japan by van

Japan by Van

Director: Nick Waggoner

Duration: 4 min 47 sec

There are no ski areas on the peaks above the historic village of Shirakawa-go, but it’s surrounded by great skiing—as long as you’re willing to hike for it. Join Carston Oliver, Eliel Hindert, Pep Fujas and Makoto Takeishi as they take to the hills to discover the meaning of “Deep” in the Shirakawa backcountry. This Sweetgrass Productions short is Episode Two in Patagonia’s Find Away series.


shared lines

Shared Lines

T-Bar Films

Duration: 6 min 58 sec

The Vermont Backcountry Alliance (VTBC) is taking strides toward increasing access to terrain through the clearing and opening of the Braintree Mountain Forest in Braintree, Vermont. And in their latest film, Shared Lines, Vermont-based T-Bar films matches VTBC’s story with stoke from last year’s deep Vermont winter.



Filmmaker: Thomas Woodson

Duration: 3 min 58 sec

Episode 3 of the Connections Web Series – featuring Marshall Thomson and Donny Roth – was filmed in Crested Butte, Colorado. Uphill skiing has played a central role in the local community ever since a brave mail carrier named Al Johnson shuttled letters over the area’s many high mountain passes in the late 1800’s. Suffice to say, the gear is a lot more advanced these days, but the routine nature of uphill ski travel still remains.


Weight of Winter

The Weight of Winter

Directed by: Ben Sturgulewski

Duration: 4min 20sec

A massive snowstorm consumes Hokkaido, crushing everything under wind and snow with unrelenting force. Three wanderers push forward through the blindness of this elemental world, all the weight of winter pressing down upon them.


Do you have a film that embodies the joy of being in the Backcountry? Does it take place in Winter?  Are you using human power in your adventure?

What are we looking for in a film?  We like winter faceshots and epic skiing but we also want to be inspired and share a good story.  Tell us who you are and why you are out in the backcountry. We also like stories of conservation and environmental issues that impact winter recreation.

Your film should be no longer than 25 minutes

Submitting is FREE and the deadline is Sept 15th

Contact Keili Bell for more info kbell@winterwildlands.org