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Josh Madsen

Josh Madsen


Ski

Date Of Birth: 10-13-78

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Current Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Favorite Zone: Wasatch Range - Utah

Proudest Achievement: Being a part of a global telemark community.

Favorite Advocacy Org: POW


Biography

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I picked up telemark skiing in 1993 after reading a book called Cross Country Downhill by Steve Barnett. Since then I haven’t turned any other way on snow. My life is focused on traveling around the world learning about where the telemark turn came from, why it’s important, and how I can share it with others. I’ve spent the last two decades as a sponsored telemark athlete, outdoor model, consultant, videographer and magazine editor. All of my projects focus on on the telemark turn specifically. Telemark is a tradition and a craft. I want to be someone who protects those traditions and helps them move forward for future generations through advocacy and of course inspiring others to get out and do it themselves. There is nothing like a drop knee turn on a deep day. If you know — you know.


Q & A

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  1. How did you get involved with your respective sport?: I read a book when I was 14 years old about telemark skiing. That influenced me to try it out. By the time I got out of high school I began having opportunities to do it as more of a job, and the rest is history. Who were your influences early in life? Jesse Michaels, Ferris Bueller, & the movie RAD.
  2. What draws you to the outdoors? : The quiet
  3. What do you like about SCARPA as a brand? : Scarpa has always been my choice of telemark boots because of the attention to detail and an understanding of the turn and how the foot works on slope.
  4. Why do you like/trust SCARPA products ?: Family-owned. Proven over time.
  5. What gets you out of bed on big days?: Just the idea that there is something to be achieved.
  6. What is your best excuse for skipping training?: n/a
  7. Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Red wine
  8. If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: “Healthy body, sick mind” - Operation Ivy
  9. What’s the last movie that made you cry? : No idea
  10. What’s your dream trip or expedition? : Telemark skiing in Iran
  11. What makes a good skiing/climbing/running/hiking partner? : Trusting the other’s ability to make sound decisions
  12. Two truths and a lie: 1. I’m an Eagle Scout 2. I speak Portuguese fluently 3. I secretly want to be an alpine skier

Favorite Scarpa Products

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