Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Gravity Research teamed up to create a dream camp for teens. The unique camp takes aspiring big mountain skiers and riders on the slopes with professional athletes and introduces them to the world of ski filmmaking.
The camp, a spinoff of Jackson Hole's popular Fall Line freeride camps for teens, goes one step further by adding TGR athletes, filming and editing footage. It seems a natural extension of programs TGR and Jackson Hole already have for teens.
"We've always been into the youth movement and the up-and-comers," TGR founder Todd Jones said. "We started the Grom Contest and created an environment for kids to upload videos to site."
The two-year-old Grom Contest has produced two 12-year-old winners who get the chance to film with TGR.
The TGR Fall Line Camp evolved from TGR's interest in promoting youth programs and an idea sparked by Zahan Billimoria from JHMR.
"We wanted to do something more actively," Jones said. "Jackson Hole already had their Stash Park and the Anomaly Team, and Zahan brought up the idea of letting kids ski with our athletes and showing kids what we do while filming."
The camp, which is scheduled for Dec. 29-31, puts teens with JHMR instructors and two professional TGR film athletes—Dash Longe and Chris Benchetler. Both appear in TGR's current film One For The Road, now on tour.
Meet Dash Longe, if you don't already know him, in this Powder TV Athlete Profile from TGR:
The TGR Fall Line Camp targets middle and high school aged skiers and riders with intermediate to advanced skills. Skiers and riders should be able to navigate all terrain in varied snow conditions.
"They get to ride around like a bunch of Hollywood rock stars with TGR," Billimoria said. "It's a one-of-a-kind program."
Instruction will focus on improving fundamentals while teaching skills for dropping cliffs and chutes, jibbing and picking good lines. Safe decision-making is built into every day.
One morning, the camp entourage will hop on the pre-public Tram to test helmet cams with Longe and Benchetler. Another day includes a half-day session in Corbet's Couloir or the chutes with TGR filming Longe, Benchetler and the kids. That session will allow participants to see how TGR turns shots into video when TGR takes the kids into the studio for film work—editing the footage and choosing music to go with it. Kids will get the inside scoop on a few film trade secrets to help in producing their own footage after the camp.
TGR Grom Contest winner Daniel Tisi, who will be filming this winter with TGR, plans to join the camp to ski for a day. He'll share his experiences of filming and competing.
The camp costs $555 or $645 with a three-day lift ticket included. Find more information on the camp here.
Get a peek at Chris Benchetler skiing in France filming with TGR for One For The Road. This segment also includes Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Wiley Miller.