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Mountain Revelations – A TGR Film

Our friends at Teton Gravity Research (TGR) have long amped up audiences for snow season with adrenaline-packed film tours. You leave the theater with tunnel vision: “I’ve got to get to the mountains.”

The newest TGR film, Mountain Revelations, pulls double duty — delivering on jaw-dropping action while exploring a hard truth: access to snowboarding is not impartial.

Pro snowboarders Jeremy Jones, Ryan Hudson, and Rafael Pease embark on 10 human-powered days in Alaska’s Chugach Mountain Range. Grinding through harsh conditions, they find their epic lines but also examine their pasts. How did we get here? The three stories are wildly divergent.

Ryan grew up homeless in San Diego before an outreach trip to the mountains redirected his life. Rafael spent his youth bouncing between the U.S. and Chile, only strapping on a board at age 17. Cape Cod was home base for Jeremy whose family fostered his love for outdoor adventure.

Core elements differed — socioeconomic background, skin color, opportunity — but they each found their paths and passions in the mountains.

“Mountains don’t give a f–k what your gender is, what your race is, your culture, what struggles you had,” says Rafael in the film, “[They’re] not going to have empathy…”

Anyone can belong on these peaks, but depending on who are you, there’s plenty standing in the way. How does an industry confront and topple those obstacles?

Watch the film and keep the conversation going. Mountain Revelations premieres October 27 in Southern California before spending a month on the road.

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Meet The Athletes

Professional snowboarder Rafael Pease

Rafael Pease

Born in France to a Cuban mother and Chilean father, Rafael lived a transitory childhood, rotating between Florida, Texas, and Chile. When he discovered snowboarding at 17, it sparked a fresh connection to Mother Nature and inspired Rafael’s environmental science degree from the University of Colorado Boulder — conveniently near prime mountain snow.

But as he’s elbowed his way into the outdoor community, Rafael is starkly reminded of his Hispanic heritage and minority status. It’s a reality reflected in his own storytelling; Rafael runs a film company, Connections Movement, that leans into climate advocacy and racial justice.

Mountain Revelations was especially life changing for Rafael: he bid farewell to his Montana digs, drove north, and now calls Girdwood, Alaska home.

Professional snowboarder Ryan Hudson

Ryan Hudson

Revolving group homes and shelters put Ryan in survival mode as a kid. Then a snowboarding trip to Big Bear Mountain Resort, led by competitive skier Chris Rutgers and Outdoor Outreach, sparked new hope in Ryan — and a mentorship with Chris.

But home life wore on Ryan for years to come; the environments were plagued by poverty, drugs, and violence. Chris eventually bought Ryan a plane ticket to Utah where he scored a job at Snowbird’s famous Peruvian Lodge and tallied 135 days of winter riding.

Ryan never looked back. Today, he still lives in Salt Lake City where he established a snowboard mentorship program, #Streets2Peaks.

Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy was steeped in the outdoors from the get-go. On the slopes of Vermont, his parents had him on skis before he tried snowboarding at age nine.

“By [age] 12 I’m like, ‘I’m living in the mountains,’” Jeremy says.

He tried all types of riding, but Jeremy eventually found his livelihood: big mountains. (Let’s be real, the biggest mountains.) He moved West with his older brothers, TGR founders Todd and Steve Jones, to ride his favorite terrain and trailblaze the realm of human-powered backcountry snowboarding, even creating Jones Snowboards to make the right gear for pushing limits.

Jeremy’s fearless riding and global curiosity are staples of many TGR films, including the pioneering series Deeper, Further, and Higher as well as more recent projects like Roadless and Ode to Muir. And after decades in the mountains, Jeremy also has an urgency to preserve the landscape changing before his eyes. He founded the nonprofit organization Protect Our Winters (POW) to make climate advocacy easy, and impactful, for any outdoor enthusiast.

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