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  • The Real Deal Co-Lab: Corey Fe The Real Deal Co-Lab: Corey Felton

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      Corey Felton wasn't the made-for-the-internet kind of skier who was programmed for a competition like TGR's inagural Co-Lab. Lacking any prowess or much interest in promoting himself on social media outside of working 14-hour days running his own tree care company in Jackson Hole, Felton simply put his edit up and didn't encourage his own chances. But his penchant for high speed, steep lines, and massive stomped airs won him the wild card entry into the final Co-Lab movie

      You shot most of your edit, along with Elyse Saugsted, up in the snowmobile terrain in and around Whistler and Pemberton. How did you decide what to ski up there? 

      I knew this guy Jon Johnston, who had lived in Colorado for years before moving up here permanently for the skiing and used to shoot all the good film lines.  Now he’s not looking for film lines, he’s looking for like the one run, big, you know six, seven thousand vertical, lots of exposure. Straight north, never sees any light, just straight down in there doing their ski mountaineering. They're pretty crazy, like they sled with full-on harnesses, all their ropes and stuff like that. They're taking cramp-ons out; they just leave the sleds and go.

      Basically he kind of knew. He was like, "What do you like ski?" And I was like the same stuff as Ian [Macintosh]: big, fast, and straight. And he’d pull out his mental catalogue, and it was really nice for him to be like, "This gets morning light, this gets afternoon light." So you were able to move from area to area over the course of the day and make the best use of your time.  They were really cool about it; they’re weren’t acting like these protective locals. They were like, "Here's the deal. You live 2000 miles away, you're going to ski this once a year. I don't give a shit."

      What’s the sled skiing program like?

      It is more of an expense, and you're looking at forty or fifty bucks a day in fuel no matter what. And then it's like a boat. They just break all the time; it's always something. So it's like a happy medium between skiing a resort all the day or getting in a heli everyday. It's that in-between type deal. Snow machines now are thirteen or fourteen grand and pretty much if you wreck, you're looking at least two to three hundred bucks in parts. It’s definitely expensive and obviously with how crazy these machines have gotten and where they can get you, you're getting yourself into crazier and crazier spots where you fall off these things or hit something, it’s going to cost a lot of money to fix that kind of damage.

      What was it like skiing with Elyse (Saugsted)?

      She just wants to go straight and fast and jump off stuff, so it's definitely pretty similar. But she, that was one of the most impressive segments I've ever seen. Seeing her ski, I was like “Holy shit!” She knows she's only got a couple more years of it and she's definitely getting the most out of it, big time. Some of the airs she was taking, it was just like, "Jesus Christ!" A lot of people would explode on those landings, and she sucked ‘em up and took it.

      And you were just out filming for the hell of it, then at some point you both decided to enter the Co-Lab?

      Yeah I mumbled about it and she's like, "Yeah maybe, I don't know." And I was kind of the same deal. It was like, "Yeah, we'll see if I get any shots.” Coming up to that point, the winter had been such garbage everywhere.

      And then we finally got up to Pemperton. I was like, "Okay. I probably have enough for a little bit." And then we went to another place here... and ended up getting like five or six more shots there and I was like, "Well I could maybe throw something together." Then Elyse texted me and was like, "Yeah I'm going to do it." And I was like, "Yeah I'll give it a shot, too." And then I sent a bunch of footage to Matt Philippi and he edited it and threw something together. I just figured I'd give it a shot and see what happens.

      So then what was the Co-Lab process like for you? Given that social media promotion was such a big part of it?

      It was awful for me; I was so bad at the social media promotion stuff. I thought: it's up there if people want to see it. I didn't push it too hard. All these people were hounding me. Elyse was like, "You gotta get better at this social media stuff!" And I was to the point where I was like, “You try working 13 hours a day and coming home and trying to do social media." But the whole wild card thing worked out which was pretty sweet.

      Did getting into the movie change how your sponsors treated you at all?

      Not really, I think because I'm old. I'm 33 years old and they don't really give a shit anymore. It can be frustrating, but I know this type of industry chews you up and spits you out. I mean you get hurt, and they're just looking for another guy. I'm not angry at them, though; I completely get it. The ski industry itself is not doing well. I get it. Skiing is very expensive sport. I mean, if I had a family of five, those kids are skiing bell to bell, whether they like it or not. I mean that's five hundred bucks right there just in lift tickets.


      Monied sponsors or not, Corey Felton will still be sending it. 100 foot front flip in the Jackson Hole backcountry in 2014. Ryan Hoff photo via Corey's Facebook.

      And it's so dependent on the winter, too. If there's a bad snow year, it completely reflects how sponsors are going to help you out the next year. I also don't like the whole politics of the whole thing. I'd rather fly under the radar a little bit and do my own thing and not have all these obligations where I'm in Jackson for a week out of the year because I have to be here for this photo shoot and then there and then all over the place. I'd rather be out with my buddies for when it turns good so I can go out and shoot. It's kind of nice being a little more flexible than some of the guys. Granted they are getting paid a lot more than I am, but they're just, they have them by the neck.

      So did you get to a point where you were like, "Okay. I'm going to make a deliberate decision to support myself outside of skiing?"

      Exactly. It got to the point where I was making X amount of money skiing and X amount of money cutting trees for someone else. And working for someone else, I thought, "Well, I went to school for business." And I talked to my boss about possibly buying him out and Taylor [Corey’s brother] piped up and was like, "What if we start our own?" And I was like okay. And I said, "Alright, well here's the deal, the business is going to be three, maybe four years in the red." We're not going to make a damn cent. But I think in the long run they'll be a lot more money. And the other thing is once you get to 35, 36, or 37 years old, what are you going to do after the whole skiing thing? you can't ski and get paid forever.

      Check out the full Co-Lab movie here. Want to know more about the Co-Lab athletes? Check out:
      -How Elyse Saugsted DIY'ed her way into the Co-Lab
      -How to Film Urban Skiing with Dale Talkington
      -Colter Hinchcliffe's Lonely Shots

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  • Dash Longe - Alta Shred Sessio Dash Longe - Alta Shred Session

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      Dash Longe, Matt Philippi and Todd Ligare just shredding around having a jolly ol' time at Alta.

      Big thanks to Sony #actioncam

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  • Behind The Scenes With Team TG Behind The Scenes With Team TGR - iF3 at EOTC3

  • Eye of the Condor Team Preview Eye of the Condor Team Preview

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      This August, Teton Gravity Research will send a team of skiers to La Parva, Chile to compete in the Third Annual Eye of the Condor Film competition. Skiers Tim Durtschi, Matt Philippi and Coulter Hinchliffe will ski for the lenses of Nick Dee-lish and Greg von Doersten for a week and put the best edit possible together. We caught up with Matt Philippi to find out what the team has planned. 


      TGR: Have you ever been to La Parva before?

      Matt Philippi: I’ve never been to la Parva, but I‘ve skied down in South America four times. A lot of those trips were really long—like six weeks on average. I’m looking forward to checking out La Parva. I’m going to stick around for a few days afterwards and go ski before Dash Longe’s wedding.


      TGR: Have you ever spent any time with the team before?

      MP: I’ve shot with Greg von Doersten before, and skied with Coulter a little bit.  I haven’t skied with Durtschi since the slopestyle days.  I’ve never worked with Durtschi or shot with Nick before.



      TGR: Have you ever done a film competition before?

      MP: No I haven’t. I’m excited to check it out. It’ll be interesting to have that short little window where we’re going to have to make the most of it. It will be like any other film trip I’ve been on though.  The attitude will be the same as a film trip. I’m excited to have the experience with a whole crew of pro skiers. 


      TGR: What do you think about competing against the other teams?

      MP: It’ll be interesting to have the 4bi9 crew because there are a lot of jibs around there. It’ll be cool to see what some heavy hitting jib guys get done. The Discrete team has been down there each year and they have the experience. I’m also really excited to see what Carston Oliver and Eliel Hindert do because they are under-the-radar slayers and I’m excited to see them work with Adam Clark.  I think they’re edit is going to be sick.


      TGR: What does the TGR Team bring to the table?

      MP: I think what we have is the most diverse set of skills, I’ve thought a lot about it.  We’re going to skin as far as we can and get the best lines we can.  Tim wants to get all jibby jabby with it, and we all like to jump too so I think we’ll have a well-rounded segment.

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  • Salvaging a Season Salvaging a Season

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      Salvage - Philippi Spring 2013 from Matt Philippi on Vimeo.

      Matt Philippi’s winter was not the powder-filled fantasy he had hoped for. Instead of chairlifts and sled tracks, Philippi faced a worn-out space on the couch and over ten new screws added to his anatomy. After an entire winter of being bitch-slapped by the sport he loves, it would be logical for him to take it easy. But that just wouldn’t be any fun. We caught up with him to find out how he got so mangled, and how he’s already back in action.

       Matt's Broken Face

      TGR: You broke your wrist early in the season, how did that happen?

      Matt Phillipi: It was December 18th and I was just skiing sidecountry in Jackson and got hung up skiing some trees. The next thing I know I’m waking up from a concussion with a broken wrist, and I don’t even know what happened. My radius was shattered and the joint surface in my wrist was mangled. The next night I went in for surgery. That was the last time I do a surgery without a nerve block.

      TGR: That’s rugged. How long were you out for?

      MP: It was a wrist, so I could keep skiing. I took a week-and-a-half off for Christmas.

      By mid January I was hitting it really hard. I couldn’t snowmobile at all so I was resort skiing and doing big skin days. It was an amazing two weeks of skiing. I was really getting to know the resorts well.


      TGR: Two weeks only? Then what happened?

      MP: It was January 27th I was just skiing on the backside of Jackson, skiing Little Targhee headed towards Cardiac Ridge. It was the fourth of fifth skin lap of the day, in blower pow, and I hit a submerged stump. I guess I just wasn’t being careful enough, and hit it, compressed my ankle, and tomahawked down the hill. 

      Right away I knew my ankle was at least sprained pretty bad. It was about 2:30 in the afternoon and the only way out was to skin. I ended up doing a 3.5-hour skin back to the tram. There was a lot of screaming and swearing at myself but ultimately I made it out. It was one of the more intense experiences in the backcountry I’ve ever had. It was an awakening to how gnarly things can be back there.

      TGR: So what was wrong?

      MP: I was skinning with my inner anklebone broken completely off. I had to have a screw drilled into it to reattach it to my tibia.

      Ankle break

      TGR: So you snapped a bone off, and were still able to ski this year?

      MP: I was back on skis by early April. I was out for about two months, which is pretty damn quick. The sprain was more of a pain than the break.

      TGR: So this edit is kind of a comeback. How’d it get done?

      MP: The sled skiing is in a secret zone south of Jackson. KGB productions had been out there working with a couple of people. I saw some Instagrams and wanted to hit them up. They took me there and it was a go. Before then I was sucking it up on the groomers. I went out there and hadn’t hit any airs yet, or anything, but I was able to get a couple of shots. A week later another storm rolled through. And I was able to get some more shots. The zone is rowdy. It’s one of those zones where you nearly run out of gas.

      Sluff Storm 

      TGR: It looks rowdy, but that line you did in Grand Teton National Park was nuts.

      MP: After that second day, it was getting towards late April, and Eric Daft wanted to go ski a gnarly line off the Grand itself, but they bailed and I got convinced to ski Dartmouth Couloir, which is off the south saddle of the Grand. It’s in between the Grand and the Middle. I Google Earth-ed it, and looked doable. But it was the type of day that should have been broken up. We started at like 4am, got to the line at 2:30pm, dropped, and had to hike out. There were grizzly tracks everywhere and a huge wet-slide that scared us. Check out the story at snowbrains.com

      TGR: Totally seems worth it. So where are you now?

      MP: I had a weird season with broken bones, but I’m stoked to end the season skiing how I wanted to, and all my confidence is back. I know I can push it harder next year and ski bigger lines. I’m looking to give it 110 as usual. It won’t be different than any other years; I’ll just start with a couple more scars.


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  • News: Erik Roner, Matt Philipp News: Erik Roner, Matt Philippi And Ashley Battersby Ink Deal With Descente

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      Roner, Phillipi, Battersby

      LAYTON, UTAH - Descente, designer of premium ski apparel for those who value quality and technology, has inked a deal with professional skiers, Erik Roner and Matt Philippi for the 2013/2014 season.

      Roner has skied professionally since 2001 and is regarded as one of the founders of ski BASE jumping. He has appeared in nearly 20 major ski films and is a cast member of MTV’s Nitro Circus television and movie series.

      Philippi established himself as a park master, racking up an impressive list of wins, before transitioning into big mountain skiing and a feature in TGR’s The Dream Factory. He is also a participant of the FullCircle Project, dedicating himself to helping mountain communities in need across the globe. 

      Joining Descente team member Ashley Battersby, Roner and Philippi will wear the Descente label exclusively while on-mountain.

      “Erik and Matt are both exceptional skiers whose years of experience have given them an appreciation for performance ski apparel,” said Brook Barney, Head of Product Development and Marketing for Descente North America. “They both have firsthand knowledge of Descente’s commitment to craftsmanship, research and development – that they chose Descente is a great testament to the quality of our product.”

      The building of the new Descente Team, along with the anticipated launch of the new All Mountain collection, is all part of a new direction for Descente.  All Mountain makes use of Descente’s extensive research and development capabilities to create premium ski apparel with superior fabrics, features, technology and craftsmanship.  Incorporating Recco technology, Heat Navi elemental harnessing insulators, D-Laser cutting techniques and more, All Mountain debuted at the 2013 SIA Snowshow in Denver.

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  • 2012 TGR Fall Line Camp At Jac 2012 TGR Fall Line Camp At Jackson Hole

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      Forget reaching for the stars, come and shred with them – Tim Durchi and Matt Philippi and many other Jackson Hole athletes to be exact. Now in it’s second winter the TGR Fall Line Camp is the ultimate freeride experience held in the big mountain Mecca of Jackson Hole for middle and high schoolers who aspire to join the next generation of big mountain rippers and park & pipe superstars. Up and coming skiers and snowboarders will spend 3 days improving their fundamentals and learning to drop cliffs, jib features and rip turns with members of the TGR cast, the Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School’s premier youth coaches, and TGR Grom contest winner Daniel Tisi.

      The days start early, including one morning on the pre-public “Hollywood” Tram, rubbing shoulders and testing helmet cams with action sports stars Tim Durchi, Matt Philippi, Max Hammer and more. TGR Grom contest winner Daniel Tisi, will also join for a day of big mountain shredding, sharing his lessons-learned from years of competing and filming, and finally achieving his dream of shooting with TGR.
      After full throttle sessions of slashing turns and burning quads under the tutelage of the best instructors and pro athletes in the world of big mountain skiing, the up and comers will pull up a chair in the TGR studios and get after it, editing the epic footage they captured during the day. Production magicians from behind the TGR curtain will reveal simple secrets of turning low budget footage into sponsor-worthy final content.
      If you aren’t salivating yet, this might not be for you. But, if your idea of ‘the High Life’ (TGR 2003) involves clocking air time in the Tetons, learning to stick your spin or stomp your jib, while hanging out with TGR & JH Mountain Sports School pros, you might not want to wait. The TGR Fall Line Camp takes the meaning of “taking it to the next level” — to the next level.

      A ski and snowboard camp for middle and high school aged kids who dream big, and know they need to start small to get there. The camp focuses on building the incremental skills necessary for making good decisions and riding big mountains safely. Skiers & snowboarders with intermediate to advanced skills, able to ski a strong parallel turn in varied snow conditions, and all terrain.

      December 29-31, 2012.  $775 for camp and lift tickets or $655 camp only. 

      Sign Up For The TGR Fall Line Camp Now

      For more information call 307-739-2686.

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  • Muyu Juntas'qa - S3 E03 - The Muyu Juntas'qa - S3 E03 - The FullCircle Project

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      Muyu Juntas'qa is the Quechuan word for “FullCircle”. Quechua is the language of the people of Amaru and a language that has been handed down from the time of the Inca.

      This is the final episode from the 2012 community service and skiing adventure. The FullCircle crew wraps up their time in Peru with the adobe brick making process and then say goodbye to their new friends. From there, they head to Chile in search of that elusive Andean powder... and hit it just right with a storm that dumps a meter of pow onto the crew.

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  • The Ceremony - S3 E02 - The Fu The Ceremony - S3 E02 - The FullCircle Project

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      For the second episode of the 2012 FullCircle Project in Amaru, Peru, we continue our work building a recycling center. We cut down Eucalyptus trees for the roof of the center, and work as a team to carry them up the hill. Our local friend and project co-worker, Eustachio Cruz, offers a blessing for the FullCircle crew on a mountain peak above town.

      Check back next week for our third and final episode of the 2012 project in which we say goodbye to our friends in Amaru and head south to Chile in search of snow...

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  • Pacha Mama - S3 E01 - The Full Pacha Mama - S3 E01 - The FullCircle Project

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      The FullCircle Project is a community service and skiing initiative started by pro skier Matt Philippi. This year, for the third annual summer project, the FullCircle crew headed to Amaru, Peru, to fund and help construct a recycling center.  With the help of donors and sponsors, the crew was able to travel to Peru and donate $3000 to the recycling center and contribute two weeks of hard work.

      This episode opens with a glimpse of the FullCircle crew's skiing in Chile, then the episode travels back in time to the FullCircle crew’s arrival in Amaru, Peru. In Amaru, they begin to learn about the people who live there, their ancient culture, and the troubles they face with modern waste. Episodes two and three will drop on the next two Tuesdays. Enjoy!

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  • Rooted - Episode 3 - The Full Rooted - Episode 3 - The Full Circle Project Peru

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      In this, the final episode from our experience in Peru, we plant the trees for the apple tree orchard, say goodbye to the people of Maras, and then head south to experience the Andes through another medium: our skis.

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  • Digging Deeper - Episode 2 - T Digging Deeper - Episode 2 - The Full Circle Project Peru

  • The Arrival - Episode 1 - The The Arrival - Episode 1 - The Full Circle Project Peru

    • From: matthewphilippi
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      This is the first of three episodes that tell the story of The FullCircle Project’s second community service project in South America. In this episode we travel to Maras, Peru to begin a sustainable agriculture project. Let the adventure begin…

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  • Matt Philippi Stomps The Seaso Matt Philippi Stomps The Season - Behind The Line Season 5 Episode 2

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      In Season 5 Episode 2 of Teton Gravity Research's Behind The Line, skier Matt Philippi has a successful first season shooting in Jackson Hole. He shredded powder, sent it off some big backcountry booters with John Spriggs and skied Corbet's Couloir for the first time. All of this landed him a solid presence in TGR's newest film, The Dream Factory.

      Behind The Line is a series where we feature a unique line, jump, or session from the filming of Teton Gravity Research's 2012 ski and snowboard film, The Dream Factory. Watch as athletes take a look back at these insane moments and discuss them, providing an in depth look Behind The Line of The Dream Factory.

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      Music: “Alone” by The Weekenders

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  • Matt Philippi Athlete Edit Fro Matt Philippi Athlete Edit From 'The Dream Factory'

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  • Thousands Rage At The Dream Fa Thousands Rage At The Dream Factory World Premiere

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      Dave Hudacsko at The Dream Factory premiere

      On Saturday, Teton Gravity Research premiered its newest ski and snowboard film, The Dream Factory, to a few thousand fired-up fans at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort inside Walk Festival Hall.

      The party kicked off around 3 p.m. with free beer and yard games in front of the TGR production office, right next to the JHMR tram. Yes that’s right, free beer next to the tram. As fans tossed back cool ones on the warm, sunny afternoon, Erik Roner, Ian McIntosh and Marshall Miller buzzed over Teton Village and jumped out of a plane, skydiving in to the venue with smoke trailing off their feet. All three stomped their landings in a rather tight common area between The Mangy Moose and Hotel Terra. That kicked the crowd in to high gear, and the vibe ramped up from there.

      Roner, McIntosh and Marshall Miller skydiveMarshall Miller, Erik Roner and Ian McIntosh skydive in to the world premiere of The Dream Factory.

      Marshall Miller jumps inMarshall Miller gets ready to stomp his landing.

      To accommodate all the fans who want to see the movie, each year there are two showings of the TGR movie – the early show and the late show. The early show is a bit mellower and the late show is rowdy. With about a thousand people in line to the venue, you could feel the hype in the air. Screw it if it’s still summer – the TGR premiere marks the beginning of winter in the Tetons. There you are, back at the base of the ski area with all your winter friends celebrating the act of sliding on snow. It’s an extraordinary feeling of camaraderie. 

      Inside, almost all of the TGR athletes were there signing posters including: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Seth Morrison, Dylan Hood, Erik Roner, Dana Flahr, Dash Longe, Todd Ligare, Daron Rahlves, Forrest Shearer, Chris Benchetler, Griffin Post, Ralph Backstrom, Angel Collinson, Tim Durtschi, Matt Philippi and Max Hammer.

      There was a mass amount of giveaways from TGR sponsors like GoPro, The North Face, Atomic, Marker, Volkl, Scott, DNA, Smith Optics, Black Diamond and The Ski Journal.

      The Dream Factory World PremiereThe scene inside Walk Festival Hall.

      The Dream Factory World Premeire stage

      A Packed House at The Dream Factory world premiereA packed house.

      Seth Morrison Signs postersSeth Morrison signs posters.

      Tim Durtschi signs postersTim Durtschi interacts with a fan.

      Erik Roner Signs postersErik Roner gets the youth fired up to ski.

      The film looks back to the roots of the freeriding movement in Alaska while at the same time looking to the future of the sport. In that sense, it was very cool to see members of the Jackson Hole Air Force as well as kids from the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard club together in attendance. It made for a cohesive vibe where people of all ages were celebrating just how freaking awesome it is to soar down the mountains on snow.

      The film layers the most current ski footage from Alaska with historical clips. Really, two stories are told – that of the new freeriders and the pioneers before them. In all, the film shows the progression of skiing and snowboarding in Alaska, The Dream Factory.

      Daniel Tisi and Sam WinshipSam Winship and Daniel Tisi.

      One technique used this year is side-by-side footage of skiers shredding lines back in the day matched with people skiing the same lines now. Seeing this, you realize how far the sport has come and how monumental it was when people accomplished those feats for the first time. A couple of memorable moments like this come when you see Ralph Backstrom ride a line in Valdez made famous by Johan Olofsson in Totally Board 5. And when Colter Hinchliffe shreds a line in Haines called Dr. Seuss, made famous by Jeremy Jones. There are other stand-out performances by Tim Durtschi, Dash Longe, Dana Flahr, Daron Rahlves … Well, everyone pretty much crushes it – it’s a TGR flick.

      Not to be missed is the heavy hitting Corbet’s Couloir segment at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. There, John Spriggs kicks off the session with a huge back flip into the line followed by the likes of Daniel Tisi, who, at the age of 13, airs into the line larger than most grown men ever have. In almost every segment the viewer is shown the past, present and future of skiing and snowboarding.

      Marc AndreMarc-Andre Belliveau plays at the Mangy Moose.

      Marc Andre and Dash LongeDash Longe joined Marc-Andre on stage.

      After the movie a party raged at The Mangy Moose. TGR skier Marc-Andre Belliveau – who last appeared in Lost And Found – played an acoustic set as an opener for the headliner American Royalty. While American Royalty rocked hard – playing a triple encore because the crowd would not let them off stage – perhaps one of the best moments came when Dash Longe joined Marc Andre on stage for a rendition of “Raging Alcoholic.” It was a soulful moment that set the vibe for the party and let people send it deep in to the night.

      Here's to winter.

      American RoyaltyAmerican Royalty effing whaled.

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  • Grom Contest Interview: Sam Wi Grom Contest Interview: Sam Winship, Age 16

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      Jackson Hole local and this year's Overall Grom Contest winning skier Sam Winship may be a young gun, but he's at the heels of the top dogs. Winship has won the opportunity to film with the TGR production team during the 2012-13 season. Winship also gets to attend the world premiere of TGR’s newest ski and snowboard film, The Dream Factory, and have his video edit play before every showing of The Dream Factory during the film's tour. On top of that, Winship gets a GoPro package and a pile of TGR swag. Take a gander through Sam's goggles, and get a view of the future he sees in skiing.

      When did you start skiing?

      At the fine age of 3 years old.

      What aspect of skiing do you most enjoy?

      I definitely enjoy skiing powder and taking park-style to natural features. I like to learn tricks in the park and be able to throw them down on any feature.

      Who do you look up to in the skiing world?

      I really respect people that can do it all. Jossi Wells has placed in both slopestlye and halfpipe and has impeccable stlye. I also really enjoy skiers like Sean Pettit, Dane Tudor, and Sammy Carlson, who can take technical tricks to powder jumps. It's hard to make a list because there are aspects in almost every pro skier that I look up to.

      Who are your favorite people to ride with?

      My brother, Owen. We've always had a common interest in skiing, and he taught me a lot of the basics. He's taken some time off to pursue filming and a serious career, so I didn't get to ski with him as much as I wanted to last year. However, the days that we do get in together are some of the funnest, biggest, and scariest, and produce some of the best shots. 

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      How do you balance school and skiing?

      It's always hard. Especially going to a private school that doesn't have early-release as an option. I'm the only one who leaves to ski during the week. It's resulted in cab rides, taking multiple courses during my free blocks, and almost having to sleep at the Stilson Bus Station…twice. I always tell myself, "School first", but sometimes that's hard to follow. I need to thank my parents and teachers for helping me figure that all out.

      Who do you think is the best skier in your local scene?

      It seems that every time you ride up the lift it's with someone who just went to do backcountry lines or who just hucked a backflip off of Nightmare. Matt Philippi and Tony Seibert were two skiers that really impressed me. I saw tons of crazy shots of Matt going HAM in the stash parks, and I got to ski with Tony on a weekly basis and he never ceased to blow me away with huge tricks, airs, and some classic stlye. There are tons of others, but these are the ones that i consistently see at the resort going hard.

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      What does it mean to you to have your video selected by TGR?

      When I got the call from TGR and they told me I'd won the overall contest I was pumped. For youth riders who want to get noticed in the freesking world, this is one of the best ways. To be selected amongst the likes of Willie Borm and Daniel Tisi makes it feel even more surreal. I've seen Willie do double flips at Windells, and Daniel throw down one of the sickest park runs Jackson Hole's park saw last year: misty-7 to cork-9 to blind-270 off the rail. This year was probably the biggest year for the contest, and I was up against kids who had landed doubles off of pow jumps, flat-spins off of 30-foot cliffs, and mind-blowing rail tricks. It just showed that the hard work and the money my parents have put in over the years has payed off, and gives me an option to get my name recognized and to show the TGR crew what I'm made of next winter!

      Do you edit your own videos? Who do you edit with?

      My brother Owen does it for me. I've done a few by myself but by brother has experience editing videos. I generally give him my footage and he shows it to me at a few points along the editing process to get my input, but I rarely have any negative feedback. The end-product never ceases to blow my mind and make me look like a better skier that i probably am. 

      Can you describe your best day, or series of days, during this last season?

      Yep. There was a saturday after a fresh dump and Crags was opening for the first time in a few weeks. I had never been up there, but my coach Matt Lancaster brought me with a few other homies, and we basically built four or five jibs off of cliffs and natural features. I did a few 360s off of cliffs and a switch rodeo-7 that I didn't quite stomp, but it felt great. In the days that followed, I had a sick day at Grand Targhee, filming with my old bud Sam Dery. We also had another sick jump session on a step-down that we built, which was awesome, until I over rotated a misty-7 and ended up with four stitches in my face.

      What are your plans for winter?

      Try to improve my riding and get some clean shots with the TGR filmers. I'd like to take my skiing to more powder jumps, and work on cork-720s and some more technical tricks that we see in the park. I will probably compete in a few USSA slopestlye competitions in Park City, Utah, and Sun Valley, Idaho. I'd like to compete in a few more big-mountain events than I did last year. There are some secret spots up on Teton Pass that I'd like to get after, but not before a few avalanche courses. I guess I'd like to get better, go bigger, send harder, and get more footage than I have in the past.

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      Have you found a way to train for winter during these summer months?

      Summer ski camps are the best, but also the most expensive option. I've been lucky enough to go to them for the past four summers, and with airbags and foam pits, its the best way to improve. Other than that, bouncing on the trampoline and getting a good sense of air-awareness is very beneficial. For park skiers, tramp as much as you can, and for big-mountain riders, try to fill your days with fun activities that will help with your balance and strength. 

      How do you plan on using your video selection with TGR to help further your ski career?

      I think that this will be beneficial on a resume. It also gives me confidence [knowing] that professional filmers and skiers picked me out of a crowd of riders. To know that my skiing impressed some of the riders I look up to makes me want to send it harder, to hopefully continue to impress all of them. This is like an extra boost that I think will send me up higher and hopefully to the top, or at least part of the way. Also, having my video play at the premieres of the TGR movie will hopefully let people across America see who I am and expose me to a larger audience.

      Any shoutouts to your homies, family or sponsors?

      For sure. To my brother and family, first off. They've been the biggest help with getting me gear, getting me to the mountain, feeding me, and all that necessary stuff. Kuborra is an up-and-coming company with sick swag for the lowest prices around. Habitat ski shop is located in Driggs, Idaho, and have a plethora of products. And then to all of my homies, Lyons, Matt, Jake, Sam, Cole, AT, and Kathleen.



       Sam's winning Grom Contest entry: 


      Here's some bonus footage of Sam, shot a while back at Windell's:


      Sam's portrait photo via kuborra.com

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  • The Dream Factory Trailer - Te The Dream Factory Trailer - Teton Gravity Research 2012 Ski And Snowboard Movie

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      For the past 16 years, Teton Gravity Research has made the pilgrimage to America’s last frontier, Alaska: The Dream Factory. Throughout history, Alaska has been a place of dreams. From the early gold rush days, to the rise of commercial fishing, to the explosion of the ski and snowboard freeride movement, people have left everything to follow their dreams and journey to this foreign, mystical land. Like the frontiersmen before them, the pioneers of the freeride movement like Doug Coombs, Eric Pehota, and Trevor Petersen made the dream of skiing in Alaska a reality.

      Follow TGR's modern day athletes on this cinematic voyage through Alaska's awe-inspiring expanse, rich history, and colorful characters. Watch as the TGR crew ventures from AK training grounds Jackson Hole, WY, and Pemberton, BC, and delves deep into the Alaskan way of life during a record snowfall year in AK, skiing terrain most of us only dream about.

      Starring: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Dash Longe, Dana Flahr, Tim Durtschi, Seth Morrison, Erik Roner, Chris Benchetler, Todd Ligare, Griffin Post, Ralph Backstrom, Daron Rahlves, Angel Collinson, Matt Philippi, Clayton Vila, Cam Riley, Dylan Hood, John Spriggs, Rory Bushfield, Max Hammer, Nick Martini, Dave Treadway, Maxim Arsenault, Forrest Shearer, Daniel Tisi

      On Location: Jackson Hole, WY / Valdez, AK / Haines, AK / Anchorage, AK / Whittier, AK / Northern Chugach, AK / Valdez Heli Ski Guides / Alyeska Resort / SEABA Heli / Alaska Heli Skiing / Girdwood, AK / Pemberton, BC

      Music: Dane Short & Kris Dirksen, "Gears of Death" | Mannequin Men, "Flying Blind" | c65, "Let's Go"

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