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Use The A.L.P.T.R.U.T.H. System To Make Sure Your Next Line is Safe

Editor's Note: Welcome to Teton Gravity Research's Safety Week! We've dedicated this entire week to backcountry safety content. Stay tuned for insights from how top TGR pros keep it between the lines in the biggest mountains.

Zahan Billimoria from Exum Mountain Guides, and a regular guide for TGR and instructor at our annual International Pro Riders' Workshop, breaks down the acronym-based system for deciding whether or not the backcountry run you're about to drop is a safe option: A.L.P.T.R.U.T.H. 

Stay as safe as the TGR pros do by keeping an eye on our entire lineup of Safety Week content.

A bit of a backcountry gut check, ALPTRUTH forces you to go through a simple mental checklist that accounts for things like recent snow, wind, and the path you're about to take.  0, 1 or 2 of the obvious signs? Employ normal caution. 3 or 4 obvious signs? Employ extreme caution. 5, 6 or 7 obvious signs? Not recommended. 

Try it on for your next outing, and then check out Atomic's MTN Academy to test your knowledge base in the backcountry and educate yourself further.

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Travis Rice’s Latest Project From Japan: Ikigai
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Travis Rice’s Latest Project From Japan: Ikigai

Travis Rice’s Latest Project From Japan: Ikigai

A long ways from the famous onsens and ramen houses, Travis Rice set out to explore a remote zone of Japan’s backcountry with Mark Carter and Bryan Iguchi. Their adventure was so far off the beaten path, they were certain they'd encounter no other souls.  That was until they discovered a snowmobile track leading towards their hidden zone. Moments later the source of the mystery track became evident: two snowboarders were already carving turns on the face the crew was planning to hit. When

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Watch The Full Freeride World Tour Comp from Hakuba
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Watch The Full Freeride World Tour Comp from Hakuba

Watch The Full Freeride World Tour Comp from Hakuba

The wait is over! The 2019 Freeride World Tour kicks off in Hakuba, Japan today, with plenty of snow and good weather for riders. With several riders out for this competition with injuries, Canadian freeski legend Kye Petersen has entered as a wildcard. Petersen was named 2017 Skier of the Year by Freeskier Magazine, and is known for mind-bending film parts over the last decade. He debuted on the FWT in 2012 with a win in Revelstoke. He will join Tanner Hall and Travis Rice as wild cards in

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Cowboy: Clayton Vila’s Crested Butte Director’s Cut
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Cowboy: Clayton Vila’s Crested Butte Director’s Cut

Cowboy: Clayton Vila’s Crested Butte Director’s Cut

For director Clayton Vila, the relationship with Teton Gravity Research has always been a collaborative experience. Unique within action sports filmmaking, Clayton often creates two different cuts from the same TGR segment. One seamlessly aligns with TGR’s snow film, and in his director’s cut, Vila has complete artistic freedom. In fact, before he even stepped behind the lens for Crested Butte segment, Vila was given considerable creative control. The prompt was pretty open-ended with