Kate Hourihan: SKIS (telemark)
Age: 26 | Vitals: 5’6” | Years skiing: 23 | Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah
I was born and raised in Massachusetts. My committed weekend warrior parents brought me to Vermont at an early age where I learned to ski at Sugarbush and Mad River Glen. I raced most days after school on a small hill in Massachusetts. I went to college in Maine, where I discovered and fell in love with Telemarking. After a year of honing my skills, I instructed for a Telemark group on weekends through the school’s outing club. After graduating, my first priority was to fulfill my dreams of “ski-bumming” in the west. So, I came to Alta, UT with a pack of friends. After one season, I was hooked.
Four years later, I still ski Alta and Snowbird nearly every day. And I’m still telemarking. Last season I competed in the Crested Butte Telemark Extreme Championships and finished in 4th place. This winter, I took 2nd at the Grand Targhee comp.
I’m an aggressive in-bounds skier, preferring to ride Utah Powder in expert terrain. When the snow stops falling, I tend to head out of bounds. I tour anything from short shots across the street in Little Cottonwood Canyon, to longer more technical mountaineering expeditions, especially in the Spring. But I also have fun ripping groomers in the sun, hitting jumps and cliffs with friends and, on occasion, I like to relive my east coast days in bumps and tight trees. In short, if it’s called skiing, I’m doing it.
Some favorite skis:
2011 Armada JJs, 175cm, 2010 4FRNT VCT turbos, 175cm, 2008 Karhu Team 100s, 172cm
All Content by Kate Hourihan
The Surface Live Free is a backcountry-oriented ski designed by a freeride- and park-oriented ski company. If you spend a good amount of time out of bounds, take a look.
The 2012-2013 Surface One Time is stiff when you need it to be, quick and nimble when you don’t, and it reminded Kate Hourihan not to jump to conclusions.
The Osprey Kode 30 pack has a ton of great features. Even bettter? When skiing, the Kode 30 feels small, simple, and barely there.
Charge hard up, charge hard down. The Axl binding from TwentyTwo Designs is a free-pivot tele binding that doesn’t skimp on downhill performance.
Free your heel, and your mind will follow. At least, that’s what they tell us. Assuming they’re right, then BLISTER’s Telemark 101 piece will help guide you down the path to enlightenment.