‘Backcountry Film Festival’ Coming to PLPOA Clubhouse on Jan. 27

By Morgan Anderson

The 13th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show in Pagosa Springs on Saturday, January 27 at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. All proceeds benefit The Colorado Mountain Club Conservation Department.

Through advocacy and stewardship, CMC Conservation works to preserve and enhance human-powered recreation in balance with natural resource conservation on Colorado’s public lands.

The Backcountry Film Festival is produced by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization that partners with groups like the Colorado Mountain Club at the local level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes.

Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche and safety programs, and to raise awareness of winter management issues.

Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culturE — you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. Films in this year’s program include:

  • The Space Within, DPS Skis Cinematic | 5 min 28 sec
  • Ruth Gorge, Noah Howell | 8 min 1 sec
  • Below Zero, Itai Hagage | 4 min 54 sec
  • The End of Snow, Jane Zelikova and Morgan Heim | 20 min 35 sec
  • Follow Through, Anya Miller and Becca Cahall | 21 min 48 sec
  • Genesis, Ben Sturgulewski and Dan Pizza | 5 min 50 sec
  • Idaho 12ver Project, Mark Ortiz | 12 min 10 sec
  • Adventure Not War, Max Lowe | 7 min 35 sec

Doors open at 6:30 pm; films begin at 7pm. Admission: CMC Member: $12, Non-Members: $15 — available online at cmc.org/bcff or at the door

Below is the official trailer for “The End of Snow” by filmmakers Jane Zelikova and Morgan Heim.

Morgan Anderson is Conservation Specialist for the Colorado Mountain Club in Golden, CO.

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