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A powdery New Year's at Jackson Hole coincided with TGR's Fall Line camp.

This was a good week to be a grom. At Jackson Hole, Wyo., pro skier Chris Benchetler helped lead one of Teton Gravity Research's new Fall Line camps, designed for skiers and snowboarders from seventh to 12th grade looking to up their park and big-mountain skills. This is the first year TGR has offered the junior camps, which run all season long.

Plus, thanks to a much-needed storm that brought around 20 inches of snowfall to Jackson Hole over New Year's weekend, the kids also got to work on their powder skiing skills during the three-day camp. At the end, the campers got to edit footage shot during the last few days in the TGR studios.

"The TGR fall Line camp is a great concept," says Benchetler. "It really gives the kids an opportunity to push themselves, each other, and learn some of the ins and outs it takes to build a video segment. Another very cool part about the camp was the amount of kids it brought from all over the country ... I'm excited to see the progression from this year to next."

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Mike Hornbeck at his Hornbeck Hillbilly Hooplah ski camp.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, pro skiers Mike Hornbeck and Ahmet Dadali hosted the second annual Hornbeck Hillbilly Hooplah ski camp, which focuses on rail skills.

Even with the abnormally high temperatures that moved the camp to Trollhaugen Ski Area in Dresser, Wisc., from its normal location at Summit Boardshop's private rail park in Lake Elmo, Minn., young skiers traveled to the camp to spend three days skiing with Hornbeck and Dadali, who is currently offering sideline coaching due to a knee injury.

"It's amazing to see kids that learned how to slide a rail at last year's camp come back this year and are killing it," said Hornbeck.

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