The Black Bosses Telemark Weekend

2009 Boss des Bosses Photo: UpstairsChamonix

Boss des Bosses 17 March

Oh yeah, it’s that time of year again. The sun’s out, the snow’s softening up and the silly outfits are slowly but surely making their way from the back of the closet to the slopes. Must be time for the Boss des Bosses.

2010 is the 21st anniversary of Chamonix’s most important inter-resort, fancy dress, mogul rivalry and with last year’s crowd breaking all previous records, the 2010 edition should not be missed.

Teams of men and women skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers from Chamonix, Verbier, Meribel and Courchevel will be oiling up the knees and waxing up their shortest, skinniest skis in their attempt to unseat 2009 champion Zermatt. Local DJs will be banging out tunes and there’s always more than a few truly fantastic outfits on parade to keep everyone entertained.

The contest starts Wednesday, 17 March around that time and will finish when it’s over so don’t be late.

The Black Weekend 17-21 March

There’s not a whole lot you can say about The Black Weekend other than it’s pretty much everything you’d expect and more from the world’s coolest ski brand – skiing, partying, debauchery, repeat.

Check BlackWeekend.com for a schedule of the weekend’s many festivities.

Otavalo Telemark Festival 19-21 March

Thankfully we’ll have a day to work off the hangover from the Boss des Bosses before the good crew at Otavalo kick off their Telemark Festival on the 19th and running through to the 21st. The event will be held at the top of LeTour’s Charamillon lift and will feature a free ski test with over 70 pairs of skis and boots to demo from K2, Zag and Movement as well as handmade skis by Rabbit on the Roof and Chamonix-based Homeski by Brotherwood.

For those who’ve been thinking their legs are just simply too strong for a girly sport like alpine skiing, or for anyone in need of brushing up on their drop knee technique, there will be instructors on hand giving free instruction.

And finally, there will also be a free telecross race held throughout the event and there’s rumors of some kind of fiesta going down at the refuge one night followed, no doubt, by a boozy midnight Chinese downhill.

Last but not least, those whose thighs have not yet burst into flames will leave Sunday morning with a wool-clad herd of other pinheads and ski via the Haute Route to the Telemark Festival Zermatt which will start on the 26th and ends when people can no longer walk.

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