TGR Celebrates 21 Years at "Tight Loose" Premiere

The skiing is as tight as ever, and the shenanigans might even be looser.
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The skiing is as tight as ever, and the shenanigans might even be looser.

“No one thought TGR would still be standing 21 years later,” says Teton Gravity Research’s cofounder, Steve Jones, in the opening of Tight Loose, which premiered last Saturday night in Jackson, Wyoming.

Saturday night wasn’t just the premiere of this year's latest ski film produced by TGR but a birthday celebration for the esteemed media house’s 21st year of production.

A beautiful fall evening at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort quickly turned, as it often does in the mountains, to a rainy wind storm, but the crowd stayed strong and buzzing. Pulling on their hoods, they slammed 10 Barrel Brewing beers and waited in anticipation.

Big Red lit up over the projection screen, the music pounded, and the crowd went off as John Collinson dropped into the opening segment, just a bit on the loose side.

TGR kept this year’s film relatively light hearted—the title, after all, is Tight Loose—but it was not without a few dramatic, all-too-real moments. The scenes about Angel Collinson blowing her knee in AK, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa having to rush home from Fantasy Camp for the early birth of his twins, and Nick McNutt getting lucky in an AK avalanche left us sweating it for a minute. 

Humorous as always, TGR broke up new footage with old b-roll and behind the scenes footage from years past. The Jones brothers lit their camera equipment on fire in 1995, the team “stoked the fire” in 1998, and then brought home a frozen yak in 2004. Seems like the shenanigans have been, um, loose since the beginning.

Meanwhile, Nick McNutt and Sam Smoothy took the cake on keeping it tight. McNutt showcased his ability to take his smooth jib style to the big mountains with grace and ease. Smoothy proved himself worthy at this year’s Fantasy Camp with his high energy stoke transferring into powerful, big AK lines; he truly is an Aussie heart attack.

Veteran athletes Ian Macintosh, Griffin Post, and Dylan Hood transitioned to a more cultural experience in Kashmir, India. Making something out of nothing due to a lack of precipitation, the boys did what they do best and made less-than-ideal conditions look like butter.

In my personal favorite segment, Angel Collinson and Hadley Hammer blew up some classic Jackson Hole lines. These ladies are tight. Hammer, a TGR freshman, went big and skied fast all while keeping a shit-eating grin on her face in true TGR fashion.

King of the “Micro Tranny,” Lucas Debari, earned his place as crowd favorite. As a woman in the audience aptly (and loudly) exclaimed during his segment, “I think I just got a snow(board)boner.”

Near the close, TGR brought together a collection of athletes and crew for a classic party-ski in Squaw Valley, leaving no doubt that even though this gang can keep it tight, they’re loose as hell.

Then, bringing us all back to reality, the movie ended with a full-hearted tribute to Eric Roner, who died in a skydiving accident last September in Squaw Valley.

Cheers to 21 years, Teton Gravity Research. We hope you are dealing with your hangover better than we are.


I can already grumbling from you locals on this one, but listen up. Locals avoid the hill on weekends like Aretha Franklin avoids the salad bar. They whine about the ineptitude of all the tourists, and every region seems to have a different vernacular for them. In Tahoe, they’re gapers. In Colorado, they’re Texans (no matter where they’re from). Back East, Joeys. Whatever we’re calling them, let’s take a deep breath, let go of the hatred, and see these folks for what they are. First and foremost, they keep our mountain economies healthy and churning. If tourists didn’t come to our towns and drop exorbitant amounts of cash on lodging, food, and equipment, many of us would be out of a job and back in some city jockeying a cubicle Monday to Friday. Secondly, they want to be like us. They come skiing because they want to be a part of the life we live every day. Sure, many of them are downright comical in their attempts to be a part of that culture, but the fact remains, they want to be here. So keep laughing when that you see that Texan, barreling down the hill in his power-wedge of doom, with Wrangler’s tucked into his rental boots with a belt buckle like a Thanksgiving turkey platter. But have some respect at the same time. Most non-locals are ultra-friendly and don’t want to cause you any trouble, so let it go and smile.

New Year's Resolutions for Skiers

So there I was, standing in line at the local six-pack, silently fuming at the masses of gapers who couldn’t manage to count in even numbers, and the lackadaisical lift ops offering as much help as a bucket of hot water at an Igloo commune, when I got to thinking about some things that we skiers could do this year to strengthen our snow-worshipping community and make skiing even more fun. Here are some New Years resolutions for skiers.