free tickets to ‘Further’ screening

By Jim Stanford on October 17, 2012

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With the Tetons freshly capped in snow for the first time this autumn, the timing couldn’t be better for Saturday’s screening of Further, the second installment in the backcountry riding trilogy from snowboarder Jeremy Jones and filmmaker Teton Gravity Research.

Picking up where he left off in Deeper, the film finds Jones continuing to push his limits as he ventures into more remote terrain — without the use of lifts or helicopters. “Through research, patience and hard work, the crew was able to live in caves and on glaciers to ride untouched lines without another human in sight,” TGR explains.

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free tickets to TGR premiere

By Jim Stanford on September 16, 2011

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The Teton Gravity Research premiere has become a rite of fall, and although I can’t bear the thought of winter yet, no doubt many of you already are stoked for the coming season of powder shredding.

In that spirit, courtesy of TGR, we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. premiere at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. By now, you know how this works. In the comments below, say you’re in (or any variation thereof), and two winners will be drawn at random at 10 a.m. Saturday. Each will receive two tickets ($24 value). Please submit a valid email address to enter.

There will be two screenings Saturday. The second is at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show only are available at Jackson Treehouse (inside Hotel Terra or beneath the Pink Garter). Tickets for the early show can be purchased online.

Afterward, the party shifts to the Mangy Moose for music by Trouble Andrew. A separate ticket ($25), available online, is required.

All proceeds will benefit the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center and Jackson Hole Ski Club freeride program.


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giving solitude a voice

By Jim Stanford on November 8, 2010

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Winter is back in the Tetons, and it won’t be long before everyone’s fired up to ski the backcountry.

On Tuesday night, Winter Wildlands Alliance feeds the stoke with its signature event, the sixth annual Backcountry Film Festival, at Snow King Resort. The festival promotes the work of grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of backcountry, nonmotorized recreation and environmental preservation. All proceeds will benefit the Teton Pass Ambassador Program (via Friends of Pathways) and the Ski Cabin (via the Jackson Hole Ski Club).

Among the films to be shown are TreeFight‘s “Whitebark Warriors,” chosen as best environmental film, and “Deeper,” the latest from snowboarder Jeremy Jones and Teton Gravity Research, for which no lifts, helicopters and snowmobiles were used. “Deeper” was honored as best of festival.

The festival runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Snake River Brewing will serve beverages, and there will be raffle prizes.


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the warming of Wyoming

By Jim Stanford on February 3, 2010

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TGR goes to Washington: Jeremy Jones shreds Capitol Hill.

Two weeks ago, NASA announced that the past decade was the warmest on record for planet Earth, based on measurements of land and sea temperatures.

While not immune to political pressure, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration isn’t exactly a partisan apparatus, making its findings all the more pointed. From the N.Y. Times:

The agency also found that 2009 was the second warmest year since 1880, when modern temperature measurement began. The warmest year was 2005. The other hottest recorded years have all occurred since 1998, NASA said.

We need only to look at the forests of Wyoming, ravaged by drought in the early part of the decade, for a record of climate change. The vast stands of red, dead pines stand as a testament to warm and dry patterns that weakened the trees and left them more vulnerable to beetle infestation.

Reading the Times story, I was reminded of a conversation I had with Jackson meteorologist Jim Woodmencey last summer, in the midst of all the rain in June and snow in August. Woody and I talked primarily about how cold the summer was (not nearly as cold as 1993, he said), but we touched on a few noteworthy historical trends — and these could be troubling for skiers.

First, in the 50-year period between 1951 and 2000, there was a 7 percent decrease in snowfall in the town of Jackson, from an average of 79 inches to 73 inches per year, Woody said.

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celebrating the human-powered experience

By Jim Stanford on November 19, 2009

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Tonight Winter Wildlands Alliance presents the Backcountry Film Festival at Snow King, a fund-raiser for Friends of Pathways and the Jackson Hole Ski Club.

The festival aims for less bro-bra stoke and more art, as films were selected by Wildlands Alliance board members with an eye on conservation. The lineup celebrates human-powered recreation in the backcountry.

Besides a short from the soulful Sweetgrass Productions and the all-telemark “Flakes” from Powderwhore, also screening is the premiere of Teton Gravity Research‘s “Generations,” a call to action on climate change. From TGR:

Presented by The North Face in partnership with the nonprofit group Protect Our Winters, “Generations” discusses climate change through the perspectives of those for whom snowy winters have a deeper personal significance. Going beyond charts and numbers, “Generations” humanizes the debate on climate change by exploring the delicateness of winter and the intrinsic value of snow to people across generations and cultures. …

The film poignantly captures cultural and personal reactions from those to whom mountains and snow represent an irreplaceable way of life.

While the possible consequences of climate change go well beyond recreation — say, 150 million people displaced, and not just in New York, New Orleans and Venice — props to TGR and the outdoor industry for trying to get the attention of adrenaline junkies.

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