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Behind the Line: Tim Durtschi’s Chugach Masterpiece

Born and raised in Anchorage, professional skier Tim Durtschi is no stranger to Alaska’s towering mountain ranges. The Chugach Mountains, the picturesque peaks that loom over Anchorage’s horizon, are only one of the fourteen mountain ranges within the state’s borders. The Chugach range alone is larger than Switzerland, and much of the eastern section of the range is incredibly isolated and inhospitable; devoid of infrastructure and public accessibility. But for Durtschi, the Chugach is home. Having learned to ski at the early age of two at Alyeska, Alaska’s premiere ski resort just a 45 minute drive south of Anchorage, advancing to the unnamed peaks deep within the range was a natural progression.

The Chugach stands unrivaled as one of the world’s premiere destinations for big mountain heli-skiing (both Valdez and Cordova, unincorporated towns popular in the heli-skiing community, reside in the Chugach mountains).

Durtschi has been a member of the TGR family for over a decade, and has shot numerous films with our team in Alaska. Check out this behind the scenes look of the Atomic and Spyder athlete as we captured the action using the heli-mounted Gyro Stabilized Systems (GSS) camera during the shooting of TGR’s latest film, Magic Hour.

From The Series: Behind The Line

This stunning filmmaker’s masterpiece, Behind the Line: Tim Durtschi’s Chugach, is truly breathtaking. Capturing the beauty of the Chugach Mountains in Alaska,  The Vandals Durtschi has created an awe-inspiring piece of art that will linger in viewers’ minds long after the credits have rolled. With its stunning visuals and powerful storytelling, this film is sure to leave an impression.

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Lindsey Vonn Bombed the Streif… In the Dark
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Lindsey Vonn Bombed the Streif… In the Dark

Lindsey Vonn Bombed the Streif… In the Dark

As if speed running the most notorious downhill course in the world wasn’t gnarly enough, Lindsey Vonn went ahead and bombed the Streif in Kitzbühel at night. She is now the first woman to ever ski this course and the first to ever ski it in the dark. This is just a cherry on top of Lindsey’s career, which when all is said and done will be one of the most legendary careers in ski racing history. TGR has had the pleasure of documenting much of her career throughout the years, and just a few

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Inside Magic Hour: Alaskan Down Days
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Inside Magic Hour: Alaskan Down Days

Inside Magic Hour: Alaskan Down Days

Like many in our community, Teton Gravity athletes and cinematographers are drawn to explore those wild places where we feel most alive. Like clockwork, TGR makes an annual pilgrimage to Alaska’s jagged, snow-capped ridges to get a taste of some of the steepest lines in North America. Filming in remote locations often requires weeks, if not months, of diligent planning and logistics preparation. But all of that blood, sweat and tears can count for naught if the conditions aren't right. And

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​Freeride World Tour 2023 Baqueria-Beret Results
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​Freeride World Tour 2023 Baqueria-Beret Results

​Freeride World Tour 2023 Baqueria-Beret Results

The 2023 Freeride World Tour kicked off, albeit a bit delayed, this weekend in the Spanish Pyrenees. After dealing with the postponement of the Kicking Horse stop, athletes gathered in Baqueira Beret, Spain to take on the legendary Backer freeride venue. Conditions were nothing short of stellar, with a few inches of pow on top of a solid base - perfect for fast and stylish riding from everyone who dropped in."> Ski Men: Max Palm backed up his debut win last year at this venue with