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Sunday, December 25, 2011
TGR safety meeting

Learning the ropes at the recent TGR pro athlete safety workshop.

There's a lot that can go wrong in the backcountry. Avalanches, tomahawks, getting lost, dehydration, broken bones, hypothermia -- the list goes on. Whether access to help is provided by helicopters, snowmobile, lifts, or an athlete's two feet, the emergency response time is almost always extended and it's up to the athletes and crew to act as first responders to the scene. With this in mind, at the beginning of each season the Teton Gravity Research crew -- from athletes to producers -- assemble for four days to discuss how to avoid emergency situations and how to deal with them should they come up.

The International Pro Riders Workshop, which doubled as a kickoff to the 2012 production season, concluded this week at Snowbird, Utah. It included a two-day Wilderness First Aid course geared toward backcountry skiing and a two-day workshop on avalanches, mechanized backcountry travel, and group rescue scenarios. "It's nice to see a film company taking a lead role in snow safety and first aid," said TGR newbie Matt Philippi. "As a rookie on the program it gave me a sense that I'm working with a professional crew and a group of people that are taking everything seriously and doing everything they can to mitigate risks."