HCCA will bring the 10th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival to both Gunnison and Crested Butte this winter


Crested Butte, Colorado— High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA), the environmental advocacy organization of the Gunnison Valley, is happy to bring The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival to the valley for the third year in a row. In its 10th year, the unique film festival brings inspiration through images of winter adventure to over 100 locations around the world, inspired by the mantra to “seek the snow less traveled.”

This year, HCCA is proud to partner with the Crested Butte Nordic Center and the Crested Butte Avalanche Center to make the Gunnison Valley film event a celebration of all things winter and human-powered. Also for the first time this year, HCCA will bring the festival to both Crested Butte and Gunnison, for two unique showings. Both events will feature a raffle full of great winter gear and local swag!

Enjoy the Gunnison Valley premier of the Backcountry Film Festival at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts on Friday, December 12th (Doors – 7:30 pm, Films – 8 pm). The Gunnison screening will take place at the Ruby Cinema on the Western State Colorado University campus on Wednesday, January 12th (Doors – 7 pm, films – 7:30 pm). Tickets are $10 and will be available in advance at Rumors Coffee and Tea House and at the door. A special student price for the Gunnison screening will be offered at $5 with valid student ID.

Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films – from well-known filmmakers who search the globe to submit their best work to first-timers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions. (Check out the teaser for the highly anticipated Afterglow here).

The festival was created in 2004 to highlight Winter Wildlands Alliance’s efforts to preserve and promote winter landscapes for human-powered users. From a single showing in Boise that first year, the festival has grown to include showings in locations throughout the United States and Canada and now in Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Funds raised from the Gunnison Valley screenings will stay in the community to promote and protect wild lands for human-powered recreation, raise awareness of winter management issues, and promote avalanche training and safety programs.

This year’s program includes:

  • Winner, Best of Festival, Out on a Limb from T-bar Films tells the story of Vasu, whose love for skiing and the backcountry overcomes all obstacles.
  • Best of the Backcountry Award winner, Powder Pilgrimage from Joey Howell, chronicles the ventures of two friends ski-bumming it to Valdez, Alaska— a trip we should all take once.
  • Best Grassroots Film winner, Backcountry Baker by Jeremy Lurgio follows Labrador retriever Baker and his owner as they pursue their love of mountains through backcountry skiing.
  • From the Road by Fischer Creative portrays the balance between liberation and limitation as a group of athletes come together to help a skiing comrade gain reconciliation with the Alaska peak where a 2009 accident ended his professional guiding career.
  • Afterglow from Sweetgrass Productions is a revolutionary and visually spectacular film that brings a whole new light to skiing in the dark.
  • 95 to Infinity by Doglotion Media follows brothers Andy and Mike Traslin as they keep the torch lit for 95 months of winter turns.
  • IRS Traverse by filmmaker Luc Mehl is fun and quirky adventure through the Alaska Wilderness
  • Sundog from Sturge Films captures the dog days of skiing in Patagonia.
  • Higher continues the journey of athlete Jeremy Jones as he reaches new heights. From Teton Gravity Research.


For more information on High Country Conservation Advocates, visit our website at www.hccacb.org and like us on Facebook. For more information on the Backcountry Film Festival and the tour please visit www.backcountryfilmfestival.org or like Backcountry Film Festival on Facebook.