True: Ski porn pumps up adrenaline. But the Backcountry Film Fest brings heart, and story, into its films about winter playgrounds, as well as plenty of adrenaline.
Backcountry Babes presents the Winter Wildlands Alliance”s Backcountry Film Fest from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5. The evening features renowned filmmakers, such as Sweetgrass, and grassroots filmmakers like Luc Mehl, an Alaskan adventurer.
“We try to bring a balance of films, between professional filmmakers and people who are going out and have a really good story to tell,” said Shelley Pursell, of Winter Wildlands Alliance.
The nonprofit is a national organization, which supports human-powered snow sports and wildland conservation.
The film fest includes Sweetgrass’ artistic “Skiing the Void,” which won best of fest with its two-year journey through the South American backcountry and Mehl’s “Alaska Wilderness Ski Classic,” which won best grassroots film jameshallison casino and follows Mehl through a 180-mile ski trek in three days. “The Denali Experiment” documents freeride skier Sage Cattagbriga-Alosa and big mountain snowboarder Lucas Debari as they climb, then ride, on the hardest expedition of their lives.
These are big-mountain adventures you definitely want to see on the big screen. The 90-minute, seven-film festival features the best 2- to 30-minute films, selected from 22 submissions.
How the Babes come into play
Winter Wildlands Alliance offers the Backcountry Film Fest to its partners, like Backcountry Babes, which began in Breckenridge by champion telemark skier Leslie Ross.
This is the first time the festival has come to Breckenridge in its eight years of existence.
Proceeds from the festival will help fund the Backcountry Babe’s scholarship for avalanche training.
“We feel that it’s really important for women to get their own avalanche training, because a lot of them are dependent on male partners in their lives,” said Jenna Boisvert, a member of Backcountry Babes. “In a lot of situations, women are unaware of safety risks.”
Babes in the Backcountry exists to bring women together to feel empowered through outdoor recreation, and the film festival is one way for the group to psych up both women and men for this winter’s fresh tours.
“It’s a neat film festival — kind of low-key, but really good quality,” Boisvert said.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with refreshments and a cash bar at Breckenridge’s Colorado Mountain College at 107 Denison Placer Road.
Tickets are $15. There will also be a raffle for gear and an optional after-party from 9-11 p.m. at the Warming Hut, with specials on appetizers and drinks.