When Telemark Skier magazine editor Josh Madsen set out to explore the history of his sport in order to provide some contrast to the terrain-park tricks and extreme backcountry skiing that were the hallmark of his first Freeheel Life film, he was surprised to learn that there wasn't much contrast to be found.
"I went to Morgedal, the city in Norway where it all began, in the 1860s, and found that if you go back to the true roots of telemark skiing, it really was all about jumping and making powder turns in the steeps and really pushing the limit," Madsen says. "The progression of the sport has obviously been insane in the last few years, but the roots of everything we're doing today were there from the very beginning." Even sliding down handrails? "Okay, maybe not everything," Madsen concedes. "But there's always been an attitude around it like anything is possible." Madsen's touring the country with his new film and brings The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies Punx & Misfits to Three 20 South in Breckenridge, 320 South Main Street, tonight at 7 p.m., then to Denver's Wilderness Exchange Unlimited on December 4. Tickets are $8 and include free swag from the film's sponsors, plus entry to an end-of-tour drawing for a complete telemark gear package. For more info, visit www.telemarkskiermagazine.com/tour.
Tue., Nov. 30, 7 p.m., 2010