The late nineteenth century marks the birth of modern skiing which, alongside the traditional method of moving over a snow covered terrain, gradually develops in a competitve sport. Telemark, a southern region of Norway, was the cradle of this new way of skiing, and Sondre Norhein, more than anyone else at that time, was outstanding in the skill of turning. Some people practising this discipline, including Norhein, left Norway, and emigrated overseas taking with them, apart from their culture and language, the long skis and the ability to make them turn. For this reason, the Anglo-Saxon countires in particular, were the first to learn the telemark turn. It came to the alpine countries soon afterwards arousing the intrest of some pioneers, but when the heal became blocked to the skis telemark disappeared. Around 1970 some hippy skiers, from Crestle Buttle in Colorado, tired of consumerist and restrictive skiing, saw in telemark an alternative to which they became totally dedicated. Over the last twenty years technology has greatly developed the equipment for telemark.