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Saturday, January 14 through Sunday, January 29, 2023

If you are looking for a way to stoke up your snow desire, or looking for the perfect holiday gift, look no further. The Backcountry Film Festival will be virtual this year! You can purchase your private viewing and watch in the comfort of your home, on your phone, or at your friend's place.

Look for the email from Snowlands Network mid-December letting you know ticket sales are open. Only $20 and you can watch the film festival any time between Jan 14th and Jan 29th. Make it a quiet evening, or bring in the whole gang.

The films, all independently produced, range from outrageous to wild to scientific to personal. There is a film to touch every heart. You can find out more about the scheduled films by clicking here

The Backcountry Film Festival is a year-round, community program presented by Winter Wildlands Alliance that celebrates human-powered, backcountry-inspired stories rooted in wild snowscapes, stewardship, and stoke. The 18th Annual Backcountry Film Festival will be screening a collage of short documentaries and ski movies about the pursuit of objectives and ideals in the mountains, artistic vision, friendship, and how the snowsports community is adapting to a changing environment.

When you buy a ticket, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you enter on the transaction form. On January 14, an email containing the instructions on how to view the films will be sent to that same email address. You will then have until January 29 to watch the films. You may watch the films anytime between January 14 and 29.


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Film List

The films scheduled to be shown at this year's festival:

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By Jr Rodriguez, Sofia Jaramillo, Micheli Oliver, and Luke Kaneb

Vanessa Chavarriaga is quite literally a trailblazer, and with vulnerable storytelling, she is making space for those after her in the outdoor industry. In doing so she is often in predominantly white spaces and thus has had to find ways to stay connected to herself and her culture. This film explores Vanessa's journey and anyone else who lives between worlds.

Tools of Ascension

By Chris Murphy and Max Lowe / Produced by YETI

Conrad Anker knows the value of suffering through the climb — letting difficult experiences build. Learn more about his ascension with new climber Malik Martin.

Mapping Snow

By Aaron Kalischer-Coggins and The Hill

Mapping Snow explores how scientists are trying to better understand snow around the world, to save lives and mitigate the impacts of climate change on our most precious resource.

Ski Local

Ski Local

By Skyler Martin

Ski Local explores the past and present culture of skiing on the Palouse.

First Time Adventure

By The Mad Trees / Produced by Subaru and REI

WWA Ambassador Vasu Sojitra takes fellow athlete Kira Brazinski backcountry skiing for the first time. A short and sweet film about the joy of getting outside together, sharing in our experiences and how we connect to our bodies in the outdoors.


By Noah Howell  / Produced by Flylow and SHELTER

A group of friends head into the Eastern Sierras to share in the well-known and historic backcountry hut experience. A quick look at the magic of huts in the winter and what they provide.

The Bottom Line


This short film produced by the Northwest Avalanche Center dives into a typical day for NWAC forecasters out in the field along with their routine once back in the office to get the forecast out to the public.

Ski Together

By Greg O'Connor

Zach McCarthy moved back to Maine from Boston and found purpose in sharing his love of ski touring with others.

The Avalanche Hunter

By Wool Hat Creative

In this adventure vignette, we get a look behind the scenes into the often invisible world of avalanche control and avalanche professionals. The story follows Roz Reynolds, an "avalanche hunter" and certified badass, who is not only blazing trails in her field and keeping the public safe in the mountains, but also laying first tracks on backcountry slopes, climbing ice walls, and more.


By WNDR Alpine

An immersive deep pow experience.

Still image from Stepping Out
Stepping Out

Stepping Out: An Alaskan Expedition

By Top Top Studio

Three women set out to ski in the Alaska range for their first time. Serving as their own guides they were excited to arrive on the glacier and were quickly humbled by the complex structure of the terrain. In a new setting, they reimagine what success looks like beyond the familiar expectations of adventure athletes. The mission? Thrive in new roles and progress as a team to test their limits as skiers and leaders. No trip is perfect but the most memorable ones evolve beyond sport.

Next Stop Sneg

By Marco Tribelhorn

After receiving a suspicious message on his computer screen, Sven Rauber goes on a hallucinating ski trip into a pillow filled forest in the middle of nowhere. He finds him self in a camp alongside a beautiful river between some hills that hold some of the best snow and skiing terrain in the world. A movie for ski and snowboard fanatics with an affectation for deep powder tree skiing.

The actual films shown may differ from this list.