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In this month’s policy update, we share what our grassroots groups have accomplished this season and all the ways our Alliance network has kept winter wild.

A collaborative working group has spent the past 30 years exploring ways to save the endangered population of bighorn sheep in the Tetons.

Across the US, we’re tracking the growing struggle to keep corporate ski resort development and ski area expansion out of the backcountry.

Join us in welcoming our newest WWA grassroots group, Leave Our Lands Alone Alliance!

The Forest Service is poised to permit commercial heli-skiing in Idaho’s Centennial Mountains. We need your help to keep helicopters out of this special place.

Events

The Backcountry Film Festival is a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues.

Check out the Festival’s full tour schedule here and the film line-up can be found here.

4 Days and 3 Nights at Sun Valley Trekking’s Coyote Yurt

Help protect our public lands while backcountry skiing with us.

Save the date and get your deposit in before all spots are gone!

Our annual backcountry yurt trip is set for March 1 – 4, 2022. Join Winter Wildlands Alliance Executive Director Todd Walton and WWA ambassador Rich Meyer for an unparalleled backcountry adventure in Idaho this winter!

From Sun Valley Trekking’s Coyote Yurt we’ll climb and ski pristine snow while embracing the wild winter landscapes of Idaho’s Smoky Mountains. Four days of guided skiing, three nights in a cozy yurt, wood stoves for heat, solar powered lanterns for light, bunks with mattresses, two comfortable outhouses, wood fired sauna, and a professional staff on site. Doesn’t get much better. Guests only need to bring their sleeping bags, clothes, and backcountry ski equipment. Check out this Google album from previous trips!

This fully guided and fully catered trip is limited to eight guests and always sells out. All trip proceeds benefit WWA and the work they do to protect the backcountry, which also means your trip payment is tax deductible. The cost is $2,000 per person (with an $800 deposit to secure your spot).

To learn more, contact WWA ambassador and trip leader, Rich Meyer, at Rich@RichMeyerAlpineGuide.com.

Join us to kick off the winter from the comfort and solitude of your car! We’ll be screening a double feature of our Best of Fest at 8:00pm followed by our 2020-21 season program at 10:00pm.
Our friends at The Spud Drive In have invited our community for a classic evening of wild winter films.
Tickets are $20 per car. You can purchase in advance (https://secure.everyaction.com/21m1v2OIFEOmWRwbQnlLtg2) or at the gate.
EVENING PROGRAM
6:00pm Gates Open
8:00pm Best of Fest
9:30pm Intermission
10:00pm BCFF 2020-21 Season
11:30pm End
Best of Fest trailer: https://vimeo.com/451371027

BCFF 2020-21 Season trailer: https://vimeo.com/473244917

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Join us to kick off the winter from the comfort and solitude of your car! We’ll be screening a double feature of our Best of Fest at 8:00pm followed by our 2020-21 season program at 10:00pm.
Our friends at Parma Motor-Vu have invited our community for a classic evening of wild winter films.
❄️ Snack bar will be open
❄️ Radio sound 106.7 FM
❄️ Dogs are welcome
❄️ No grills or bbqs, please
Tickets are $20 per car. You can purchase in advance (https://secure.everyaction.com/HChVufH8dkOzM8xWIFX2kw2) or at the gate. 230 car capacity for the evening.
EVENING PROGRAM
7:00pm Gates Open
8:00pm Best of Fest
9:30pm Intermission
10:00pm BCFF 2020-21 Season
11:30pm End
Best of Fest trailer: https://vimeo.com/451371027

BCFF 2020-21 Season trailer: https://vimeo.com/473244917

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A collection of our best films from the past 15 seasons, Backcountry Film Festival’s “Best of Fest” will bring us all together to get stoked for the upcoming tour and winter. While we wish we could engage you all in a binge-watching fest of all seasons past in a cozy theatre in your hometown, we figured this would be the next best thing.
Our Best of Fest is hosted virtually and/or in-person by local grassroots groups, backcountry retailers, and other community members. We highly encourage you to attend your local screening or intentionally choose what screening you purchase tickets for (and if you don’t have one, reach out so we can schedule one for you!).

Funds raised go back to your local backcountry community, so it’s vital you “show” up from the comfort of your own home for the host(s)/location(s) that are near and dear to your heart.