If there were one sure harbinger of winter in the Tetons, it surely would be the Teton Gravity Research premiere. As if on cue as the sun set, thousands of people began to assemble around the Jackson Hole tram dock for the outdoor premiere of TGR’s latest, Anomaly, and it started to snow.
But wait…that is so cliché I just can’t let another year of TGR premiere stories start off this way. So yes, a foot of snow sat on the other end of the tram dock, the one at 10,500 feet, but this story is in the riding and of course, the raging after party.
This year TGR took on more snowboarding, which turned out to be a very good thing. By giving snowboarders more chances to film with a company that has been shooting 16mm film in the big mountains for 11 years, yielded some exciting footage. Newcomers Zach Leach and Mark Carter hop on and pop off pillows in Northern Japan. Brian Iguchi tares through Morocco pond skimming, surfing and yes, even in Africa, riding powder.
Austria’s Eric Themel traveled half the world to tackle big mountain lines by boat with some of the men who know them best, skiers Jeremy Nobis and Seth Morrison. The boat has a heli onboard so each day a new zone can be found and conquered. Jackson local, Rob Kingwill, showed off his deep knowledge of the Teton’s pulling off clean powder lines and solid airs in his backyard, backcountry. Kingwill’s part pressed right up to his sweetie, skier Lynsey Dyer’s, awwww.
Last but certainly not least is Jeremy Jones and Victoria Jealouse, the veterans. They found a whole new zone in AK, full of hair-raising lines. With variable conditions in the Haines area this spring, the crew waited out weeks and when the mountains were ready, they attacked laying down stunning video parts in just 2 days of filming. Jones destroys a 2000ft + line where avalanches seem to crack at each turn, but he swears, “they were just 3 inches of dust on top of the crust, because the snow was dry smoke, it looks bad, but I was always fine. Victoria’s smooth, confident style shines through to the sounds of Stiffed, a female fronted, uber hip, rock quartet.
And while it isn’t snowboarding, make sure not to go to the bar during the 245-foot cliff drop by Jamie Pierre, Ian McIntosh’s debut or Chris Collins’ triple back flip.
The night was more than just a premiere it was a raging party stacked with live bands, DJs and tons of prize giveaways. It started with former Jackson locals, Biomecca, performing a hip hop set outside, then carried on well into the night at the Mangy Moose. There was the obligatory bro-ing and brah-ing, hype for the coming season and music by Swollen Members who will be touring with the Anomaly premieres around the country this fall. Around day break people woke up at whatever condo or hotel suite party they had ended up in and hit the brisk morning ready to plan this season’s adventures.