Last night, Teton Gravity Research’s 2014 ski film, Almost Ablaze screened before a raucous crowd at the Boulder Theater in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Athletes Johnny Collinson, Todd Ligare, Nick McNutt and Griffin Post were in attendance, signing autographs for eager fans and chatting with moviegoers about the film.
TGR opens the film with an introduction of its athletes amid the Talking Heads’ 1983 single “Burning Down the House,” a surefire way to get this editor stoked. From there Angel Collinson put her stamp on the film early, earning the opening segment. Despite less than optimal conditions—a couple inches of fresh on top of ice—Collinson charges burly Alaskan spines, cementing herself as one of the top female big-mountain skiers in the game. From there, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa adds a bit of psychedelic flavor to the film, with a night segment shot at Grand Targhee with his own artwork projected onto the snow. TGR pays homage to its home with a segment from Jackson Hole’s super deep February 2014. In both the Jackson Hole segment and later on in Revelstoke, Nick McNutt proves worthy of his 2014 iF3 Rookie of the Year award, dropping huge lines and landing switch in deep snow with ease.
After a gnarly hip injury ended his 2013-14 season early, Dane Tudor makes his return and is certainly on top of his game with a segment in Revelstoke. Tim Durtschi adds a bit of comedic flavor and shows off his unique style by dropping big lines and spinning off backcountry booters. Dash Longe and Colter Hinchliffe explore the Julian Alps in Italy, where the winter of 2013-14 deposited the most snow the region had seen in a hundred years. In the wake of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, slopestyle gold medalist Joss Christensen, along with Chris Laker and Karl Fostvedt jib the snowless site of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
All-in-all, the film is a reflection of what we’ve come to love about TGR in the past—vivid cinematography, scary big lines, relatable personalities and a boatload of stoke. If Almost Ablaze doesn’t inspire you to get after it this season, I’m not sure what will.