The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will be making stops in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene again this year, bringing some of the year’s best backcountry skiing and riding films and other creative,  inspiring films that highlight the human-powered backcountry experience together under one roof. This year’s festival includes a diverse range of films including an epic trip across Mongolia in search of the elusive wolverine, the story of how a small community fought to save their beloved ski area, a poor man’s alternative to heli-skiing, a day in the life of an undercover ski bum and “Valhalla” – the latest creation from Sweetgrass Productions.

The Coeur d’Alene festival showing ($7) will be held at the Eagles Club (209 Sherman Ave.) on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. The Spokane showing ($12 or $10 for students and Spokane Mountaineers members)  is set for Friday, Jan. 31 at Spokane Community College in the Lair Auditorium (doors open at 6 p.m.). Door and raffle prizes will be up for grabs. Both nights nearly sold out last year, so show up early to score a seat.

Festival events will benefit their local winter recreation and conservation group sponsors that are working to protect quiet winter recreation opportunities in the Inland Northwest. Additional information about the Spokane showing and trailer at: www.ibackcountry.org. Coeur d’Alene festival details at: www.idahoconservation.org.