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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.

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, and 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, pursue her own American dream, and inspire Latinx outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.

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.

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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.

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.