TGR’s latest features local Olenick |

TGR’s latest features local Olenick

Tim Mutrie
Carbondale's Peter Olenick seen here hucking at Snowmass is one of the stars of the latest Teton Gravity Research film "Soul Purpose." The movie screens at the Wheeler Opera House Saturday night. Photo courtesy Biege Jones.

Life hasn’t changed much for Carbondale’s Peter Olenick since he won two medals at the X Games last winter.On second thought, the 20-year-old professional freeskier has noticed a few subtle differences.”It’s gotten a lot easier and a lot busier. I don’t know, it’s pretty much the same as before, except for now, everywhere I get to go, I get paid for. So that makes it a lot nicer,” Olenick said this week.

Olenick, whose younger brother Michael is featured in the latest Warren Miller movie, makes his third straight appearance in Teton Gravity Research’s annual release – this year it’s “Soul Purpose” – which debuts in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House Saturday night. Show times are at 8 and 10 p.m., and tickets cost $12Shot on vibrant 16 mm film, the movie features Olenick hucking himself off a step-up jump at Keystone. “So they put this jump a 100 feet back from a built-up cornice, and a lot lower than it, and you had to jump up onto the cornice,” said Olenick. “It was pretty cool.”According to TGR, “Soul Purpose” takes an introspective look at the driving forces behind an athlete’s devotion to skiing and boarding, and its lifestyle. In addition to Olenick’s step-up sequences, the film features Sage Cattabriga-Alosa executing his laid-back and stylish assaults of big-mountain lines, Jeremy Jones being long-lined into a 3,000-foot-long couloir via helicopter, and Erik Roner BASE-jumping on skis off 3,000-foot-high cliffs in Italy.

TGR crews filmed in places like Bulgaria; Russia; Mica Creek, B.C.; Tulsequah, B.C.; Wyoming; Oregon; Utah and Alaska. TGR also made its first East Coast trip to visit Stowe, Vt., and filmed with the likes of Andy Woods, Thomas Rinfret and Tanner Rainville.Other featured athletes include Chris Collins, Jeremy Nobis, Jamie Pierre, Skogan Sprang, Marc-Andre Belliveau, Victoria Jealouse, Candide Thovex, Jonny Law, Will Burks, Micah Black, Shroder Baker, Dan Gardiner and others.As for Olenick’s overall appraisal? “Pretty sweet; a good little movie about skiing. Lot of fun trips and all that stuff,” he said.

As for the winter ahead, Olenick promises to be busy.”I’m gonna do all the major competitions – the U.S. Open, X Games, Bumps and Jumps and all that stuff. Then I’ll spend the rest of the winter traveling around filming movie sections. And that pretty much takes up all the time you can have,” said Olenick.The Aspen screenings of “Soul Purpose” benefit in part GrassRoots TV, the nation’s original community television station.Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is

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