A sold out crowd inside the Walk Festival Hall. Andrew Wells photo.
It’s no surprise that TGR world premiere weekends are always a blast. More than just a movie premiere, this year’s event, yet again, acted as a chance to gather all those in the greater Jackson Hole community together and celebrate a love for all things snow. Mother Nature was certainly listening, as the forecast called for snow on Saturday evening, and it sure delivered.
The jackets came out, the beanies were put on, and as guests lined up outside Walk Festival Hall at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the flurries were falling as if on a gorgeous winter evening. These stoked members of Jackson Hole’s community have been an integral part of the TGR world since the day co-founders Todd and Steve Jones moved to the base of the Tetons as ski bums.
No doubt the community and landscape of Jackson Hole is a special place, and part of the backbone of TGR. This year all net proceeds will be going to the Doug Coombs Foundation, Friends of Pathways, and the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club Freeride Program.
“We realized early on TGR would not be what it is without the support of this community. From the first premiere of The Continuum in 1996, we decided to give it all back; and we have kept that tradition going every year since.” said TGR co-founder Todd Jones.
"We're honored and thankful to TGR for supporting Friends of Pathways and our mission to create great trails for Jackson Hole and to maintain access for backcountry skiing on Teton Pass. Their generosity and help in reaching core backcountry enthusiasts reinforce our message of responsible use on trails and in the mountains." said Katherine Dowson the Executive Director at Friends of Pathways.
To TGR, Friends of Pathways represents much more than that.
“Pathways presents an alternative solution to car traffic, pollution reduction, and recreation for all. It benefits the whole community, even if you are not an outdoor enthusiast"– Steve Jones
TGR also realizes the importance of fostering the next generation of riders, and the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club's Freeride program seemed like the perfect fit.
"The JHSC Freeride Program is honored to be welcomed at the world premiere of Rogue Elements. Our presence at the world premiere allows the local athletes the chance to connect with the best skiers and riders in the world while participating in a fundraiser that will help to offset Program expenses. - Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club
This year TGR announced the newest winner of the Grom Comp, a contest for young rippers to prove their skills. Max Meza, a 16-year-old skier from Utah, put together an edit filled with undeniably huge lines and a very composed style, earning himself a 1-year sponsorship from Fischer Sports and a chance to film with TGR.
Nick McNutt, Johnny Collinson and fellow athletes inking fresh posters. Andrew Wells photo.
As always, this year’s premiere included festivities surrounding the show, including a visit by the all-new Stokemobile, a mobile TGR experience including VR, merchandise, and premium TGR/OutsideTV content. The Stokemobile will continue to visit festivals and film premieres to spread the message of living the dream and will be on the east coast for the remainder of the Fall.
Nearby, film sponsors High West Distillers and 10 Barrel Brewing were providing delicious refreshments, while this year’s cast of all-star athletes were busy signing posters for stoked fans.
The new TGR Stokemobile. Andrew Wells photo.
The fun continues as the Rogue Elements Tour, presented by REI, rolls on. After a sold-out show at Salt Lake City’s iconic Red Butte venue, the next premieres include Boise, Bozeman, Missoula, Squaw Valley and more. Head here to find a tour near you.
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