The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival returns to Breckenridge |

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival returns to Breckenridge

The 10th Winter Wildlands Alliance Film Festival will take place in Breckenridge on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Colorado Mountain College campus. Nine films will showcase human feats in snowsports.
Winter Wildlands Alliance Film Festival |

Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival

Date: Thursday, Feb. 19

Time: Doors open and raffle starts at 6:30 p.m., films start at 7 p.m.

Location: Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium, Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge

Tickets: $10 online at, or $15 at the door

More info: For more information, contact

Film Schedule

From the Road

(21:00) Fischer Creative

Join the Dynafit team on a journey to Alaska


(11:35) Sweetgrass Production

This visually spectacular film lights up the backcountry like never before

Backcountry Baker

(5:15) Jeremy Lurgio

The story of Labrador retriever Baker and his owner as they pursue their love of mountains through backcountry skiing in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains.

Out on a Limb

(6:44) T-bar Films

The story of Vasu who’s love for skiing and the backcountry overcomes all obstacles.

95 to Infinity

(3:30) Doglotion Media

Follow brothers Andy and Mike Traslin as keep the touch lite for 95 months of winter turns


IRS Traverse

(8:00) Luc Mehl

A fun and corky adventure through the Alaska Wilderness

Powder Pilgrimage

(20:00) Joey Howell

Two friends ventures of ski bumming it to Valdez, a trip we should all take just once.


(5:15) Sturge Films

Capturing the dog days of skiing in Patagonia.


(20:00) Teton Gravity Research

Continuing the journey of athlete Jeremy Jones as he reaches new heights.

Backcountry Babes is under new leadership, but that won’t keep the company from hosting the 10th Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival in Breckenridge this week.

The showing will take place Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.


Founded in 1996 by Breckenridge resident and champion telemark skier Leslie Ross, Backcountry Babes aims to introduce women to backcountry adventure, from biking to skiing. Safety and skills clinics, as well as backcountry trips, are offered throughout the year.

New owners Emily Hargraves and Michelle Trame have already hosted a level 1 avalanche course in Breckenridge and are gearing up for a “Deep in the Steeps” skiing technique course in Wolf Creek and a backcountry hut trip in British Columbia in the near future.

Before the film festival starts on Thursday, a variety of skiing and outdoor gear will be available in a raffle. Top prize is a pair of custom top sheet G3 Cake skis, with other prizes including Smith Optics goggles and helmet, Scarpa boots, Yaktrax and more.

Proceeds from the raffle go to the Backcountry Babes scholarship program, which donates the cost of avalanche education clinics to women who cannot afford to attend the outdoor educational workshops on their own.


Nine films make up the docket for this year’s festival, including an 11-minute clip from “Afterglow,” featuring skiers at night completely lit up with LED-light jackets.

Another notable film is the 20-minute clip from “Higher,” the latest Jeremy Jones snowboarding feature.

One of Hargraves’ favorites is “Backcountry Baker,” a film that focuses on a skier and his dog, Baker, in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana.

All the films fall under the category of human-powered snowsports, meaning no helicopters, no snowmobiles, no machines — just pure human will.

“There’s some films in here that you haven’t seen other places,” said Hargraves, of the selection.

The Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization based in Boise, Idaho, and dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and human-powered snowsports. After premiering in Boise, the films move on to more than 100 showings around the U.S. and the world. Each show funds local nonprofits and organizations with like-minded ventures such as avalanche awareness, outdoor programs and youth education.

“We’re really excited about it,” said Hargraves. “It’s such a good way to raise money for our women’s AIARE (avalanche) courses, to give scholarships. And it’s fun, for a good cause.”

Tickets can be purchased online at the Backcountry Babes website ( for $10, or at the door for $15.

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