The Lineup for the Backcountry Film Festival

The 15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival will be screening documentaries and ski movies about athletic pursuit in the mountains, artistic vision, friendship, and how the snowsports community is adapting to a changing environment. Premiering in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, Oct 25 at The Egyptian Theatre, the Backcountry Film Festival will be traveling to mountain towns across the country and the world throughout the fall and winter. 

Film Descriptions:

Peak Obsession

By Bjarne Salen

Cody Townsend has embarked on an audacious goal to ski all of the lines chronicled in “The Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America.” This documentary follows Townsend as he climbs and skis two of the most challenging lines in the book. Joined by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones, the crew sets out for an adventure rife with challenge, exhaustion, steeps, and a little bit of schadenfreude.

movie poster for Cant Ski Vegas in the Backcountry Film Festival

Can’t Ski Vegas

By Joey Schusler, Ben Page, and Thomas Woodson

Some people channel their angst for an upcoming wedding into the slot machines in Las Vegas. Others raft a remote river in search of ski lines. Can’t Ski Vegas follows a crew of skiers as they withdraw into the wild and ski lines in northern Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Without distractions, cell service, or emails, the friends invest in the purposeful time of being together. 

A Climb for Equality

By Rylo and Caroline Gleich

Ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich understands why only 11 percent of the people standing on the world’s tallest summits are women. In this world of technical ascents, women encounter barriers to belonging—not to mention how hard it is to find gear in a woman’s size. Last spring, Gleich climbed Mount Everest, and by documenting her journey, she invites women to join her in overcoming the challenges of mountaineering.

The frame for Drawn to High Places a movie in the backcountry film festival

Drawn to High Places

By Nikki Frumkin and Outdoor Research

Artist Nikki Frumkin balances chaos, power, and beauty in her watercolor paintings of the Pacific Northwest’s most dramatic mountain ranges, breathing a new life and sense of wonder into landscapes cherished by all.

Endless Winter: Chapter One

By Nikolai Schirmer

Norwegian pro skier Nikolai Schirmer launches a winter-long project to ski with a lower carbon footprint. Joined by friends Krister Kopala and Eirik Verlo, Schirmer sets off into the darkness of Norwegian winter.

a movie poster for khutrao in the backcountry film festival


By Agreste Chile

A group of splitboarders explore the snow-capped mountains of the Mapuche ancestral lands. Guided by a member of the Mapuche, the group learns about the ancient bonds tied to these mountains. 


By Luigi Dellarole

In the Alps, a group of kids learn how to ski off piste, read different types of terrain, and approach the mountain with confidence. This ski movie is about individuality in a mountain setting.

Climate Change in the Kennels

This is a documentary that explores how climate change is affecting the lives of the mushers and dogs who travel in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Leave Nice Tracks

By Dan Cirenza, Marius Becker, and Kyle Crichton

This documentary follows a few Vermonters who are working in the mountains to make the backcountry more sustainable, safe, and accessible for all who wish to enjoy it. 

A movie poster for a film about John Colter in the Backcountry Film Festival

Colter: A Legacy of Adventure

By Sawyer Thomas and Riis Wilbrecht

Filmmaker and skier Sawyer Thomas follows the path of John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, through Yellowstone and the Tetons.

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