What is Telemark Skiing?
Telemark sking combines your Alpine skis (typically used for downhill skiing) with Nordic skis (typically used for cross-country skiing). Essentially, the skis are attached at the toe and allow you to free your heel as you make your turns down the mountain. The technique originated from Norway, but has a long history here at Bromley Mountain.
The Father of Telemark at Bromley
Kåre Andersen was born on October 1, 1916 in Kolbotn, Norway and was educated in the Norwegian public education system before apprenticing as a tailor. He worked first in Oslo, Norway as a Master Tailor/Designer with his sister Martha before travelling to India in 1953, where he worked until 1957 personally designing outfits for maharajahs, ambassadors and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. In 1957 he travelled to Montreal, Canada before emigrating to the United States in 1958, settling in New Haven, CT.
He continued to work as a Master Tailor/Designer first, with Fenn Feinstein Co and then A. M. Rosenberg Co. of New Haven, CT, personally designing suits for the late President John F. Kennedy, Sargent Shriver, members of the Mellon and Ford families and many others before retiring in 1981 and moving with special friends to VartLand in Londonderry, VT to dedicate himself full time to Telemark skiing, singing, baking and golf.
As a boy, Kåre learned cross-country skiing in order to travel 20 km to school and was a regionally recognized ski jumper. In the USA, Kåre was an early proponent of Telemark skiing and was a PSIA Telemark instructor at Bromley Mountain until he was in his mid 90's. In 1985 he started his annual Telemark ski race, currently held at Bromley Mountain in Peru, VT and is one of the oldest Telemark races in the United States. Kåre was famous for his almond cakes which he gave to sponsors of his race. PSIA made Kåre a lifetime member in 2002 and in 2011, the Kåre Andersen Telemark Center at Bromley was named in his honor.
Kåre was known for his strong tenor and was a member of the Swedish singing groups Nordic Harmoni, Apollo Singing and others. His last concert was in early December. During the summer he was a groundskeeper at Tater Hill Golf Club as well as an active golfer well into his nineties.
He died on December 20, 2012 in Brattleboro, VT; the Kåre Andersen Telemark history at Bromley lives on.