Friday, September 30, 2016

The Big Picture. Part 4: Survive or thrive. What's the future of ski resorts?



Survive or Thrive. What's the future of ski resorts?
Like all ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb must adapt to a changing ski and snowboard world if it wants to flourish for another 50 years. What will the future hold for ski resorts? Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb’s president and CEO, offers his perspective.
The Big Picture is a four-part series exploring big questions:

P1: Conflicted Obsessions - Is our thirst for adventure threatening our environment?
P2: Tech Trap - What if kids stopped playing outside?
P3: Pushing the boundaries - Is the pull of the backcountry pushing our limits?
P4: Survive or thrive - What's the future of ski resorts?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Big Picture. Part 3: Pushing the boundaries. Is the pull of the backcountry pushing our limits?



Is the pull of the backcountry pushing our limits?
Backcountry skiing is the fastest growing segment of the snowsport industry, but are people ready to accept their responsibilities when they step beyond the boundary? Ski resorts are at the front lines of backcountry access to winter wilderness and they play a vital role in backcountry safety.

The Big Picture is a four-part series exploring big questions:

P1: Conflicted Obsessions - Is our thirst for adventure threatening our environment?
P2: Tech Trap - What if kids stopped playing outside?
P3: Pushing the boundaries - Is the pull of the backcountry pushing our limits?
P4: Survive or thrive - What's the future of ski resorts?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Big Picture. Part 2: Tech Trap. What if kids stopped playing outside?



What if kids stopped playing outside?
Today’s youth are constantly engaged with electronic devices and technological wonders, some that improve their experience on the mountain and some that hinder it. As the line between nature and technology blurs, how can we make sure that our children (and all of us) get the chance to unplug and get outside?

The Big Picture is a four-part series exploring big questions:

P1: Conflicted Obsessions - Is our thirst for adventure threatening our environment?
P2: Tech Trap - What if kids stopped playing outside?
P3: Pushing the boundaries - Is the pull of the backcountry pushing our limits?
P4: Survive or thrive - What's the future of ski resorts?

The Big Picture. Part 1: Conflicted Obsessions. Is our thirst for adventure threatening our environment?



Is our thirst for adventure threatening our environment?
As global weather systems continue to shift, skiers, snowboarders and ski areas acknowledge their impact on the environment that they are trying to preserve. What steps can we take to ensure the same opportunities are there for the next generation of mountain lovers?

The Big Picture is a four-part series exploring big questions:

P1: Conflicted Obsessions - Is our thirst for adventure threatening our environment?
P2: Tech Trap - What if kids stopped playing outside?
P3: Pushing the boundaries - Is the pull of the backcountry pushing our limits?
P4: Survive or thrive - What's the future of ski resorts?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Today is World Tourism Day!

Ever since its inception, World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. As the official day set aside in the United Nations Calendar the celebration seeks to highlight tourisms potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing some of the most pressing challenges society is faced with today.
On this year’s World Tourism Day help us spread the word of both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility has and can bring to society at large.
Accessible Tourism for all is about the creation of environments that can cater for the needs of all of us, whether we are traveling or staying at home. May that be due to a disability, even temporary, families with small children, or the ageing population, at some point in our lives, sooner or later, we all benefit of universal accessibility in tourism.



The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Whistler Blackcomb Named #1 Ski Area in North America by Readers of SKI Magazine

SKI Magazine's annual "Top 50 Resort Guide," the definitive ranking of North American ski resorts, names Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia as the No. 1 ski resort in its October issue.
Ski Magazine's resort rankings are in, and Whistler Blackcomb has been named North America's #1 Resort for the 2016.17 winter season. This marks the third year in a row, and fourth time in five years as part of Ski Magazine's 29th annual SKI Magazine Reader's Poll.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Red Bull TV: The Birthplace of Extreme. Chamonix, France

The birthplace of all things extreme, Chamonix, France, is one of the world's top spots for skydiving and BASE jumping. The Red Bull Air Force jets over to fly in the Alps, and some pilots stare down their own fears in search of the ultimate rush.

 

Red Bull Media House is a subsidiary media company launched in Austria in 2007. It has produced a website, a TV Channel (Red Bull TV is a digital video service that features inspirational programming from the world of Red Bull in live global events and an extensive selection of sports, music and lifestyle entertainment), TV programs (No Limits on ESPN), over 89 films of varying length (That's It, That's All, The Art of Flight), magazines (The Red Bulletin), and a steady diet of Web videos featuring snowboarders, rally cars, surfers, cliff divers, and concerts.
The Red Bull Media House takes care of all the major parts of Red Bull’s content marketing, including their presence on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.
Red Bull Media House fully integrates social media marketing into every project.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Salomon TV Fall Winter 2016-2017 Teaser



Ten years ago Salomon introduced Salomon Freeski TV, then added Salomon Running TV shortly thereafter. Salomon have delivered episodes that range from trail running in Papa New Guinea to the 2015 award-winning total solar Eclipse freeskiing episode in the arctic circle. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Salomon are bringing the kids together to form one channel — Salomon TV. To create this season’s content, Salomon have sent a crew of Salomon freeski athletes to British Columbia, explored the Italian Alps, went on an expedition with Kilian Jornet in Norway, and took another lucky fan on his Salomon "Dream Trip". And that wasn’t even the big one.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (21): Angel Collinson's Line of the Year

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Angel Collinson needs no introduction; she’s one of the best big mountain skiers in the world.
Her line in the closing seg of Paradise Waits is one of TGR’s all time favorite moments because… just watch it. It's insane.
Angel's line of choice was so techy and rowdy that it won her line of the year—an accomplishment that had yet to be achieved by a female skier.



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Skier Visits Down to 52 Million in France During 2015-16 Winter Season


French ski resorts sold about 52 million ski days during the 2015-16 season, according to Domaines Skiables de France (DSF), which represents 230 French ski resorts, blaming the weather for discouraging visitors.
"The start of the season was very complicated because there was very little snow at low and medium altitudes, then the weather was changeable (...) The larger stations did OK, but the smaller and middle-sized resorts didn’t come out of it so well. The problem was basically the weather, and that’s out of our hands. What we need this year is more snow earlier", Marie Tissier, spokeswoman for DSF said.
"Despite this the numbers dropped only 3% compared with the previous season and only dropped 6% on the average for the last four years. This resilience is thanks to our savoir-faire and investment by the ski resorts, particularly in artificial snow that have made seasonal work in the stations more secure" DSF reported.
Mountain resorts in the Jura were the worst affected, with visitors down 23% in a year, followed by the Vosges (-16%), the Massif Central (-15%). The Savoie (+1%) and the Haute-Savoie (+0.1%) remained stable, but the Pyrenees reported winter sport tourist numbers down by 7%.





Laurent Reynaud, head of the DSF, said: "We remain in first place in Europe". France was closely tailed by Austria with 49.9 million ski days. 2015-2016 winter season is the second season in a row that France’s ski resorts have recorded a drop in attendance.
French ski resorts reported a peak number of visitors in the 2008-09 season with 58.9m ski days.
France has more than 357 resorts – just under 9% of the world’s share – and winter sports account for around 18% of France’s tourist economy, according to the Franco-British chamber of commerce. More than 100,000 jobs are created in resorts during the winter season, including 18,000 in the ski business and 15,000 seasonal posts.
Lack of snow in Alps and Pyrenees sees US resorts overtake France as world’s top skiing destination for first time since 2012.
The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) announced that U.S. ski areas tallied an estimated 53.9 million skier and snowboarder visits during the 2015-16 season. The annual skier visit tally, an important industry metric, was released on May at the NSAA Convention and Tradeshow in Nashville, Tenn.

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (20): The Most Challenging Line Jeremy Jones has Ever Ridden

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Jeremy Jones’ first descent of the Shangri-La Spine Wall—a 2,000-foot line within a day’s walk from Everest base camp—was an incredible accomplishment.
The Deeper, Further, Higher series he and TGR had been working on for the past six years was coming to an end, and this beautiful never-ridden wall was the grand finale.
The combination of steep, big, and high made riding the line the most difficult thing Jeremy had ever done — because of the elevation (21,400 feet) every single turn was a challenge. But Jeremy welcomed the experience, and the segment that came from it is among the most memorable and stunning in TGR films to date.



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (19): The Story Behind TGR's First Fantasy Camp

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

After countless seasons in Alaska, TGR's athletes were longing to see what was beyond the heli-boundary. First descents and fresh spine lines lay just over the next horizon, but how to get to there? The answer... Fantasy Camp, a small town of walled tents set up deep in Alaska bush, the perfect base-camp for any group of skiers and snowboarders.
What followed was a good old-fashioned tee off session, with athletes like Tim Durtschi putting together a segment worthy of Powder Video Award.

 

Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (18): Seth Morrison's Best TGR Segment

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

It's no secret that Seth Morrison's fast and aggressive style has been outrageously influential in the skiing world, and that he's had one of the longest careers in freeskiing history (he started in 1992).
Filming with Seth never gets old, even for industry veteran’s Steve and Todd Jones. He's undeniably iconic, he has consistently pushed the limits for 24 years, and his turns alone are capable of mesmerizing viewers (not to mention the huge airs, backflips, and techy lines).
Morrison had a short appearance it TGR’s first film "The Continuum" but had not worked with them for a long time. In 2008, Morrison reached back out to TGR hoping to film with them again. Todd and Steve were beyond thrilled by the opportunity and his segment in "Under the Influence" proved to be an all-time favorite.

 

Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (17): TGR Athletes Send it Into Corbet's Couloir

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

TGR Athletes Send it Into Corbet's Couloir - TGR's Top 21 Moments (17/21) One bluebird day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a motley crew of athletes took to the famous Corbet’s Couloir to film a segment for TGR’s The Dream Factory.
John Spriggs set the mood right away with a massive backflip, then, the rest of the crew dutifully follow suit—hucking themselves off the huge drop with enthusiasm, finesse, and big fat grins on their faces.
Corbet’s Couloir is one of the most iconic runs at JHMR, it’s a run people often bucket list and hope to tick off before their ski legs say sayonara.


Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (16): McNutt Lands Spot On TGR Roster

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Nick McNutt joined the TGR team full time the year after his standout submission to the Co-Lab contest, where he came within one vote of winning $100,000. His massive switch landings in deep powder and undeniable style got him second place in the contest, and a permanent spot on TGR’s roster.
The next season, he filmed in Revelstoke for Almost Ablaze and his stellar performance in the segment won the Whistler-based skier Rookie of the Year. It was very proud moment for TGR, indeed.

 

Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (15): Griffin Post Hammers the East Face of the Middle Teton

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Griffin’s Teton segment in TGR’s Way of Life is effing mind-blowing. There is just no other way to describe it. (Except for maybe aggressive, calculated, and fast.)
The East Face of the Middle is such a big, high-consequence ski mountaineering line and Griffin skied the thing like it was at the resort. He hammered it without stopping from top to bottom, over 1000 feet of full throttle ripping. Even Zahan Billimoria, who’d been guiding big lines in the Tetons for 10 years at the time, had never seen anything like it.
Griffin would follow this line by the same style of descent on Mount Moran, and Apocolypse Couloir, eventually making him known for his remarkable Teton skiing.


Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (14): Sage's Early Years, Going Off on Utash’s Pryamid Gap

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

It was the early 2000’s and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa was just a kid, working as a dishwasher in Utah, and all he wanted to do was ski.
Close range helicopter tracking shots were pretty cutting edge in skiing and snowboarding at the time, and TGR was testing them out at the Pyramid Gap in Utah’s backcountry. Local boys, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and the Collins brothers were there and were excited about the filming concept and on hitting the 90 foot gap.
Sage absolutely crushed. That’s when Todd, Steve, and the rest of the world really learned how bad ass Sage was.
At that point it was apparent that Sage was going to throw down the dishtowel and become who he is today.

 

Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (13): Jeremy Jones and Johan O in Haines

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

TGR's AK scene was originally based in Valdez, but after five years, the boys were hungry for a new zone. Todd and Steve were hitchhiking through Alaska trying to get on a commercial fishing boat when they spotted this zone in Haines.
They didn't come back to in until eight years later, but they brought their best line-up, two of the best AK big mountain boarders at the time, Jeremy Jones, and Johan Olofsson.
Anytime when the stars align in AK is a good day for athletes and filmers. This particular day was especially memorable for Todd and Steve.
Jeremy and Johan went totally ballistic, and were putting down first descent after first descent—all with perfect conditions, light, and heli time to spare.



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (12): Candide Thovex Throws Massive 120-Foot D-Spin 720

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Chad’s Gap, a 120-foot void between two mine dumps in the backcountry of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, was named after Chad Zurinskas. Zurinskas was a local skier who first recognized the gap’s potential as a ski jump of extraordinary proportions.
It’s pretty well known that the gap doesn’t give anything easy, and anyone who can just land it has definitely earned it. What makes Candide Thovex’s attempts that much more alluring is that he didn’t want to just hit the thing simply; he wanted to do something extraordinary.
Candide slammed the wall, hiked back up, slammed again, and hiked back up again… four times.
His commitment to the kicker paid off and on day two, he landed a massive D-Spin 720, a trick that was considered one of the most technical of the times.



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Big Picture. A Documentary Series About Skiing's Future

On September 27, via Whistler Blackcomb, TELUS and Switchback Entertainment, comes The Big Picture, a four-part documentary series that will tackle topics about the future of the ski industry.
Whistler Blackcomb takes a big picture look at the future of skiing and snowboarding in a four-part documentary series exploring climate change, backcountry access, the state of the industry, and the risks of losing kids to technology.
The goal: to start a dialogue that'll help us gain perspective on what lies ahead for skiing and snowboarding.
Alluding to shocking stats like, "75 percent of children in the UK spend less time outdoors than prison inmates", and, "The number of ski areas in the U.S. has dropped almost 20 percent in the last two decades", we’re all being asked to mull over climate change, backcountry access, the state of the industry, and the risks of losing kids to technology.



Presented by: Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS
Produced by: Switchback Entertainment, Whistler Blackcomb, and Origin Design and Communications

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (11):Daron Rahlves Skis Away From Terrifying Crash in Alaska

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

The crown jewel of the Petersburg, Alaska, area is Devils Thumb. With a history filled with tragedy and failed expeditions, the mountain inspires reverence. The classic lines (both climbing and skiing) are among the most atheistic in the world.
Former US Ski Team member Daron Rahlves scoped out a seemingly “fall-you-die” kind of line on the shoulder of the mountain. Immediately after dropping in, his technical skill was clear — he skied aggressively with confidence. He would have nailed the line but he ended up clipping an unseen rock under the snow and tomahawked down the craggy face.
He survived one of the gnarliest crashes Steve Jones has ever seen, and was up skiing on the next run, attesting his sheer athleticism and aptitude, mentally and physically.



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (10): Jeremy Jones and Travis Rice Throw Down Pivotal Segment In TGR History

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

TGR’s “Deeper” marked Jeremy Jones’ transition to human powered riding, and this segment with freestyle legend Travis Rice was standout. Jones was eager to break down boundaries and go where even helicopters couldn’t go. So the two iconic shredders went off the grid, 60 miles outside of Haines for five weeks.
This new path opened up a whole new world for Jeremy — he had more terrain to explore and his passion for the sport and riding skyrocketed. And as for TGR, this trip set the course for the “Deeper,” “Further,” “Higher” trilogy.



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (9): One of the Most Magical Lines of Erik Roner's Life

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Todd Jones would always send Erik Roner photos of cliffs from around the world. There was this one particular cliff in Haines that was preceded by a tight, exposed 800-foot couloir that Todd knew was perfect for Roner.
When Todd showed Roner the footage of the cliff, it was on. But not for a while, Roner sat on the footage for a few years. Surely, he dreamt about it, and labored over it in his head, until the time was finally right—and he wasn't even nervous.
He skied mighty no-fall jump turns down the couloir and took the leap. "It was one of the best days of our lives," Todd said. "For a couple hours on that one day, we pulled off the impossible."
This footage is among some of the most cherished Todd and Steve have. Roner died in a skydiving accident in September 2015, and it absolutely pummeled the action sports community and those who looked up to him and knew him.
Todd Jones wrote in a piece called, Remembering the Life of Erik Roner, "I'm gonna miss just walking down the road or driving in a car and laughing and smiling with him. Man, that smile. You all know it. His was the biggest smile and the most real one. He really loved the life he lived and never took that for granted. He was always so grateful for everything that came his way. Especially Anika and then Oskar, and the Kasper. Our hearts are gutted. The world is not as cool anymore. Nowhere near as cool."



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (8): That One Time Jamie Pierre Hucked a 255-Foot Cliff

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Jamie Pierre’s cliff obsession could peg him as a madman, but he was a madman with a vision. He saw lines others didn’t.
In one particular instance, he set his eyes on a cliff on the backside of Grand Targhee and studied it for years. Todd would ask why he was up there, and he’d say something along the lines of, "I’m just trying to learn more about it…I’m probing…"
What that was code for: "At the opportune time, I’m gonna huck this thing, whether you’re shooting or not".
That moment came following a massive storm. He called Todd and Steve to let them know it was time. The weather was looking good; nothing was holding him back.
Pierre maintained the upright position until about halfway down the 255-foot cliff. Pretty much everyone knew it was one of those lines you just weren't going to ski out of.
But skiing out wasn't necessarily Pierre's goal. He said, "I just wanted to hold the record for it, even if it was for one day". Ultimately, he needed to get the line out of his system, whatever it took.



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (7): Micah Black Greases Breakneck

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Micah Black’s Breakneck session was another monumental moment for TGR. At the time, the a super technical line in the Jackson Hole backcountry hadn’t been greased fluidly before, and Black was determined.
It took multiple attempts and countless hard falls, but Black's drive paid off. Swerving in and out of trees and off cliffs, he finally nailed it, saying, "Now I’m ready to move on, close the chapter", and, "Oh God, what am I gonna do next?"
His final words: "They wonder why skiers party at the end of the day…It’s because our nerves are shot".



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (6): An Ode to the Hardcore, Underground Jackson Hole Rippers

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Just try Googling Reece Edwards, we dare you. The only thing you'll find about this underground Jackson Hole skier is his legendary opening segment from TGR's early years of filming.
Edwards was a staple and a crowd favorite in the older TGR films, and one of the reasons our founders, Todd and Steve Jones, wanted to start making ski films in the first place. They wanted to feature super bad ass, hardcore guys like Edwards that weren't getting attention from the community. Consider this an ode to all those under-the-radar skiers and boarders that just do it for the love of doing it.

 

Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (5): Watch How Jeremy Nobis Revived Skiing In The 90's

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Jeremy Nobis started out ski racing, but thanks to Todd, Steve, and the open spot on one of their helis in Alaska, he’s now respected as a pioneer of aggressive big mountain skiing.
Nobis, in all his long-haired glory, brushed off the person giving him the lowdown on sluff management, and proceeded to open the throttle, making Super G turns the whole way down the ridiculously steep face.
Todd and Steve were blown away. So was Powder magazine. They took one of his turns from that line and smacked it onto the cover of their February 1998 issue with the caption, “Jeremy Nobis: The next rock star?” It was a cover that changed the world.
Through Nobis and his run with TGR, skiing became cool.

 

Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (4): Why Jackson Hole POW is an Essential part of TGR

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!
Deep in the DNA of TGR is one common truth. A truth that runs through every athlete, employee, co-founder, and fan of Teton Gravity Research. This truth is clear and self-evident, at the end of day Jackson Hole powder days are second to none.
From our earliest years to the upcoming winter, the thought of pow-days both past and present is enough to make all of us pulse with excitement. You can bet when the snow is piled high, the office is closed and we are out at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort making deep turns.



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (3): How Jeremy Jones went from Olympic Hopeful to AK Legend

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

In case you didn't know this already, Jeremy Jones started out as a little racer kid with high hopes for one day making it to the Olympics. When his older brothers, Todd and Steve, bought cameras and started to film, Jeremy was naturally their primary subject.
They convinced Jeremy he needed to go check out Alaska. Jeremy was like 'sure, why not' and proceeded to go, and immediately tick off some of the most classic lines at the time. Classic Jer.
We know if would have happened for him no matter what, but those AK lines were a pivot point in Jeremy's career.

 

Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (2): How TGR & Doug Coombs Created the World's Best AK Seg

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

In the mid-90s Doug Coombs was pushing the boundaries of what was considered possible in Alaska. Fortunately, there were two brothers from Cape Cod on hand to capture these incredible moments. Todd and Steve Jones, along with Mike Hatchet of Standard Films would use heli-time that Doug donated to film these lines.
When TGR's first film "The Continuum" premiered in Teton Village the crowd went crazy when its hometown hero graced the large screen. One of the best Alaska ski segments ever had just been showcased.
After Doug's death in 2006, his wife Emily kept his spirit alive with the Doug Coombs Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to, "provide an opportunity for children to join their peers in activities on and off the ski slopes of Jackson Hole, supporting a healthy and integrated community for all of our children".




Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (1): How Oprah & TGR Got Together in 1996

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

While filming for TGR's first ski movie "The Continuum", Todd and Steve Jones had a problem on their hands. They had a great roster of talent, but little budget to travel and showcase these incredible athletes. That led to the brothers mostly filming local locations for their first flick.
Heading to the backside of Grand Targhee Resort, the day resulted in a huckfest of epic proportions. A near miss led TGR co-founder Todd Jones straight into the eyes of Oprah



Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Vallnord, Andorra: Best Moments From the DHI Race



Downhill (DHI) is a race against the clock in which the rider negotiates a succession of fast and technical passages. The participant must demonstrate courage as well as sharp technical and piloting skills in order to battle tree roots, rocks, banked sections, bumps, jumps and other natural obstacles along the way.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Vallnord, Andorra: Best Moments From the Men's XCO Race



Cross-country Olympic (XCO) format races are held over undulating circuits (with technical descents, forest roads, rocky paths and obstacles) of 4 to 6 km, which riders must complete several times. The Elite racing times, for men and women, vary from 1h 30 minutes to 1h 45 minutes

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Vallnord, Andorra: Best Moments From the Women's XCO Race



Cross-country Olympic (XCO) format races are held over undulating circuits (with technical descents, forest roads, rocky paths and obstacles) of 4 to 6 km, which riders must complete several times. The Elite racing times, for men and women, vary from 1h 30 minutes to 1h 45 minutes

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Vail Resorts Adds Iconic European Ski Resorts in France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria to its Epic Pass


Vail Resorts announced it will add Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isere in France, Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy, 4 Vallees in Switzerland, and Arlberg in Austria to the 2016-2017 lineup of the Epic Pass, which is already the world’s most popular ski pass due to the unlimited, unrestricted skiing access and the versatility to visit 13 iconic resorts in the U.S. and Australia.
Europe is the birthplace of skiing. That tradition, along with its above-tree line terrain, its cutting-edge apres-ski experience, and abundant culture and heritage found in the surrounding mountain towns makes Europe the ultimate dream for any skier or snowboarder. The Epic Pass was the first multi-resort pass to offer European access and now it offers the most expansive experience.
The 2016-2017 Epic Pass offers unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin, Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Perisher in Australia. The Epic Pass allows pass holders to visit resorts as they choose, each with its own personality and distinct experience, combining unique terrain and traditions with Vail Resorts’ renowned service and unmatched resort improvements. The Epic Pass is available at the guaranteed lowest price of $809 for adults at EpicPass.com through Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.
"There is nothing in the ski industry today that can compare to the value of the Epic Pass", said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. "The value of the Epic Pass is giving skiers and snowboarders the flexibility to ski when they want and the choice to ski where they want, and the variety of experiences our resorts offer, whether it’s the iconic slopes of Vail or Park City, or the grandeur and tradition of Europe, which should be on the bucket list of every skier or snowboarder. Whether you ski five days or 100, no pass is tailored to the way skiers and snowboarders actually want to access the best mountains in the world like the Epic Pass".
That access now includes four of Europe’s most iconic destinations. France’s largest ski areas, Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isere, offer a unique playground to skiers and snowboarders from all over the world, accessing five glaciers, 391 ski lifts and over 800 miles of marked runs for all ability levels within a 30-mile radius. The three areas combine high-altitude skiing guaranteeing quality snow from November to May with stunning views of Mont Blanc and a 360-degree panorama of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.
"This partnership with Vail Resorts gives skiers and snowboarders access to some of the most iconic winter destinations the world has to offer", said Vincent Lalanne, General Manager of Association Les 3 Vallees. "We couldn’t be more excited to provide this type of value to our dedicated guests who want to experience the best skiing in Europe and the U.S".
South of the Alps, nestled amongst some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in the world such as the Brenta Dolomites and Adamello (11,666 feet), is some of the best skiing in Italy. Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta is home to 150 lifts and 236 miles of ski slopes that make up acclaimed resorts such as Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo in Val Rendena; Folgarida-Marilleva, Peio and Tonale in Val di Sole; Ponte di Legno, Andalo-Fai della Paganella, Monte Bondone and Folgaria-Lavarone. The winter offering is enriched by the high-quality cuisine and the exclusive “Italian style.”
Verbier, part of the 4 Vallees ski area, is the largest resort in the Swiss Alps, is acknowledged as one of the premier “off piste” resorts in the world, and is home to a number of professional freeride competitions. Above and beyond this reputation, Verbier is well-known internationally for its electrifying, cosmopolitan nightlife, and the resort is proud of its legendary apres-ski and its lively clubs. While skiers and snowboarders from all over the world rave about this off-piste paradise and fun evenings, families also appreciate the resort’s social atmosphere and family-friendly offerings.
For decades, the mountain range between Tyrol and Vorarlberg, which is home to Arlberg, has been a highly sought-after metropolis for international ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Arlberg is widely considered the cradle of modern skiing and in December 2016, thanks to the opening of four new cable cars, it will be Austria’s largest linked ski area. Also the birthplace of champions, athletes from Ski Club Arlberg have garnered an incredible 83 medals at various Olympic Games and World Championships.
"For value, for ease of use, for access to world-class destinations, for constant improvements in the guest experience, and now for being the only pass to offer significant access to Europe, the Epic Pass is in a class by itself", Lynch said.

Vail Resorts is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Vallnord Bike Park la Massana

The the ninth and final event of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will take place from 1 to 4 September in Vallnord Bike Park La Massana, Andorra.
Vallnord Bike Park is located in the Vallnord Pal-Arinsal ski resort, in Pal sector, in the parish of  La Massana accessible from La Massana on the cable car, or by highway CG-4 to Pal and then the CS420 to La Caubella.
Vallnord Bike Park la Massana has a 40-km downhill zone and a total vertical drop of over 1,000 metres. The park is equipped by three mechanical lifts that give users access to the 25 circuits, classified into different levels of difficulty: the telecabine of  La Massana that leaves from the town center at 1,300m and arrives in La Caubella at 1,950m; and two detachable chairlifts, La Serra II and Cubil, this one reaches the highest point of the Bike Park, at 2,350m.
The Park has downhill circuits, a wood park, cross country and four cross, in addition to a children’s wood park (from 6 to 10 years of age) and a bike trial area designed by the rider Xavi Casas, world champion in the speciality. There is a cross country and descent bicycle rental service. It also has a Mountain Bike school run by the local rider Soraya Drici with a professional team of trainers giving beginners and advanced classes to individuals and groups to help them start out in the world of Mountain Bike in the safest possible conditions, giving knowledge and transmitting the necessary skills and aptitudes for downhill.
The site has become a reference in southern Europe due to the great variety of circuits and ascents/descents, as well as the quality of the facilities and the superb natural setting.