TGR™’s newest film, which premiered in Jackson, Wyoming, on Friday, shows off a different side to the 20-year-old media company.
There was a time not too long ago when nobody in skiing took the sport—or themselves—as seriously as Teton Gravity Research. In each of its annual ski films, grave narration, unsmiling athlete interviews, and heavy music set to mostly dudes skiing and snowboarding even heavier terrain were all part of a formula that supported a brand of “Jackson cool” that found many followers. TGR™’s near constant pursuit of big lines left little time for light-hearted content. And if there was any comedy, it was quickly lost in the chaos of a first descent or the whirling blades of a helicopter.
In other words, seeing a segment set to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”—featuring a guy—would have been unthinkable. But that’s just one example from TGR™’s newest film, Paradise Waits, that attempts to flip the script. That segment—where Tim Durtschi skis one tram lap at Jackson Hole, during which he steals a girl’s waffle, takes the easy way down Corbet’s (instead of airing it out, à la Jason Tattersall), and sprays a bunch of groms in the face—got the biggest response during the premiere at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts on Friday. (Granted, this was the early showing where kids outnumbered adults; many of them spent the film running laps through the theater burning off those free “espresso pops” that had been handed out in the lobby. But still.)
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