“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.