Urmas says this drill is "probably
the single best exercise that will help you develop a good telemark
Urmas feels strongly that "one of
the greatest benefits of the mono-telemark turn is to teach the
student how to release the edges while the outside ski (from
the previous turn) is still leading."
Urmas continues, "While racers and
many, but not all, carving skiers are quick to change the lead
at the top of the turn, good all mountain skiers start the lead
change at the moment, (or just after) the edge release begins.
The feet pass each other near the fall line, and the full lead
change occurs over the course of the entire turn. Pracitcing
the monomark teaches the ability to vary the lead change rate
and timing, and frees the skier from the habitual premature lead
Urmas also feels the mono-telemark teaches
the skier to turn the skis with the legs, rather than with hip
rotation generated by the lead change. "While the body may
follow the skis a bit in longer turns, and stay facing the fall
line in short turns, Hip rotation should not be used as a turning
power. Unnecessary upper body movement just slows your entry
into the new turn, and can throw your balance off. The mono-tele
helps with all of this."