Once you watch the movie Higher, featuring backcountry snowboarder Jeremy Jones, you may never look at the sport same way again.
A sold-out crowd packed into East Broadway’s liquor-friendly Rio Theatre on Wednesday night to watch the Vancouver premiere of the film, documenting Jones’ adventures that ultimately take him to the Himalayan Mountains for one final ride. Jones was even on site and briefly addressed enthusiastic theatregoers before the lights dimmed, ending by simply saying, “Let’s have an awesome winter, Vancouver.”
The movie — fittingly presented by all-wheel drive specialist Subaru — starts off by exploring the early days of the legendary boarder. Non-winter sports enthusiasts may not know of Jones storied past, but everyone watching certainly did, cheering and clapping each time a spectacular stunt was displayed. His brothers, Todd and Steve Jones, were introduced on screen, and are also the co-founders of Teton Gravity Research. The action sports media company put together this film, as well as the other two in the trilogy titled Deeper and Further, respectively.
The company is named after the Grand Teton National Park, which encompasses a mountain range in the western United States where Jones spent much of his youth snowboarding. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the story shows the now-39-year-old mastering what him and his colleagues call “hills,” eventually moving on to sheer faces in Alaska and then finally Nepal where he conquers his biggest challenge.
“I have set up my life around finding and riding the planet’s best mountains for snowboarding, and Higher represents the pinnacle achievements in my life as a snowboarder,” says Jones in a news release.
The Higher film tour continues across the United States and Canada. To see the schedule, visit: http://www.tetongravity.com/films/jeremy-jones-higher/tour.