Backcountry Film Festival - Jan 7, 9, and Feb 4

Join your fellow lovers of the Snow Less Traveled, for a fun and fabulous evening at Bellevue, Seattle, or Tacoma showings of the 11th Annual Backcountry Film Festival! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, families welcome!
Cheryl Talbert Cheryl Talbert
December 26, 2015

Grab your outdoor bucket list and adventure buddies to tune into a night of human-powered winter celebration, with ten edge-of-your-seat films celebrating backcountry skiing and other adventures!

Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the festival tours more than 100 showings around the world. The Festival is renowned for its collaboration with filmmakers from all corners of the globe, ranging grassroots to professional. The festival provides a fresh line(up) committed to get everyone, van dwellers to weekend warriors, awakened to the powder turns as well as environmental initiatives happening all around the world.

This year’s program includes:

  • Winner of Best of Festival, Japan by Van immerses us in the head-deep powder of the Shirakawa backcountry. A Sweetgrass Productions film.
  • Winner of Best of Grassroots Award, Shared Lines features the story of Vermont Backcountry Alliance and their community in a short film by T-Bar Films.
  • Winner of Best Environmental Message Award, from filmmaker Kt Miller, Shifting Ice is an all-women team on a journey at the intersection of scientific exploration and, of course, grueling fun.
  • The Weight of Winter, filmmaker Ben Sturgulewski brings us a ride to tune in, sit back, and enjoy.
  • I Love Splitboarding, a fresh way to play in the backcountry along with a fresh way of living. A film by Right on Brother opens up the world of splitboarding.
  • 55 Hours in Mexico, in true tribute to weekend warriors, Joey, Karl, Thomas, and filmmaker Max Lowe take us on an adventure of 55 Hours in Mexico.
  • Always Above Us, gives us a glimpse of the tremendous amount of sacrifice and hardship involved in the life of a climber. Sherpas Cinema follows Kris Erickson and Conrad Anker in a memoir for David Bridges and Alex Lowe.
  • Connections, the Dynafit team shares the story of the simple “low tech” design that changed the face of backcountry skiing.
  • The Forecaster, expert Avalanche Forecaster Drew Hardesty leads by example, paying respect to the responsibility that comes with our backcountry freedom. From Spindle Productions.

The Mountaineers are sponsoring three showings:

  • Thursday Jan 7, 2016, 7-9pm, Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center "Great Hall" - to reserve a spot, click here!
  • Saturday Jan 9, 2016, 7-9pm, Highland Community Center, Bellevue - for tickets click here!
  • Thursday Feb 4, 2016, 7-9pm, Seattle Mountaineers Program Center - for tickets click here!

To learn more about the Winter Wildlands Alliance or the festival, go to  https://winterwildlands.org/what-we-do/backcountry-film-festival/