Aug 23, 2021
Steve Leeder is one of the OGs of Telemark freeride in North America. He’s originally from Ontario, Canada where he grew up skiing areas like Calabogie Peaks, Mount Pakenham, and White Face (NY). He was introduced to Telemark through his ski shop job in high school and decided to try it after his friend encouraged him to mount up some Tele skis.
He eventually moved to British Columbia to pursue more outdoor adventures around skiing and climbing. That’s where he ended up helping a friend open up and run a ski shop near Sun Peaks near Kamloops, BC. Over his time there he continued to Telemark as often as he could and started gaining some attention locally for his skills on the hill.
From the late 90s into the early 2000s he began competing in Freeride competitions, both Telemark and Alpine. He also appeared in several Telemark ski movies including Unparalleled Productions and Toughguy productions throughout those years.
He currently lives in New South Wales, Australia where he skis his local resort Perisher as well as all of the nearby backcountry zones. You’ll also find him working at Wilderness Sports, one of the long lasting shops in that area that has always been a stalwart supporter of Telemark skiing in Australia.
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