Ever see those downhill skiers cut across the hill while lifting one heel at a time? As a diehard snowboarder, I never really understood the attraction until speaking to some of the sport’s avid followers and watching the trailer for “The Freeheel Life 2-Hippies Punx & Misfits.” I’ll admit, it made me want to strap a pair of skies on and head to the slopes.

The film explores the history of telemark skiing (as the sport is also known), from its roots in Norway and subsequent re-emergence in the United States in 1970s to its modern manifestations. Shot on location in Norway, Utah, Alaska & California, it’s a journey through the lives of some of the sport’s “Hippies, Punx, & Misfits” that you won’t want to miss. And you don’t have to — you can see it for free this Thursday at 6 at the Sports Basement in SoMa.

What: Film premier of the newest film from freeheel skiing guru Josh Madsen, The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies Punx & Misfits.
Where: Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant at 15th.
When: Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 6:00pm
Cost: Free

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