Stoke was high Wednesday night in Bellingham, WA, for the premiere of Teton Gravity Research‘s new movie Almost Ablaze. A healthy crowd of northwesterners poured into the regal Mt. Baker Theater, extatic to see what the IF3’s movie of the year had in store. Talk of prior frosty tales and the season yet to come could be heard echoing through the halls, accompanied by beers and smiles aplenty. Jibbers and backcountry gurus were congregating around the raffle table, hoping for a chance to win a custom shot ski, tickets to Mt. Baker and other schwag.
Almost Ablaze took viewers all the way to Bosnia for jibbing the war torn Sarajevo Olympic complex, into Teton National Park, WY for 5,000-foot earn-your-turn lines, to Sierra Nevea, Italy for entire mountain ranges of untouched, virgin powder, in addition to TGR’s usual AK shredding and more. The captivating cinematography and use of on-the-athlete microphones give you a sensory experience unlike any other ski film. And POV shots give you a first person perspective on the gnarly, sometimes-threatening lines that the athletes rip with expert precision.
The film also gives an insight to who these athletes are. Angel Collinson had an opening segment that will undoubtable be remembered as one of the most next level female segments to date, and she does it all while keeping spirits high with her spunk and personality. Tim Durtschi kept everyone laughing with his antics and his progressive skiing ingenuity. A psychedelic night skiing segment from Sage Cattabriga-Alosa spoke to his artistic side and gave a look into Sage’s creative mind. IF3’s Rookie of The Year, Nick McNutt made his debut appearance, leaving everyone wide-eyed at his uncanny ability to land switch into powder. Other athletes include Ian Mcintosh, Dylan Hood, Dane Tudor, Dana Flahr, Dash Longe, Chris Laker, Colter Hinchliffe, Griffin Post, Jeremy Collinson, Joss Christensen, Karl Fostvedt, Mark Carter, Max Hammer and Todd Ligare.
Once again, TGR and their athletes pushed the limits of big mountain and freestyle skiing as we know it. From dust-on-crust AK lines to Revelstoke pillow and powder popping to bullet holes and blunt grabs in Sarajevo, Almost Ablaze is a must see, especially if you are looking for winter inspiration.