(Last Updated On: October 7, 2014)

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.

Aerial shots are key to many backcountry films.

Aerial shots are key to many backcountry films.

“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.

The Backcountry Film Fest features big-mountain riding from some of the world

The Backcountry Film Fest features big-mountain riding from some of the world”s top athletes.

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.

A Backcountry Babe who participated in the avalanche course.

A Backcountry Babe who participated in the avalanche course.

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.






About The Author

Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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