The Backcountry Film Festival is produced each year by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered winter experience, and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a nonprofit organization working at the national level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes. This year’s films are definitely mind-blowing, ranging from short expeditions to rich personal explorations, including the courageous movie about Caroline Gleich that documented her ski descents of the Chuting Gallery.

Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs, and to raise awareness of winter management issues. This Spokane showing February 1 is being hosted by Gonzaga Outdoors and The Spokane Mountaineers Foundation. Proceeds support the protection of non-motorized winter recreation in the Lookout Pass-Stevens Peak Area. Admission is $10.

You can also catch the festival on January 31 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow, Idaho, courtesy of the University of Idaho Outdoor Program. For more information and tickets go to BackcountryFilmFestival.org. //