Department of Telemark Hyperbole

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We’ve heard it’s spiritual. We’ve heard it has more soul than anything. We’ve heard about the long running telemark “boom” and numerous “meccas” of the sport. Now telemark skiing is being compared to some sort of drug. “It’s so graceful, so powerful. And I get on to such a high it’s my drug. My drug of choice. Telemark skiing,” says a ski instructor in a recent a article from Alaska. Interesting to compare a sport to what I assume is recreational drug use, which frequently leads to some degree of unhappiness or worse. Or perhaps the skier was comparing telemark skiing to Tylenol. If so, mea culpa. Or mea gulpa? Or, in the case of Alaska, mea smoka?

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