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When: Saturday, January 18th, 2020, 6:30pm - 9:00pmBFF20-fb-WEB.jpg

Where: Wilderness Sports - 701 E. Anemone Trail, Dillon

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. The 15th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show in Dillon on Saturday, January 18th at Wilderness Sports. All proceeds will benefit Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) and Friends of CAIC. 

TICKETS: $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the show (depending on availability).

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. 

By partnering with groups like FDRD at a local level, the Winter Wildlands Alliance raises funds for these groups and communities through the annual Backcountry Film Festival national tour. All funds raised directly benefit local projects and programs that perpetuate access and stewardship of public lands.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the screening begins at 7:00pm. Beer, snacks, and door prize tickets will be available for purchase. Door prizes provided by Friends of the CAIC, FDRD, and Wilderness Sports. 

Get stoked! View the official trailer HERE

2019-20 Film Line Up:

Peak Obsession
Cody Townsend has embarked on an audacious goal to ski all of the lines chronicled in “The Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America.” This documentary follows Townsend as he climbs and skis two of the most challenging lines in the book. Joined by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones, the crew sets out for an adventure rife with challenge, exhaustion, steeps, and a little bit of schadenfreude.

Can't Ski Vegas
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. Can’t Ski Vegas follows a crew of skiers as they withdraw into the wild and ski lines in northern Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Without distractions, cell service, or emails, the friends invest in the purposeful time of being together. 

A Climb for Equality
Ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich understands why only 11 percent of the people standing on the world’s tallest summits are women. In this world of technical ascents, women encounter barriers to belonging—not to mention how hard it is to find gear in a woman’s size. Last spring, Gleich climbed Mount Everest, and by documenting her journey, she invites women to join her in overcoming the challenges of mountaineering.

Drawn to High Places
Artist Nikki Frumkin balances chaos, power, and beauty in her watercolor paintings of the Pacific Northwest’s most dramatic mountain ranges, breathing a new life and sense of wonder into landscapes cherished by all.

Endless Winter: Chapter One
Norwegian pro skier Nikolai Schirmer launches a winter-long project to ski with a lower carbon footprint. Joined by friends Krister Kopala and Eirik Verlo, Schirmer sets off into the darkness of Norwegian winter.

Khutrao
A group of splitboarders explore the snow-capped mountains of the Mapuche ancestral lands. Guided by a member of the Mapuche, the group learns about the ancient bonds tied to these mountains. 

Backflippers
In the Alps, a group of kids learn how to ski off piste, read different types of terrain, and approach the mountain with confidence. This ski movie is about individuality in a mountain setting.

Climate Change in the Kennels
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.

Leave Nice Tracks
This documentary follows a few Vermonters who are working in the mountains to make the backcountry more sustainable, safe, and accessible for all who wish to enjoy it. 

Colter: A Legacy of Adventure
Filmmaker and skier Sawyer Thomas follows the path of John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, through Yellowstone and the Tetons.

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***FDRD volunteers are not needed for this event!***