Words by Fielding Miller

Photos by Mark Fisher

Premier multimedia action sports brand Teton Gravity Research (TGR) hosted its International Pro Riders Workshop (IPRW) last week at Snowbird, Utah. TGR's version of an NFL preseason camp, IPRW provides a stimulating workshop format through which the entire TGR crew learns and practices essential backcountry safety skills to prepare for the upcoming season.

The crew

TGR Lead Guide Kent Scheler talks about avalanche safety.

Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Center talks snowpack.

In addition to avalanche awareness and rescue training, this year's IPRW included 16 hours of certified Wilderness First Aid training, a ropes and pulleys workshop, and various training scenarios associated with trip and evacuation planning.

Steve Jones, Jeremy Jones, Forrest Shearer and Matt Philippi practicing in the field.

Jeremy Jones practices rope skills.

Seth Morrison digs a pit.

"TGR is committed to creating and maintaining a safety culture among field production crews and staff," says TGR Co-Founder Steve Jones. "We created IPRW as a continued commitment to professionalism in the mountains, and this year we further developed the program with our Lead Guide, Kent Scheler."