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Teton Gravity Research (TGR), is the global leader in action and adventure lifestyle media. Alternately, Helly Hansen has long been the maker of the most protective outdoor apparel on the planet. Now these two legends have joined forces and announced the collaborative release of Peak Evolution, starring former ski racer turned pro skier Jim Ryan.

The film, which premiered yesterday, was shot in TGR’s backyard at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Teton National Park, as well as in Alaska. Throughout the movie, it details Ryan’s ski education and progression. From Jackson Hole newcomer to one of the most determined big-mountain skiers in the world Ryan is now featured athlete in TGR’s 27th annual film, Magic Hour.

Finding Mecca in Jackson Hole

Originally and East coast skier, Ryan was raised on the slopes of Killington. There began a two-decade-long racing career that when it was over, left Ryan lost and unsure of what to do next. Then, an unexpected call from a friend “saved” him, and Ryan found himself in the Mecca of big mountain skiing: Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

One Run at a Time, a Big Mountain Prodigy Emerges

With a desire to learn and be mentored, he committed to a path towards professional big mountain skiing one run at a time. Peak Evolution is a tribute to Ryan’s evolution and growth as a skier. Ryan tackles the Tetons’ notorious lines with the confidence of a seasoned veteran. Slicing through the unforgiving terrain on South, Middle, and Grand Teton he blends speed and finesse that is rarely seen on such technically demanding runs. Watching him navigate these slopes is a masterclass in precision and control. It’s a testament to the years of dedication he’s poured into his craft. This is Ryan’s coming-of-age story, one that leaves him firmly established as a must-watch TGR athlete.

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“Skiing has always been my favorite way to grow. It started at JHMR and it moved into Grand Teton National Park, and now I want to apply the skillset in bigger mountains,” Ryan said.

Learning from TGR Legends, Pushing the Limits

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Tackle bigger mountains he does, as Peak Evolution also recounts a trip to Petersburg, Alaska. There, Ryan undertook the challenge with TGR legends Griffin Post and Sam Smoothy and snowboarder Taylor Godber.

However, Peak Evolution is more than just a ski film. It is as much about education and collaboration as it is about elite skiing, and Ryan’s takeaways from the expedition show that even though he’s at the top of his profession, there’s much more to learn. You can now watch Peak Evolution on the TGR YouTube Channel and TGRtv.

Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après. He is also the co-host of the Beyond the Après podcast. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  @allaboutapres