noun, often capitalized
tel·​e·​mark | \ ˈte-lə-ˌmärk How to pronounce telemark (audio) \

Definition of telemark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a turn in skiing in which the outside ski is advanced considerably ahead of the other ski and then turned inward at a steadily widening angle until the turn is completed


geographical name
Tel·​e·​mark | \ ˈte-lə-ˌmärk How to pronounce Telemark (audio) \

Definition of Telemark (Entry 2 of 2)

mountain region in southwestern Norway

Examples of telemark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lodge in the 1970s hosted a raucous telemark-skiing scene where patrons could pay $10 to sleep on the floor and get lessons. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Oct. 2020 While alpine skiers’ heels are firmly clipped into place, telemark turns are made by lifting the heel and bending the knee. R. Scott Rappold, The Know, 19 Dec. 2019 The telemark skier Every few decades since at least the 1860s, a generation of downhill skiers revives the ancient art of tele-skiing. R. Scott Rappold, The Know, 19 Dec. 2019 But ski mountaineering isn’t only for telemark skiers. John Meyer, The Denver Post, 23 Mar. 2017 Thus the AT set-up makes ski mountaineering possible for downhill skiers who never mastered the telemark turn. John Meyer, The Denver Post, 23 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of telemark


1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telemark


Norwegian, from Telemark, region in Norway

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“Telemark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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