Get Snow Stoked: “Legend Has It” Ski + Snowboarding Film

Coming back to the Vail Valley on December 1, 2023

Underneath all the powder lies, arguably, the greatest sports history and happenings. Teton Gravity Research (TGR) had their Vail premier of Legend Has It at the Vail Mountain School theater October 12, 2023, and it’s coming back to the valley soon. The film features the world’s greatest shredders exploring Patagonia, the California Sierra, Alaska, Pakistan, Canada, Jackson Hole and of course our backyard: the Colorado Rockies. Check out the film at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on December 1, 2023.

“This year’s annual film taps into these legendary tales — be it mystical storm cycles, heroic feats or whispers of fantastical terrain,” TGR co-founder, Todd Jones, says.

360 view atop of a run from the film

Photo by Chloe Wasserstrom

Out of 28 years of storytelling, I believe Legend Has It has the greatest TGR cinematography we have seen yet. Every shot combines a breathtaking mosaic of human and natural beauty. This remarkable production beckons us to not only cherish the snow but also treasure the radiant joy it bestows upon the world. In the captivating tapestry of the 2022/2023 season, the snow shots transcend expectations, leaving viewers feeling they are the ones on the slopes. With each purposeful pole plant, the essence of the mountains’ rich history, vibrant present and promising future becomes palpable. The gratitude that envelops the locals is a testament to our profound connection with the delicate balance of nature, a connection that we are fortunate to share and must dutifully preserve.

The film successfully encapsulates the shredders’ personalities, allowing us to connect on a deeper level. This emotional connection to the athletes creates a powerful synergy, where their passion and dedication become a source of inspiration, emphasizing that the film not only captures the essence of the sport but also serves as a testament to the universal human spirit. At each location, athletes articulated what it personally meant for them to be a part of the specific legendary landscape. Longtime TGR athlete, Ian Micintosh explains his affinity for Alaska.

“After a several-year hiatus, I felt compelled to return to Alaska,” Micintosh says. “Time away from this legendary state left me hungry to go back. There’s truly no other place like it and it’s a place where many of my dreams have come true.”

The film pays homage to the unique cultures thriving within each mountain range. Throughout their journey, even though the team traveled to turn, they made it a mission to ensure sustainable representation of the people who call these mountains home. We witness athletes venturing alongside locals on traditional Pakistani transportation and partaking in heartfelt gatherings where they share in the feast of authentic Patagonian cuisine.

The evening was filled with sustainability efforts, raffles, prizes and camaraderie. All attendees had the opportunity to compete for grand prizes offered during the event. There were, and will continue to be, fantastic giveaways from Atomic, Volkl, Tincup Whiskey and Yeti. And of course, legendary TGR swag was passed out.

Audience excited for the raffles

Photo by Chloe Wasserstrom

Experience the mesmerizing locations and ski lore when TGR returns to the valley at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on December 1, 2023. The first showing of Legend Has It is scheduled for 4 p.m., followed by the second showing at 7 p.m. One step through the door and you will feel the yearn for adventure pulsating throughout the altitude, beckoning you to join your passionate community of adventurers who share your thirst for thrilling experiences and unforgettable stories. Grab your tickets here!