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2015 Backcountry Film Festival




January 10 -- Salida
February 5 -- Boulder
February 13 -- Leadville
February 25 -- Grand Junction

Don't miss the Backcountry Film Festival's 10th Anniversary with nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films – from well-known filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work to first-timers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions.

The festival was created in 2004 to highlight Winter Wildlands Alliance’s efforts to preserve and promote winter landscapes for human-powered users. From a single showing in Boise that first year, the festival has grown to include showings in locations throughout the United States and Canada and now in Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Asia. Funds raised stay in local communities to support like-minded, human-powered recreation and conservation efforts and to raise awareness of winter management issues, avalanche training/safety and winter education programs.

The annual world tour of the Backcountry Film Festival highlights the beauty and fun of the winter backcountry experience. This film festival features the seasons best ski films - promoting the work of grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of the backcountry, non-motorized recreation and environmental preservation. Submissions come from renowned filmmakers who travel every corner of the globe to submit their best backcountry work and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best film short. The films are juried by a select panel of judges and the top films are assembled into a 90-minute program.


This year’s program includes:

Out on a Limb

from T-bar Films tells the story of Vasu, who’s love for skiing and the backcountry overcomes all obstacles.

Powder Pilgrimage

Best of the Backcountry Award winner,from Joey Howell, chronicles the ventures of two friends ski-bumming it to Valdez, Alaska, a trip we should all take once.

Backcountry Baker

Best Grassroots Film winner, by Jeremy Lurgio follows Labrador retriever Baker and his owner as they pursue their love of mountains
through backcountry skiing.

From the Road

by Fischer Creative portrays the balance between liberation and limitation as a group of athletes come together to help a skiing comrade gain
reconciliation with the Alaska peak where a 2009 accident ended his professional guiding career.


from Sweetgrass Productions is a revolutionary and visually spectacular film that brings a whole new light to skiing in the dark.

95 to Infinity

by Doglotion Media follows brothers Andy and Mike Traslin as they keep the torch lit for 95 months of winter turns.

IRS Traverse

by filmmaker Luc Mehl is fun and quirky adventure through the Alaska Wilderness


from SturgeFilms capture the dog days of skiing in Patagonia.


continues the journey of athlete Jeremy Jones as he reaches new heights. From Teton Gravity Research.