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TGR’s Top 5 Stories From Blank Canvas

Blank Canvas is TGR’s 2020 snowboard film that celebrates a conscious choice to follow your heart. So often in life we find ourselves forging forward focused on our goals, until suddenly and chance experience opens our eyes to a new world of possibilities. But the decision to leave unfulfilled goals behind to explore the unknown is always a risk. Anchored by Elena Hight, a two-time Olympian and X Games champion who, after her success in the world of competition, felt the need to open up a new world of possibilities with snowboarding's more wild places and people. The cast of characters includes legends both old and new who are here to share their wisdom and experiences with this young rider. During this journey, she bears witness to these riders pushing their own comfort zones, all while she grows and begins to thrive in this brave new world. Here are some of our favorite moments around the film, including Elena’s three journal entries she wrote during film production.

Blank Canvas Trailer

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Blank Canvas Full Film

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Blank Canvas Journal #1 – In the Beginning

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Blank Canvas Journal #2 – Culture Shock

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Blank Canvas Journal #3 – Tahoe History

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Loveland Snowboarder Triggers Massive Avalanche
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Loveland Snowboarder Triggers Massive Avalanche

Loveland Snowboarder Triggers Massive Avalanche

Even the most experienced riders aren't immune to unstable snowpack. Maurice Kervin learned this firsthand last Friday while snowboarding on Loveland Pass, his 65th day of riding this season.  Kervin and his ski partners had been keeping a close eye on the avalanche forecast all week. Although the danger had actually dropped, Kervin recalls feeling unsure of the conditions. Intending to ski a line called 'No Name,' the pair set out, and tested snow stability along the way, not finding any red

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Travis Rice Shows Us the Danger Lurking in the Snowpack
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Travis Rice Shows Us the Danger Lurking in the Snowpack

Travis Rice Shows Us the Danger Lurking in the Snowpack

For many parts of the West, this years snowpack has been unstable, unpredictable, and at times, just downright scary. A pretty heavy snowfall in November followed by a bit of a drought created a weak layer here in the Tetons. As snowboarder Travis Rice puts it, when you're riding in bounds, you can get a false sense of security when you're able to ride wherever, not to mention ski patrol having your back. But stepping into the backcountry is a whole different animal. With similarly unstable

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Watch: Skier Triggers Huge Slide in Montana
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Watch: Skier Triggers Huge Slide in Montana

Watch: Skier Triggers Huge Slide in Montana

As skiers we're always talking about the snowpack and how stable or unstable it is, but what does that really mean? This slide in Hyalite, Montana is a pretty good example of 'unstable snowpack.' Triggered by a skier who  made it all the way down before the face actually broke (one lucky fellow), the slide was a pretty classic slab avalanche.  Our friends at the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche center broke down what happened with slide. Essentially, it was a slab of wind packed snow