Telemarks are a type of ski, which was developed in the Telemark region. These skis are built similar to cross-country skis but are used in downhill skiing. Unlike conventional 'nordic' skis, these skis do not fasten your whole foot to the ski. So as you go down the hill you can go 'tiptoe' while you turn. Although this was how the first skis were, they were neglected for the nordic style and are only now regaining some popularity. It's tricky to learn, but offers advantages in areas such as backcountry terrain that other skis don't offer.