“Peak Obsession,” a film by Bjarne Salen, is playing in the Backcountry Film Festival

Winter Wildlands Alliance just wrapped up a weekend full of events: the world premiere of the 15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival, the Snowball fundraiser for SnowSchool, and the three-day Grassroots Advocacy Conference. In Boise, Idaho, the “Wild Weekend” was a chance to showcase all that happens in the Winter Wildlands Alliance office. But it was also an opportunity to connect people with each other, to share knowledge and experience, and to inspire.

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.

Sawyer Thomas and friends spend six months following the adventures of pioneer John Colter across the Yellowstone and the Tetons.

Sawyer Thomas and Riis Wilbrecht | Time TBD

Cody Townsend has set out on an audacious goal, a never been done before feat, to climb and ski all 50 lines chronicled in the book, “The Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America”. Developed into a widely successful follow-along web series, Peak Obsession dives into the depths of the mindset behind the project told through the story of two of the most challenging lines in the book. Joined by legendary snowboarder Jeremy Jones, along with cameraman Bjarne Salen, they set out on an adventure rife with challenge, exhaustion, steeps and a little bit of schadenfreude.

Cody Townsend and Bjarne Salen | 32 min 31 sec