Events

Wild places, wildlife, and quiet recreation are increasingly threatened by over-snow motor vehicle use on National Forest lands across the West. For many years, snowmobilers had virtual free rein on our forests, allowed to go anywhere their machines could carry them except designated Wilderness. Meanwhile, technological advances allowed people to push their machines deeper into the backcountry and climb ever-steeper terrain. However, a 2011 lawsuit brought by Advocates for the West on behalf of Winter Wildlands Alliance changed that—forcing the Forest Service to revise its travel management rule to require, for the first time, regulation of snowmobile use on National Forests.

Join Advocates for the West, WildEarth Guardians, and Winter Wildlands for our next Voices for the West webinar. We’ll discuss the evolution of winter recreation on our western National Forests, motorized impacts to wildlife and natural resources, and the need to conserve lands and soundscapes through hard-fought, science-based regulation. And, we’ll cover the latest on legal efforts to ensure wildlife habitats and quiet winter recreation receive the protections they deserve—including a twist; in some instances, it’s the Forest Service’s plans that conservation groups are now defending from snowmobile interests.

We believe in the power of humans and their spirit. Our mission is to manifest that power in communities through stories of activists, adventurers, and the outdoors to inspire and activate. Film lineup here.

This is the screening benefitting Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition. The films will be available to watch until Feb 15, 2021. Please visit our tour page for details on your local screening.

BCFF 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. 

The Backcountry Film Festival is a year-round, community program presented by Winter Wildlands Alliance that brings messages relevant to WWA’s mission and on-going stewardship, policy and advocacy initiatives throughout every season. A collage of human-powered stories and backcountry-inspired experiences, BCFF brings wild conversations and inspires action to communities that celebrate the present while looking towards the future.

The 16th 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.

Interested in hosting a screening of our 2020-21 BCFF season? Virtual and in-person screenings are currently being scheduled. Please visit our tour page to find your local screening or email Melinda Quick to set yours up.

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.

All proceeds from the Backcountry Film Festival will support the work of the Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition.

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.

All proceeds from the Backcountry Film Festival will support the work of the Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition.

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.

All proceeds from the Backcountry Film Festival will support the work of the Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition.