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Snowboard film “Roadless,” another illustrious project from Teton Gravity Research, is a trip, literally and figuratively. On one hand, it’s a chance for legendary snowboarders Bryan Iguchi, Travis Rice, and Jeremy Jones to embark on a grueling, human-powered trek through the Bridger-Teton National Forest in search of unridden lines. On the other hand, “Roadless” functions as a vehicle for contemplation for the trio, mining snowboarding’s soul to reflect on the journey they’ve each taken. Oh, and the snowboarding action is pretty damn killer, too.
Despite the lineup of snowboarding legends, the biggest star of “Roadless” is undoubtedly the untapped Bridger-Teton wilderness. And at 3.4 million acres, we do mean big. Billed as the most remote wilderness region in the lower-48, only accessible by human powered means, the crew commits to a 10-day trek into the unknown with a common goal of discovering incredible terrain. Of course, the crew scores repeatedly, logging S-tier shred footage. “Roadless” will certainly get the blood pumping, which isn’t surprising; you’re watching three of the best to ever do it.
However, “Roadless” is so much more than an action flick. For professionals used to jet setting around the globe in search of the steepest and deepest, ten days is a lifetime. But this trip offered the group a chance to slow down and quiet the noise; to reconnect. It sounds a bit cliché: Elder statesmen of the sport rehash their road to glory. The passion comes through on screen brightly and palpably, but genuinely, too. Sure, it’s striking to view images of the three men on a mission riding juxtaposed against the vast wilderness of Western Wyoming, but it’s just as engaging to hear them swap stories about Craig Kelly.
“Roadless” strikes an interesting balance. It has one foot firmly rooted in snowboarding’s storied past, kept alive through the stories of Iguchi, Rice, and Jones. Yet, it’s the same athletes who constantly redefine what’s possible on snow that allows the film to feel fresh and plugged in. It’s this dual act that makes “Roadless” so appealing: It’s a vital snowboard history lesson wrapped in a slick big mountain action movie—the best of both worlds.