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In Winterland, Teton Gravity Research’s 25th film, grainy historical b-roll overlaid with narration introduces each location, from Valdez, AK to Lofoten, Norway to TGR’s backyard of Jackson Hole. A lot of Jackson Hole. In some cases, Winterland seems to venerate the locations more than the athletes and lets landscapes take center stage.
That’s not to say the film lacks star power: Cody Townsend, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Jeremy Jones, Angel and Johnny Collinson, Ian MacIntosh, Elyse Saugstad, Clayton Vila, Tim Durtschi, and so many more grace the screen. Durtschi is arguably the MVP—the only rider with a solo segment. The film also isn’t above a little family business, with co-director Todd Jones’s son, 13-year-old Kai, snatching up ample screen time. Still, Kai holds his own alongside Tim Durtschi, and the rest of the athletes in the movie.
Winterland’s loose narrative about the power of nature and connecting with these special places, is probably preaching to the choir, given the average TGR viewer. Despite this thin story layer, the skiing (and a small bit of snowboarding) is really what’s on display.
While TGR has matured—most of the goofy stuff is relegated to the credits sequence—the ski bum roots are still there. It doesn’t matter if it’s Fabian Lentsch road tripping through Europe, Cam Riley sliding a rail at midnight behind a grocery store, or camping at a spot Johnny Collinson called “Spooky Ridge.” It’s all still skiing. And it’ll get you hyped for your own adventures in your personal Winterland.