Film trilogy culminates with ‘Higher’

By Jenn Sheridan · 

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Courtesy TGR | Ryland Bell in Alaska.

When: Sept. 6 | 6 p.m.
Where: KT Base Bar | Olympic Valley, Calif.
Admission: $15 premiere only | $20 includes after party; 21+ only

Join one of the most acclaimed big mountain snowboarders of our time as he takes viewers on an adventure to some of the biggest lines in far-off places across the world. In his newest release from Teton Gravity Research, 10-time Snowboarder Magazine Big Mountain Rider of the Year and National Geographic’s 2013 Adventurer of the Year, Jeremy Jones tackles some of the biggest lines he could imagine.

“For me, it really represents the progression I wanted to take with my snowboarding,” said Jones, who began the adventure in 2010 with the film “Deeper,” where he sought to push the boundaries of accessible terrain.

“There is only so much terrain that is accessible via snowmobile or helicopter,” said Jones. “In ‘Deeper,’ we took it one step further. If you want to go, you’re going to have to spend the night.”

Exploring locations that he had visited in previous trips, Jones took on a new perspective when searching for lines and created a movie that made skiers and riders rethink what could be done in the back country.

In the 2012 sequel, “Further,” Jones pushed the envelope, exploring new locations accessible only by multi-day expeditions to harsh and remote locations. The film earned him recognition from National Geographic, among others. However, Jones wasn’t ready to stop pushing himself just yet.

The feature-length “Higher” explores Jones’ career from hiking Jailhouse Hill in Cape Cod as a child to shredding signature lines in the Teton back country to exploring previously unclimbed or snowboarded spine walls in Nepal’s Himalayan mountains.

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Courtesy TGR | Jeremy Jones

“It feels really good to look back at all the energy. The mental and physical manpower that it took,” Jones says.

Jeremy co-directed the film with his brothers Todd and Steve, co-founders of Teton Gravity Research.

As he wraps editing the final installment of the snowboard trilogy at the time of this interview, he comments on the evolution of the process in creating each film. Not only has the snowboarding evolved to bigger, higher and more remote peaks, he says, but he and his crew also have developed their craft for storytelling through experimenting with filming and editing techniques.

However, after exploring the world, Jones’ still looks forward to finding new lines with local chargers right here in Tahoe. Much of the back-country terrain in the Sierra is mostly unexplored and unlocks the same sense of adventure as travelling to new locations, he says.

“I’m still finding new peaks and drainages,” said Jones, who also spends a lot of time on the hill with his family.

During the summer, he has the nearly the same enthusiasm for exploring the Tahoe outdoors. From mountain biking to rock climbing, SUP and skateboarding, Jones maintains his active lifestyle.

“I do all these sports a little bit, but come winter they’re totally irrelevant,” he said.

The release party begins at 6 p.m. on the KT Base Bar deck in the Village at Squaw Valley with a chance to meet the athletes who made “Higher” possible. Show up early to sample meals from local food trucks and mingle in the beer garden. Sponsors will be on hand giving out raffle prizes to benefit the High Fives Foundation.

Bring the camping chairs and blankets, but leave the dogs and backpacks at home. As well, attendees will receive 2 for 1 lift tickets to Squaw Valley.

Those 21 and older should stick around for the after party with DJs and dancing going late into the night. DJ Man-Cat is flying in from San Diego to headline this event. He has rocked the house from coast to coast including the House of Blues in Boston, Santa Monica pier and regular acts at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the premier or the movie, visit tetongravity.com. Tickets may also be purchased at The Ledge Board Shop, Full Belly Deli, Tahoe Dave’s, High Fives and Start Haus. TGR will be donating $1 per ticket from the premiere to support Protect Our Winters.