The third Telemark Journal International from across the Atlantic is now available. If it does nothing else it shows that interest in Telemark skiing has become more zealous than ever in spite of, or because of, the backlash of disparagement from AT (Abandoned Tele) skiers who, in the final analysis, just couldn’t Tele with panache. Whether they could or couldn’t, the evidence that Telemark is far from dead is obvious just from the sheer thickness of the latest Telemark Journal from White Planet publishing.
What makes Telemark Journal #3 so thick isn’t so much the number of stories, but Luca Gasperini’s commitment to publish a journal that has more universal appeal. To that end, all of the stories are published in both the author’s native language, English, and Italian, Luca’s native tongue.
This third edition starts off with a note from Luca, then a story about how the Telemark turn bonds us by Adelle Wellman, a Tele Mom who understands how to hold a family of Telekids together. That’s followed by Yvon Chouinard’s name dropping account of how he came to love Telemarking.
I haven’t gone much further, but the main reason you want this issue on your book shelf is the tribute to Mitch Weber and his world famous telemark forum, TelemarkTips.com – edited by Charlie “Casare” Ziskin and “Big Tim” Connolly. It is filled with the memories of many of the more visible characters who were part of the Telemark Tips family and makes one pine for a rewind button on the vector of time we’re all caught up in.
There’s plenty of other good stories in this third edition, but that should be enough to whet your appetite. The only negative is the photos, which is a result of using uncoated paper so the images lack the pop of a glossy magazine, but at least they’re in color.
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