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TGR Premieres 'Fire on the Mountain' at Visa Big Air presented by Land Rover

By Lara Carlton
December, 3 2019
Mammoth Mountain
Jeremy Jones, Danny Davis, Kimmy Fasani, surfing icon Rob Machado, and skiers Michelle Parker and Chris Benchetler painting their lines at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area during an epic night shred. (Teton Gravity Research - Aaron Blatt)

Adrenaline junkies and Deadheads of Atlanta rejoice! Not only are U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the Atlanta Braves bringing you Olympic-level skiing and snowboarding, but in partnership with Teton Gravity Research (TGR), will be premiering highly anticipated “Fire on the Mountain” in SunTrust Park ahead of freeski big air competition on Saturday, December 21. 

"We are excited to be sharing Fire on the Mountain and segments from Winterland on the huge screen at the Big Air competition in Atlanta,” said Todd Jones, Co-Founder of Teton Gravity Research. “Since we founded Teton Gravity Research 24 years ago, our mission has been to inspire - we look forward to bringing our films and the TGR energy to such a large scale event, in a region that isn't normally known for ski and snowboard events.”

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“Fire on the Mountain” comes from the mind of Chris Benchetler, and this short film features a cast of some of the world’s best athletes on an improvisational journey of skiing, snowboarding, surfing, and music, complete with a soundtrack comprised of only Grateful Dead music. Narrated by Hall of Fame basketball player and television sportscaster Bill Walton, with music supervision by David Lemieux (audiovisual archivist and legacy manager for the Grateful Dead), “Fire On The Mountain” features some of action sports’ most legendary athletes: snowboarding’s Jeremy Jones, Kimmy Fasani, U.S. Snowboard Team alumnus Danny Davis, surfing icon Rob Machado, and skiers Michelle Parker and Chris Benchetler. This visual journey features never seen before visual effects within nature and original artwork by Benchetler and Skye Walker.

Tim Durtchi in Jackson Hole
Tim Durtschi deep in some Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Powder. (Teton Gravity Research)

Attendees of Friday’s snowboard big air and Saturday’s free ski big air competitions will also be treated to segments of TGR’s newest feature-length film “Winterland” throughout the weekend. “Winterland” is a celebration of ski and snowboard culture just as is the Visa Big Air presented by Land Rover. Spectators will not only be wowed by elite competition as skiers and riders complete tricks 80-100 feet through the air off of a 15-story steel scaffold jump covered in 800 tons of snow, but also by the insane visuals featured in these films. Through the partnership with TGR, fans from all sides of the ski and snowboard industry - competitive, big mountain and film - will have something to celebrate in what is sure to be the ultimate winter kick-off party in Atlanta. 

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Tim Durtschi sending it with a beautiful Jackson Hole backdrop. (Teton Gravity Research - Todd Ligare)