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Top German skier training at Silver Star
The German National Telemark Champion has chosen Silver Star as his training ground during final preparations for the Colorado World Cup race. Tobias Mueller arrived at the resort from Germany on February 3rd and is taking advantage of ideal Telemark training conditions at Silver Star this week.
Next week, Mueller competes in the FIS Telemark World Cup from Feb 10 to 14.
Mueller has trained all over the world but this is his first visit to Canada and he has been on the slopes everyday since he arrived.
“I know perfect conditions when I see them,” states Mueller. “Silver Star has certainly lived up to its reputation of consistently providing firm snow and great visibility. It’s one of the best resorts I have ever trained at.”
Silver Star is commonly used as a training ground for high level winter athletes preparing for World Cup or Olympic events. Shane Landreville, the current Canadian Men's National Telemark Champion and good friend of Mueller, began training full-time at Silver Star from the beginning of the year, along with two other members of the Canadian National Team.
The diversity of terrain at Silver Star appeals to skiers of all abilities. Beginners can be challenged on moguls or on fresh powder.
Snow is firm and compact on groomed runs, which is ideal for racers seeking high speed.
Mueller was the German Telemark Champion in 2012 and 2013. He is the five-time Junior World Champion and two-time Silver World Champion.
“It’s such a privilege to host Mueller on my mountain after spending last year living and training with him in Germany,” says Landreville. “He’s a prime example of a young, dedicated athlete that has achieved great success early in his career. We’re lucky to have him visit.”
Silver Star is one of the few Canadian ski resorts that provide a high level of support to Telemark skiers. The resort partnered with the non-profit organization BC Telemark three years ago, to design and introduce a program that caters to telemark skiers of all levels and ages. Nordic Manager at Silver Star, Guy Paulsen, and Director of Snowsports, Norman Kreutz, continue to organize and deliver Telemark programs throughout BC. The most popular is ‘Let’s Tele’, which offers three blocks of teaching sessions with an instructor.
Silver Star Mountain Resort and the Spring Loaded Telemark Festival will host the third annual National Telemark Championships April 4 to 6.
Families will have the opportunity to engage in a series of clinics, demonstrations and events. The race categories of Recreational, Junior and Masters encourage all ages and abilities to get involved in the fun and supportive spirit of Telemark.
“It’s not just the diversity of terrain that I love about skiing here. It’s the sense of comaraderie and community you always find at Silver Star that other resorts can’t match,” says Landreville.
Mueller and Landreville will travel together and compete in the FIS Telemark World Cup in Colorado from February 10-14 in the steamboat discipline which some of the best International Telemark skiers.
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