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This is Telemark – A film Review

Adam X Sauerwein January 17, 2024 1

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When it comes to telemark ski movies, “This is Telemark”  stands out as a groundbreaking ode to both the roots of the sport and its exciting future. This cinematic masterpiece seamlessly blends progressive styling with a nostalgic nod to the past, all set to an awe-inspiring soundtrack that elevates the entire experience.

The film opens with a vintage montage of old photos on Kodak Transparency film, immediately setting the stage for us to realize how far we have come. What sets “This is Telemark” apart is its commitment to pushing the boundaries of telemark skiing. From the very first shots, comparing old school to the new school. The athletes showcase progressive techniques that redefine what’s possible on telemark gear. The film captures the evolution of telemark skiing, with technical tricks that leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

What truly makes “This is Telemark” a standout is, its ability to pay homage to the sport’s history while keeping a keen eye on the future. Throughout the film, there are subtle references to iconic moments in telemark skiing, acknowledging the pioneers who paved the way for the current generation. Yet, never dwells solely on the past. Instead, it uses these references as stepping stones to catapult the sport into exciting new territory.

The soundtrack of the film deserves a standing ovation of its own. Carefully curated to match the intensity and energy of this film, the music becomes an integral part of the experience. From heart-pounding beats during high-speed sends to melodic tunes accompanying backyard sessions, the soundtrack complements the visuals and adds a layer of emotion to the entire journey.

“This is Telemark” is not just about the athleticism; it’s a cinematic experience that entertains on multiple levels. The film is divided into segments, each telling a unique story and showcasing the diverse talents of the athletes. Whether it’s navigating treacherous terrain, riding urban, backyard sessions, park sessions or seamlessly gliding through powder, every segment is a spectacle in itself.

In essence, “This “is Telemark”  is a love letter to Telemark skiing — a celebration of its rich history and an exhilarating glimpse into its future. For those seeking a telemark movie that goes beyond the ordinary, blending progressive skiing with a mesmerizing soundtrack. This film is an absolute must-watch. It’s a testament to the ever-evolving spirit of telemark skiing and a promise that the best is yet to come for this (dumb) sport.

CONS:  It’s a Telemark film


This is Telemark is currently on tour and hopefully landing in your hometown.  If you’d like to host a showing contact

The film will be available for digital download/stream or rent later this month. You can preorder here

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Adam X Sauerwein

AdamX is a writer, podcast host, dedicated coffee- lover, and seasoned adventurer who has a passion for living life to the fullest. With a love of skiing and cycling, he has traveled across the globe to discover new adventures and soak up all the world has to offer. He shares his experiences and the lessons learned along the way. Truly embracing the “Whatever, Whenever” mentality, guests range from Wrestlers to Skiers and everything in between. When not on an expedition into far-flung corners of the planet, AdamX works as a lifestyle and wedding photographer.

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