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Sunday, September 18, 2011
The faces of TGR

By Griffin Post

Rachael Burks, Sage Cattabriga Alosa, Griffin Post, and Ian McIntosh, stars of the new TGR film.

[Editor's note: Teton Gravity Research premiered their new film, "One for the Road," Saturday night in Jackson, Wyo. Here, TGR athlete Griffin Post post gives us a play by play of the evening. The film will now be touring to theaters acround the country.]

4:47 p.m: Autograph session begins for the early show. My absence of one-lines is astounding, and my fear of making a spelling mistake limits me to hard hitting scribbles such as "Go big!" and "Ski Hard!"

5:15 p.m.: The swag toss kicks off and I find one kid in the back of the audience who's particularly excited. I try to hurl him some gear. I miss ... 12 times. He ends up empty handed but everybody around him is really, really stoked on me.

5:34 p.m.: Lights dim for the early show and I make a b-line for the door to sneak in some grub for what will undoubtedly be a long evening.

6:58 p.m.: The early show empties out. I try to read the faces of people exiting. They seem stoked on the flick ... or the handfuls of swag they're carrying like firewood.

7:31 p.m. Back signing posters. My confidence is building and I start questioning why I'd been holding back earlier in the night.

7:32 p.m.: I realize I've been spelling "shredding" wrong all night. Sweet.

8:25 p.m.: Gear toss round two: I'm go for distance this time. I throw out my shoulder and silently congratulate myself for likely being the first skier to sustain a premiere-related injury.

8:45 p.m.: Lights dim and people start screaming. The energy is crazy.

8:51 p.m.: Todd Ligare appears on top of Cardiac in Jackson Hole. I know what's coming and so does the audience. Todd punts a 100-foot-plus front flip and skis out of it.

8: 53 p.m.: The Jackson montage continues, capturing the unreal season we had here.

8:56 p.m.: Moving to Alaska and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa. It blows me away how someone can flow down the mountain so smoothly and effortlessly.

9:01 p.m.: The Sage show continues -- at times I wish I could stop and rewind.

9:07 p.m.: Now onto Baldface, BC, with Dash Longe, Dylan Hood, Cattabriga-Alosa and Grete Eliassen. The pillows and powder make me wish we could skip October and November.

9:15 p.m.: The trip to Macedonia and Montenegro would make just about anybody want to be a pro skier.

9:31 p.m.: Back in Jackson, Rachael Burks punts a massive front flip that makes most of the men in the room blush.

9: 41 p.m.: Rory Bushfield, Nick Martini and Byron Wells turn Iceland into their own playground. The jibs they built would get them arrested anywhere else.

9:47 p.m.: Ian McIntosh breaks his femur in Alaska. The extremely raw footage makes me queasy every time I see it.

9:51 p.m.: The film backtracks to Mac's early season. It's pretty apparent how on fire he was.

9:54 p.m.: Tom Wallisch, Dylan Hood, and Mike Riddle melts faces in the crowd at the late season backcountry booter session. The cinematography is equally face melting.

9:57 p.m.: Back to Alaska for the closing segment. Getting to see Todd Ligare charge mountains he's been trying to get to his entire life makes it more than just the standard closer.

10:01 p.m.: Lights come on and the crowd's out of hand .. and this time, I'm sure it's not because of the free swag.