Midwest Telefest

Midwest Telefest Midwest Telefest is the largest gathering of free heeler's in the Midwest! Our annual event takes place at the Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex near Silver City, Michigan every 2nd weekend of February.

Hello friends and welcome to the annual Telefest -- a celebration of good friends, good food and great skiing! TeleFest is sponsored by K2, Black Diamond, Garmont, Cloudveil, Karhu, Rossignol, Osprey, Hammerhead,
Mountain Hardwear, Scarpa, Oakley and Granite Gear. Now in its 23rd season, Telefest has evolved into a tradition and is a hallmark celebration of the telemark turn. During Telefest there

Hello friends and welcome to the annual Telefest -- a celebration of good friends, good food and great skiing! TeleFest is sponsored by K2, Black Diamond, Garmont, Cloudveil, Karhu, Rossignol, Osprey, Hammerhead,
Mountain Hardwear, Scarpa, Oakley and Granite Gear. Now in its 23rd season, Telefest has evolved into a tradition and is a hallmark celebration of the telemark turn. During Telefest there

Operating as usual

Are you excited to compete in telemark races for Midwest Telefest 2022 February 11-13?We will have three different races...
10/13/2021

Are you excited to compete in telemark races for Midwest Telefest 2022 February 11-13?

We will have three different races to choose from or you can do them all!

1. Uphill- Downhill Short Course

— Takes place in front of the lodge
with a short climb followed by a slalom course down showing off your teleturn skills!

2. Smelly Kneepad

— This is a downhill slalom race where you must rock your vintage long and skinny skis with 3 pins and leather boots. Show off your classic skis and old school skills!

3. Quills, Thrills and Spills: Uphill Downhill Challange

— Back by popular request this is a resurgence of the old race to the radio tower and back. Our most challenging event with an epic climb and descent for all the glory!

We hope you are all getting excited for some great teleskiing this winter at Midwest Telefest 2022!

Porcupine Mountain Winter Sports Complex
Voile
22 Designs
Black Diamond
Freeheel Life
Telemark Skier Magazine by Freeheel Life
Telemarkdown.com -Fey Bros

Thanks to all the folks who attended the Midwest Telefest brush clearing event last weekend, great job!Stay tuned for mo...
10/13/2021

Thanks to all the folks who attended the Midwest Telefest brush clearing event last weekend, great job!

Stay tuned for more details about Midwest Telefest 2022 February 11-13 at the Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex!

We plan to have a variety of races, party Friday and Saturday nights, and demos from Midwest Freeheel Life!

Its gonna be a great time,
spread Telemark!

Porcupine Mountain Winter Sports Complex
Voile
22 Designs
Black Diamond
Freeheel Life
Telemark Skier Magazine by Freeheel Life
Telemarkdown.com -Fey Bros

Join us Saturday October 9 at 10am for the fall Porkies Backcountry Brush Cutting.  Meet at Porkies ski lodge at 10am, b...
09/15/2021

Join us Saturday October 9 at 10am for the fall Porkies Backcountry Brush Cutting. Meet at Porkies ski lodge at 10am, bring work clothes, gloves, water, snacks and tools. Some tools provided. Cookout at Porkies lodge Saturday night! Help us clear the backcountry glades for awesome skiing this winter!

See official event post on Midwest Telefest page

Join us Saturday October 9 at 10am for the fall Porkies Backcountry Brush Cutting. Meet at Porkies ski lodge at 10am, bring work clothes, gloves, water, snacks and tools. Some tools provided. Cookout at Porkies lodge Saturday night! Help us clear the backcountry glades for awesome skiing this winter!

See official event post on Midwest Telefest page

Want to help clear some brush in the backcountry glades at the Porcupine Mountain Winter Sports Complex this weekend? Jo...
06/23/2021

Want to help clear some brush in the backcountry glades at the Porcupine Mountain Winter Sports Complex this weekend? Join the crew at the ski hill Saturday June 26 and meet at the lodge at 10 am. Help make the backcountry awesome for skiing this winter 🎿 😎🤟

Want to help clear some brush in the backcountry glades at the Porcupine Mountain Winter Sports Complex this weekend? Join the crew at the ski hill Saturday June 26 and meet at the lodge at 10 am. Help make the backcountry awesome for skiing this winter 🎿 😎🤟

Midwest Telefest 2021 Covid Edition was a success!Thanks to all who helped organize the event and all the Teleskiers who...
02/16/2021

Midwest Telefest 2021 Covid Edition was a success!

Thanks to all who helped organize the event and all the Teleskiers who braved the cold weather for some fresh snow!

Join us for Midwest Telefest 32
February 11-13, 2022 at
Porcupine Mountain Winter Sports Complex!

Porcupine Mountain Winter Sports Complex
Freeheel Life
Telemarkdown.com -Fey Bros
22 Designs
Black Diamond
Voile
Telemark Skier Magazine by Freeheel Life

02/09/2021

Telefest update

Due to covid-19 we have decided to cancel all of our races and outdoor events. However we can still ski, Mother Nature has provided us with much need fresh snow this last week. Freeheel Life and Telemark Down will be on hand with their demos.

The State Park and GCC staff are enforcing masks. Warnings will be giving and then pass will be pulled. Masks are required in the lodge, lift lines, and demo area. Please be respectful and social distance.

Lets stay safe and have some fun outdoors.

Since we won't be having our pot luck dinner Saturday, the Porkies kitchen will offer dinner to purchase Saturday evening after skiing for a social distancing fire outside Saturday night.

Midwest Telefest is coming up in a few weeks, see all the details of the event belowMidwest Telefest will be held Februa...
01/26/2021
Ski The Porkies! Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Midwest Telefest is coming up in a few weeks, see all the details of the event below

Midwest Telefest will be held
February 12-14, 2021
at the Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex near Silver City, MI
www.porkies.ski

Don’t forget to book your hotel or cabin before they’re all gone!

With the Covid Pandemic still in effect we have made a few modifications to our typical events schedule.

While the Porkies lodge will still be open to warm up and to use the bathrooms, our goal is to encourage folks to socially distance outdoors this year as much as possible. We also strongly encourage face coverings, and frequent hand washing/sanitation

Lets all be safe and have fun!

—Schedule—

Friday February 12
- Ski the hill and backcountry
- No official Friday night party

Saturday February 13
- Ski the hill and backcountry
- 11 AM uphill downhill race
- 2 PM social distanced group photo (6ft apart) top of lift
- 4pm Smelly Kneepad slalom race, bring your long and skinny skis
- No potluck dinner, dinner and drinks on your own this year
- Social distanced outdoor party with a few large fire pits in front of lodge with music

Sunday February 14
- Ski the hill and backcountry
- 10 AM cross country and backcountry tours

We are very excited to announce that the two best Telemark Ski shops in the US will be representing this year with demos!

Freeheel Life
Josh Madsen
From Salt Lake City, UT
Josh has had the shop for 6 years
and operating
Telemark Skier Magazine by Freeheel Life for 11 years
www.freeheellife.com
www.telemarkskier.com

Telemarkdown
By the Fey Brothers
From New Boston, NH and
Putnam, CT
Fey Brothers have been in business for 24 years
www.telemarkdown.com

—Other sponsors include—

22 Designs
www.twentytwodesigns.com

Black Diamond
www.blackdiamondequipment.com

Voile
www.voile.com

Bishop
www.bishopshreds.com

We have finished our Dynamic/Load testing and have passed our State inspection. We are open Friday – Monday 9:00am-5:00pm EST Season pass holders and reciprocal pass holders please pick up your lift ticket inside! Please remember masks and social distancing are required in lift line and indoors. N...

Here is your official Midwest Telefest 2021 event update!Midwest Telefest will be held February 12-14, 2021 at the Porcu...
12/09/2020

Here is your official Midwest Telefest 2021 event update!

Midwest Telefest will be held
February 12-14, 2021
at the Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex near Silver City, MI
www.porkies.ski

Don’t forget to book your hotel or cabin before they’re all gone!

With the Covid Pandemic still in effect we have made a few modifications to our typical events schedule.

While the Porkies lodge will still be open to warm up and to use the bathrooms, our goal is to encourage folks to socially distance outdoors this year as much as possible. We also strongly encourage face coverings, and frequent hand washing/sanitation

Lets all be safe and have fun!

—Schedule—

Friday February 12
- Ski the hill and backcountry
- No official Friday night party

Saturday February 13
- Ski the hill and backcountry
- 11 AM uphill downhill race
- 2 PM social distanced group photo (6ft apart) top of lift
- 4pm Smelly Kneepad slalom race, bring your long and skinny skis
- No potluck dinner, dinner and drinks on your own this year
- Social distanced outdoor party with a few large fire pits in front of lodge with music

Sunday February 14
- Ski the hill and backcountry
- 10 AM cross country and backcountry tours

We are very excited to announce that the two best Telemark Ski shops in the US will be representing this year with demos!

Freeheel Life
Josh Madsen
From Salt Lake City, UT
Josh has had the shop for 6 years
and operating
Telemark Skier Magazine by Freeheel Life for 11 years
www.freeheellife.com
www.telemarkskier.com

Telemarkdown
By the Fey Brothers
From New Boston, NH and
Putnam, CT
Fey Brothers have been in business for 24 years
www.telemarkdown.com

—Other sponsors include—

22 Designs
www.twentytwodesigns.com

Black Diamond
www.blackdiamondequipment.com

Voile
www.voile.com

Bishop
www.bishopshreds.com

Midwest Telefest 2021 is still scheduled for February 12-14 at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area near Silver City, MI!We ...
11/19/2020

Midwest Telefest 2021 is still scheduled for February 12-14 at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area near Silver City, MI!

We hope all of you are getting excited for the upcoming ski season!

Stay tuned for more details

Check out www.porkies.ski for more info about Porkies Ski Hill

The Porkies October Brush Clearing event this Saturday October 10 from  10am to 5pm EST is still on!  If you wanna help ...
10/08/2020

The Porkies October Brush Clearing event this
Saturday October 10 from 10am to 5pm EST is still on!

If you wanna help clear the Midwest Telefest Glade at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area for your backcountry skiing enjoyment, then come join us!

Reach out to Kieth at

[email protected]

If you want more info on this event.

Keith and the gang at the Porkies are organizing this one, the weather looks nice, fall colors are prime, and many teleskiers are gonna be there! Hope you can make it!

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped clear backcountry ski glades at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area last weekend!  ...
08/17/2020

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped clear backcountry ski glades at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area last weekend! We had a great crew of workers!

Thanks to Bill and Tammy at the Porkies for helping to coordinate this event providing tools, transportation, food and drinks!

We finished a large portion of the glade between Superior View and Hemlock ski runs that we will call the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

We are planning another weekend brush clearing event for the weekend of October 11 and 12. Keep following us for details!

Pinheads Unite ⛷🤟

Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is about 2 days  away at the Porcupine Mountains...
08/13/2020

Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!

Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is about 2 days away at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and we need your help!

Saturday August 15 10am - 5pm

Bring good boots, work clothes and gloves, water and food/snacks. If you are skilled with a chainsaw or brush cutter and want to bring your equipment and tools, please do. Otherwise we will need plenty of folks to just help us move large downed trees after we cut them into smaller pieces.

Camping is free by Porkies Ski Lodge both Friday and Saturday nights.
bathrooms will be available for use and to get water.

Saturday night starting at 6pm we will have a dinner party at lodge. Bill the ski hill manager is donating burgers and brats to our crew! Bring your own side dish and drinks.

There is also a new mountain bike trail down the ski hill, so brink bikes if you wanna try it!

Lets be safe and social distance while working and hanging out, masks are recommended when working and visiting closer together.

See official event for this on the Midwest Telefest FB page and respond if your going so we can know about how many folks to expect.

We will be working on one glade between runs on west side of hill that will be officially the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

Thanks folks!

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Porkies

Porcupine Mountains Ski Area

Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is less than 2 weeks  away at the Porcupine Moun...
08/05/2020

Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!

Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is less than 2 weeks away at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and we need your help.

Saturday August 15 10am - 5pm

Bring good boots, work clothes and gloves, water and food/snacks. If you are skilled with a chainsaw or brush cutter and want to bring your equipment and tools, please do. Otherwise we will need plenty of folks to just help us move large downed trees after we cut them into smaller pieces.

Camping is free by Porkies Ski Lodge both Friday and Saturday nights.
bathrooms will be available for use and to get water.

Saturday night starting at 6pm we will have a dinner party at lodge. Bill the ski hill manager is donating burgers and brats to our crew! Bring your own side dish and drinks.

There is also a new mountain bike trail down the ski hill, so brink bikes if you wanna try it!

Lets be safe and social distance while working and hanging out, masks are recommended when working and visiting closer together.

See official event for this on the Midwest Telefest FB page and respond if your going so we can know about how many folks to expect.

We will be working on one glade between runs on west side of hill that will be officially the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

Thanks folks!

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Porkies

Porcupine Mountains Ski Area

Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is about one month away at the Porcupine Mountai...
07/20/2020

Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!

Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is about one month away at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and we need your help.

Saturday August 15 10am - 5pm

Bring good boots, work clothes and gloves, water and food/snacks. If you are skilled with a chainsaw or brush cutter and want to bring your equipment and tools, please do. Otherwise we will need plenty of folks to just help us move large downed trees after we cut them into smaller pieces.

Camping is free by Porkies Ski Lodge, bathrooms will be available for use and to get water. Saturday night starting at 6pm we will have a dinner party at lodge, bring your own food and drinks. Grill should be available to use if you want to grill out.

Lets be safe and social distance while working and hanging out, masks are recommended when working and visiting closer together.

See official event for this on the Midwest Telefest FB page and respond if your going so we can know about how many folks to expect.

We will be working on one glade between runs on west side of hill that will be officially the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

Thanks folks!

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Porkies

Porcupine Mountains Ski Area

Ironwood Michigan newspaper wrote a great article about World Telemark Day 2020 at Whitecap last weekend!
03/14/2020
Telemark skiing celebrated at Whitecap

Ironwood Michigan newspaper wrote a great article about World Telemark Day 2020 at Whitecap last weekend!

By TOM LAVENTURE [email protected] UPSON, Wis. — It was a celebration of the “FreeHeelers” and the “tele-turn” this weekend as skiers from around the region attended World Telemark Day at Whitecap Mountain Resort. Keith Opperman, the designated “Midwest Telemark Ambassador”...

03/12/2020

World Telemark Day 2020 at Whitecap Mountain in Wisconsin was an amazing experience last Saturday and Sunday! Heres a video I put together of our event.

Do you love skiing the trees and wooded backcountry at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area for Midwest Telefest?We are plan...
02/29/2020

Do you love skiing the trees and wooded backcountry at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area for Midwest Telefest?

We are planning a summer weekend to get volunteers to help clear a gladed area between the ski runs at the Porkies that will be labeled Midwest Telefest....
That’s right, our own sponsored backcountry area!

When: August 22/23 weekend

What: help us clear downed trees and small saplings for better backcountry skiing.

We will provide some chainsaws, brush cutters, hand tools and safety equipment.

You don’t have to be skilled with chainsaws or tools. We also need strong folks to help move wood debris.

We will have free camping and an informal party Saturday night with a cookout and beverages!

Let us know if you can make it, put it on your schedule and look for official event invite soon!

02/20/2020
The Journey to the 2020 Midwest Tele Fest

Check out this awesome video that Josh Madsen from Freeheel Life and Telemark Skier Magazine made about his journey to our 30th annual Midwest Telefest a few weeks back.

Josh Madsen takes you on the road from Salt Lake City, UT to Silver City, MI to experience the 30th annual Midwest Tele Fest. The Fest was held at the Porcup...

Some of this years custom awards for Midwest Telefest 2020!Thanks to John , Amanda and Luke for helping contribute to th...
02/10/2020

Some of this years custom awards for Midwest Telefest 2020!

Thanks to John , Amanda and Luke for helping contribute to the awards this year!

Now that’s commitment to Midwest Telefest!Thanks To Josh Madsen from Freeheel Life and Telemark Skier Magazine for joini...
02/10/2020

Now that’s commitment to Midwest Telefest!

Thanks To Josh Madsen from Freeheel Life and Telemark Skier Magazine for joining us this year!

02/10/2020
Uphill-Downhill Race 2020

If you don't have what it takes to race UP a ski hill, then just watch those that do. It's a long standing fun event that only a teleskier can do. #skitheporkies @30th Midwest Telefest 2020.

02/10/2020
Trail Genius

Find and tag yourself in the group shot! Thanks to all those that helped make 30th Midwest Telefest 2020 a huge success. And a bigger thanks to our sponsors: Telemarkdown.com -Fey Bros, Freeheel Life, Black Diamond, Telemark Skier Magazine, 22 Designs, Trail Genius Porcupine Mountain Winter Sports Complex #skitheporkies

The 30th Midwest Telefest 2020 event just happened, and we were there to capture all the fun. It was a huge turn out and perfect weather once again. It's one of the last few events of its kind and its growing. Pinheads unite! Free your heal and your mind will follow. Porcupine Mountain Winter Sports Complex Telemarkdown.com -Fey Bros Freeheel Life Black Diamond Telemark Skier Magazine #skitheporkies

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the30th Annual Midwest Telefest this weekend!It was an absolutely amazing great time...
02/10/2020

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the
30th Annual Midwest Telefest this weekend!

It was an absolutely amazing great time and so sweet to see all the old and new friends!

Keep following us as we post some pictures and videos from this years events!

Midwest Telefest 2021 will be February 12-14
Mark your calander and book your cabins and hotels

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Brushing photos. Awesome fall weekend in the Porkies. Dreaming of big pow this winter.
I may be looking for a shop to mount 22 design tele bindings. I have the bindings and ski's. I live outside of Chicago. Any help is appreciated.
“Hey Midwest Telefesters! I am Amos, J.T.’s oldest son. I got pretty sick this week so now I can’t come to Telefest. My mom is gonna stay home and take care of me too. So I sent Dad, Nonni, and my little brother Walt, up there today to meet up with Grandpa and the Wilmot fellas without me and Mom. I was really sad this morning that I couldn’t come, but my little brother Walt will do his best to have all the fun for both of us. He is only two years old, but he tries hard. As for the House band Saturday night, sorry I can’t make it. I sent my kazoo with Walt, but he is the quiet and shy brother of us two so you all will have to get him warmed up/sugared up enough to sit in to play some songs. Sorry I can’t make it. Getting sick sucks. Pinheads Unite!” -Amos Robinson #spreadtelemark
Keep an eye out for a returning champion, the graceful Linda Jung!
Tele-herd waiting for free swag at the porkie fest! Baahhhh!
We be coming! Any expenses other than lift tickets and lodging?
hi folks! i'm planning on heading up to the fest and am trying to figure out my lodging situation. If anybody has extra room in their room that they wouldn't mind sharing, please let me know. I will cover a portion of the cost, of course. Otherwise, do you think i could get away with just passing out in my car outside of the ski areas or will i get hassled? Thanks for any info, and see you in a couple weeks!
"I'm dreaming of a white telefest just like the ones I used to know where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear tele skiers in the snow." Thanks Bing Crosby!!