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Prophetic film shows future of extreme snowriding

Wren Wertin
Special to the DailyGravity-defying stunts are all in a day's work for TGR riders.
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And the folks at Teton Gravity Research (TGR) find every loophole in that law they can. Their latest ski/snowboard movie, “Prophecy,” looks at the future of snowriding, and they pick up speed along the way. It will be shown at 8150 in Vail tonight as part of a party/fund-raiser for John “Eef” Efraimson, currently battling cancer. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Live music by the Henry Parsons Project will follow the film.

“Skiing is exciting because there are so many facets to the sport,” said event organizer Jeff Tryon. “From racing, to the jib scene, to “freeskiing’ – which is really a label attached to something very simple – skiing with your friends and enjoying the outdoors.”

“Prophecy” opens with an animated short, a cross between a Play Station game and the classic “Grease” intro. Caricatures of the film’s stars highlight personality traits.



The film is classic TGR with a large ensemble of riders, including Micah Black, Jeremy Jones, Kent Kreitler, Scot Schmidt, Travis Rice, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Marc Andre Belliveau. Cattabriga-Alosa will be at tonight’s party.

“The best scene in the movie is definitely Micah Black’s segment,” he said. “The terrain is so unbelievably technical, difficult, and even punishing, yet he is such an extraordinary athlete that he makes it look easy. Plus the attached soundtrack only enhances the excitement.”



Filmed on location in Slovakia, Alaska, Bella Coola, Andorra, Island Lake, Jackson Hole and many more places, it offers segment after segment of daredevil attempts amidst music and the occasional commentary.

“This film is totally progressive and different from what everyone else

is doing,” said Tryon. “It fuses two integral parts of the current freeskiing scene: jib (terrain park and pipe riding) and big mountain skiing, to produce something entirely different and so advanced that people are only just realizing the potential.”



Because the movie premier is a fund-raiser, raffle tickets will be sold for a variety of gear, including Volkl Vertigo G-4 and Dynastar Jeremy Nobis Inspired skis, Boeri helmets, The North Face clothing, Smith Sport Optics and a guided trip to Silverton Mountain Resort.

The Henry Parsons Project will take the stage after the movie.

“They are by far the best Panic/Bloodkin tribute band I’ve heard,” said Yvette Reed or the Vail Valley Foundation.

For more information call 8150 at 479-0607. The party begins at 8:30 p.m.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.


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