Kai Jones on the Importance of TGR's 2018 Grom Contest For the Future of Skiing

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Kai Jones giving the camera a little shower. Nic Alegre photo.

Editor’s Note: The 2018 #TGRgrom Contest is open and running through June 30, and we’re still looking for the ski and snowboard industry’s next star! If you or someone you know is under 18 and loves to ski, head to the contest page and submit a video for a chance to win one of the weekly, monthly, or grand prizes!

The contest is near and dear to our hearts, and the advent of the contest has inspired 11-year-old skier Kai Jones-who you may remember from his 2017 season edit or his escapades with Tim Durtschi-to share his thoughts in the letter below on why the #TGRgrom Contest is so important to the entire snow sports community.

Here's what Kai had to say:

Dear TGR community,

The #TGRgrom Contest is extremely important to Teton Gravity Research because it gives young guns an opportunity to ski in professional movies. It also allows kids to get their names out into the ski industry. Young skiers and snowboarders getting opportunities to ride in professional movies is very important for many reasons.

First, getting new athletes in ski movies is important because people want to see new athletes in films. Next, young athletes will inspire younger audiences. Young athletes inspiring younger audiences is important because it helps inspire new generations to be as good as the athletes in the films. Lastly, giving kids opportunities to ski in movies is a dream to most kids-but they can’t fulfill their dreams without the #TGRgrom Contest. In the end, young guns getting opportunities to ski in real movies is very important for these reasons.

Kai and Tim Durtschi have forged one hell of a friendship recently. Nic Alegre photo.

Allowing kids to get their names out is also very helpful for many reasons. First, the Grom Contest is the go-to contest to show people who you are. The Grom Contest provides the opportunity to discover new hot-shot talent. Next, kids getting their names out makes ski movies more interesting. I think this is important because it keeps our audience alive and stoked to see new things.

Lastly, groms getting their names out keeps the general sport of skiing alive. This keeps the sport of skiing alive because without new people pushing the boundaries of the sport the sport would die.

Kai gets a little airtime at Jackson Hole. Nic Alegre photo.

In conclusion, the #TGRgrom Contest is important for these reasons! If you are a grom and love to ski, you should submit a video!

- Kai Jones

“I am a grom. I love to ski and have a good time.”

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