace, love and telemark skiing — one that spreads the stoke on tele skiing and allows people to try something new. 

“We’ll be on the Champagne Sundeck at 9:00am sharp,” said The City Garage’s head man, Trey Clauss. “If you’ve never done it, or wanted to to try tele skiing, this is a great way to start.” 

Now in its 72nd year, Telestock has become a fan favorite! Last season, The City Garage saw over 100 people — young and old, veteran tele skiers and new — congregate on the Sundeck to celebrate a fun, exciting way to get down the hill. 

“If you’re bored with regular downhill skiing, tele is great because it allows you to try something new,” Clauss said. “It opens up your eyes. It’s the same terrain, but a new challenge. There’s a sense of community with tele skiing as well — you’ll be a part of a special brother (and sister)hood, plus the secret handshake in the liftline.” 

Get to the Sundeck early to get your gear. If you’ve got tele equipment already, show up and join the fun. If you don’t, The City Garage will offer free boot and binding demos (mounted on their vast array of demo skis) for you to try out. They’ll have men’s, women’s and even a limited supply of kid’s stuff. 

“Last year, our youngest tele ripper was 6 years old,” Clauss said. “And the oldest was 86. So from 6-86, we’ve got you covered. Every half hour we do group lessons, taught by self-proclaimed aficionados (and professional instructors as well). It’s a very different way of skiing.” 

The City Garage will have the grills going with meat provided by Dom’s Butcher Block. They encourage you to come and hang and bring a dish to pass if you please, and also encourage you to bring some friends. 

“It’s great Holiday Valley allows us to do our own thing with Telestock, and they’ll be offering discounted lift tickets for anyone coming to participate,” Clauss said. “Everyone has a great time. Last year the sun was shining and it was great. Come and see what all the hype is about.” 

Telestock is presented by The City Garage, Dom’s Butcher Block, Bishop, 22 Designs, Scarpa, Free Heel Life and Flylow clothing. Participation is FREE! Lift ticket/pass required. 

For more information on this year’s Telestock festivities, reach out to The City Garage at 716-699-2054 or better yet, stop by the shop, 5 Monroe Street, downtown Ellicottville. Follow @thecitygarage on Facebook and Instagram to keep tabs on additional details as they are released.