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Backcountry Film Festival 2020


Calling all “go big or go home” winter enthusiasts! Get ready to get goosebumps while you “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” at the impact and importance of our winter wildlands through this collection of short films. 

Produced each year as a celebratory, backcountry community event by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the 15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival film line-up is full of snowy, cinematic adventure sure to inspire both the local backcountry and general communities. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snow sports experience on public lands.


Salida - January 18, 2020

Telluride - January 19, 2020

Colorado Springs - January 24, 2020

Golden - January 30, 2020

Carbondale - Febraury 8, 2020

Boulder - Februrary 13, 2020

Grand Junction - February 20, 2020

Pagosa Springs - February 21, 2020

Fort Collins - March 3, 2020

Leadville - March 7, 2020

Estes Park - March 19, 2020

Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup.
Films in this year’s program include:


Can’t Ski Vegas (10:43) Joey Schusler, Ben Page, Thomas Woodson
Some people channel their angst for an upcoming wedding into the slot
machines in Las Vegas. Others raft a remote river in search of ski lines.

Drawn to High Places (5:28) Elise Giordano + Outdoor Research
Artist Nikki Frumkin balances chaos, power, and beauty in her watercolor
paintings of the Pacific Northwest’s most dramatic mountain ranges.

Endless Winter: Chapter 1 (14:01) Nikolai Schirmer
A winter-long project to ski with a lower carbon footprint.

KHUTRAO (12:30) Agreste Chile
A group of splitboarders explore the snow-capped mountains of the Mapuche
ancestral lands to learn the ancient bonds tied to these mountains.

Leave Nice Tracks – Festival Cut (4:00)
Vermonters are working in the mountains to make the backcountry more
sustainable, safe, and accessible for all who wish to enjoy it.

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A Climb for Equality (7:00) Caroline Gleich + Rylo
Last spring, Gleich climbed Mount Everest, and by documenting her journey, she
invites women to join her in overcoming the challenges of mountaineering.

Colter: A Legacy of Adventure – (6:00) Sawyer Thomas + Riis Wilbrecht
Filmmaker and skier Sawyer Thomas follows the path of John Colter, a member
of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, through Yellowstone and the Tetons.

Backflippers (3:41) Luigi Dellarole
In the Alps, a group of kids learn how to ski off piste, read different types of
terrain, and approach the mountain with confidence.

Climate Change in the Kennels (3:33) Denali National Parks
This is a documentary that explores how climate change is affecting the lives of
the mushers and dogs who travel in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Peak Obsession (32:30) Cody Townsend + Bjarne Salen
Joined by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones, Cody Townsned sets out for
an adventure rife with challenge and a little bit of schadenfreude.