12-Year-Old Telemark Skier Bennett Drummond

For this Adventure of the Week we catch up with Bennett Drummond, a 12-year-old Truckee resident and Tahoe Mountain Sports–sponsored athlete. Bennett took our our ContourGPS helmet camera to capture footage at the second stop on the Mountain Hardwear Big Mountain Telemark Series. And… he stomped it! After his second win of the series, Bennett took some time from his busy skiing schedule for this interview:

WHO: Bennett Drummond

WHAT: Alpine Meadows Big Mountain Telemark Championships

WHERE: Alpine Meadows, CA

WHEN: February 24-27, 2011

GEAR: 22Designs Hammerhead bindings, K2 skis, ContourGPS

TMS: Was this your first real ski competition?

BENNETT: No. This would be my third… last month at Grand Targhee in Alta, WY was my first tele comp. It was the first stop on the TGP Mountain Hardwear Big Mountain Tour (1st place). My very first comp was at Alpine Meadows in early February at the Tahoe Junior Big Mountain Comp… it was an alpine event and I was on teles (9th place out of 58).

How did it feel to win?

It was great to win at my home mtn :-)

What was your favorite line of the comp?

My favorite was x-mas tree chute. 200ft long and narrow, came out at 43 mph!!

What was the best line you saw someone else do during the comp?

I thought Connor Davis had a nice 1st run on Keyhole .. perfectly smooth tele turns and sweet airs.

I hear you’ve been skiing since you were 19 months old and this is your 3rd season on teles, why do you like telemark skiing so much?

I think its more graceful and more like skiing. Harder, more challenging. Also easy to get around.

Do you have any goals for the rest of the season?

Not really. I have already competed in the comps I really wanted to do well in .. maybe go to Crested Butte for the tele championships and also do a fun park edit.

[Blogger’s note: Bennett obtained some minor, but painful injuries (bruised bone, nasty forearm abrasion/contusion, fractured thumb) while freeskiing after competing in the Tahoe Junior Big Mountain Comp at Sugar Bowl this past weekend. Send healing thoughts his way!]

Do you have any advice for youth who want to get into telemarking/competing?

Only do it if you feel comfortable doing it, don’t be pushed to do it

I hear you ski on K2 Bad Apples and 22Designs Hammerhead bindings… What about this current setup do you like?

My skis are awesome in powder and the bindings give me more stability, especially skiing big mtn & in the park.

The Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week blog series takes a walk (or hike, ski, surf, climb, bike, ContourGPS helmet cam ski line) in someone else’s shoes, from pro athletes to local Tahoe adventurers. Let us know if you’ve got an adventure to share.



I'm Tahoe Mountain Sports' web editor and a 6-year Tahoe resident. Yep, I live the life, with a lake view from my desk, lunch breaks on the beach with my dog, and morning powder runs when the snow's good. I ski, snowboard, skate ski, and cross-country ski in winter, and hike, mountain bike, backpack, and lay around on Tahoe's beaches in summer.


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