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It’s our 14th Annual Festival season and we’re ready to dive deep into the powder with our film line-up announcement! As the backcountry community’s leading film festival, this year will host a variety of films focusing on education, advocacy, diversity, and environment.

Premiering in our hometown of Boise, ID on Saturday, Nov 3 at The Egyptian Theatre, the Backcountry Film Festival will then hit the road through the winter months to over 100 mountain towns around the world. The tour serves as a fundraising and education tool for local grassroots organizations and backcountry communities as well as travels the globe exploring themes connected to Winter Wildlands Alliance’s mission of promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands.

We’re stoked to announce the following films as part of our 2018-19 production:

Ode to Muir

Teton Gravity Research – Our exclusive Festival cut of Ode To Muir speaks the entire feature-length film as professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones joins forces with two-time Olympian Elena Hight to embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness.

Ski the Wild West

In 2017 Drew Petersen sought to ski the 11 highest peaks in the American West on one epic road trip. Accompanied by filmmaker and Winter Wildlands Alliance Ambassador, Thomas Woodson, this film is sure to be a pleasant walk down memory lane for anyone who has adventured throughout the West.

The Abbey

DPS Cinematic – A spiritual view into any snowbird’s head waiting for the season to start.

The Backcountry Snowsports Initiative

In this upbeat, Sunday morning op-ed of a short film we learn about the human-powered recreation advocacy organization, the Backcountry Snowsports Initiative, and their annual hut trip near Leadville, Colorado where they host a variety of stakeholders to ski, cook, talk about winter recreation policy

Abandoned

Another exclusive Festival cut focusing on Berthoud Pass, a crew of backcountry skiers set out to explore Colorado’s lost ski areas hopes to find adventure amongst the ruins.

Blue

Blue is a testament to the inherent creativity, innovation and strength forged in women of the north. In it we present a spectacle of winter innovation—the icy playground providing a visual journey as never seen before by bike.

I Am Here

“My parents never even thought about climbing a mountain.” Yesenia grew up living in a small farmer’s cabin in the apple orchards of Oregon’s Hood River Valley. Watch Yesi’s journey to climb Mount St. Helens and pursue her American dream.

Surfer Dan

Beyond the tale of his frosted beard, this is a story about Dan Schetter’s passion for surfing and how he credits the sport to saving his life.

Searching for Christmas Tree

A university teacher looking to break free from a life of routine in China and a mysterious frozen waterfall that no one knows the whereabouts, spins this story of seemingly futile quests and ultimately transcending climb.

Westward: Brennan Lagasse

An important message from Winter Wildlands Alliance Ambassador, educator and athlete, Brennan Lagasse, on the significance and the impact of the backcountry.

We hope to see you this season and Keep Winter Wild together! Email Melinda Quick, Backcountry Film Festival Manager, with any questions about how to see the Festival in your mountain town: mquick@winterwildlands.org.

Adventure with the Winter Wildlands Alliance in our hometown for our first annual “Wild Weekend” Friday, Nov 2 – Saturday, Nov 3, 2018.

Join the Treasure Valley backcountry community as we dive deep into the heart and soul of the winter human-powered experience and raise funds supporting the Alliance’s advocacy and education efforts – both local and national.

4th Annual SnowBall: A Ski Bum Gala

Begin your Wild Weekend dancing the night away at the 4th Annual SnowBall: A Ski Bum Gala on Friday, Nov 2 at 7:00 PM at the Linen Building. Benefitting SnowSchool and our local site at Bogus Basin, this event promises delicious food, drinks, silent/live auction items, and live music provided by Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. Event page and tickets here.

14th Annual Backcountry Film Festival World Premiere

After you dance the night away with your fellow ski bums, join us the following evening, Saturday, Nov 3 for the 14th Annual Backcountry Film Festival World Premiere! Climate action, environmental preservation, natural resources, snow culture, and of course, POW SHOTS: you’ll find it all in the award-winning line-up. Films, drinks, raffle and auction prizes galore – this is the traditional event of the winter season you cannot miss! Pre-party at the North Face store in downtown Boise from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM featuring local band, Red Light Challenge. Film Festival doors open at 6:00 PM and films start at 7:00 PM at the Egyptian Theatre. Event page and tickets here.

We can’t wait to see you there! Email info@winterwildlands.org with questions.

House Bill 496 will allow the Director of Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to be appointed by a Governor, rather than by a diverse board. The board is selected by the Governor but because it’s a diverse group, they’ve always appointed a Parks and Rec. Director based on merit, not political affiliation. HB 496 would change this, and as an additional causality, forfeit Harriman Ranch State Park.

To understand why here’s a quick review of Idaho history:

In 1965 Idaho Governor Robert E. Smylie created the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) and its board to professionally manage the state parks. With knowledge of how drastically different natural resources were managed with each political turnover, and motivated by the Harriman brothers’ ranch donation – which was incumbent on the establishment of a professional Parks and Rec agency – Smylie decided the Parks Director should be hired by a board, based on merit alone, free from partisanship.

Currently, the Department of Parks and Recreation is governed by a board of six people, each representing a different region in Idaho. Board members are appointed by the Governor based on professional relevance. The board has the power “to appoint a director to serve at its discretion” (Title 67, Chapter 42, Idaho Code). HB 496 would remove the board’s appointment powers and hand it directly to the Governor, undoing decades of tradition of merit-based, collective hiring.

Not only that, because Harriman Ranch State Park was donated to the State of Idaho only as long as IDPR staff are not politically appointed, this bill could result in the return of the park to the Harriman family. Harriman State Park is a special place for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and winter photographers and it’s loss would be felt acutely by the Idaho winter recreation community.

Rep. Joe Palmer (R-Meridian) introduced HB 496 to undo Governor Smylie’s legacy. It was killed by a 6-6 split. But then, a couple days later, the bill was revived and passed out of committee to the House Floor.

If you live in Idaho and appreciate and support professional management of our natural areas and want to keep this Idaho gem in public hands, please contact your State Legislators and ask them to vote no on House Bill 496. All you need to do is fill in your information below, add a personal comment and your letter will be delivered to your legislators.

Fill out the letter below to send a letter to your state legislator on the issue.

Events

14TH ANNUAL WORLD PREMIERE!

Saturday, Nov 3, 2018

Tickets here!

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Pre-Party feat. Red Light Challenge, beer, and more giveaways at North Face (802 W Idaho St)

6:00 PM: Doors open at The Egyptian Theatre (700 W Main Street)

7:00 PM: Films start at The Egyptian Theatre

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is a celebration of the winter human-powered experience. Across North America this festival is a gathering place of the backcountry snow sports community. Adventure with the local backcountry community into the heart and soul of the winter human-powered experience. Climate action, environmental preservation, natural resources, snow culture, and of course, POW SHOTS: you’ll find it all in the award-winning 14th Annual World Premiere of the Backcountry Film Festival right here in our hometown of Boise, ID! Go to backcountryfilmfestival.org to find complete film program.

Live music, Sierra Nevada beer and other alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks, and tons or raffle prizes provided by our national and local sponsors – get your tickets before we sell out! Raffle and swag giveaways from Sierra Nevada, Clifbar, Outdoor Research, DPS Skis, Flylow, Osprey, YETI Coolers, Native Eyewear, Mountain Khakis, and Big Agnes. Local sponsors to be announced soon!

Want to get even more wild with us? Get a Wild Weekend pass so you have tickets to the Backcountry Film Festival premiere AND SnowBall, a SnowSchool fundraiser featuring live music from Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, dancing, food, beer and giveaways on Friday, Nov 2 at 7:00 PM at the Linen Building. Join the community for a weekend celebrating the backcountry, winning raffle and silent auction prizes, sharing some cinematic stoke, and raising funds for local non-profits.

And don’t forget to start at the Pre-Party of the winter season! Join us from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at The North Face in downtown Boise for a FREE and open to the public event featuring live music from local rockers Red Light Challenge, raffle prizes, beer, and tons of high fives all around! No Festival ticket or Wild Weekend pass required, so bring your friends!

Questions? Email us: info@winterwildlands.org.