Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Fest Returns for its 18th Year

The Winter Wildlands Alliance is kicking its fall tour off in Boise, Idaho, where the nonprofit is headquartered. [Photo] Courtesy Winter Wildlands Alliance

After two years of remote or limited hybrid screenings due to Covid, the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival returns this year in full force. Featuring 11 films focused on human-powered backcountry experiences, the festival will premiere Oct. 21 in Boise, Idaho, where the Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA) is based.

The Boise tour kickoff will include the premiere of Soñadora, the 2022 Human-Powered Film Grant Winner and WWA’s first grant-funded film. It tells the trailblazing story of Vanessa Chavarriaga, an immigrant, woman of color and skier, as she navigates the predominantly white spaces of the outdoor industry.

Ten films—carefully picked from 490 film submissions—will accompany Soñadora on tour. Aiming to further the WWA mission—to inspire and empower people to protect America’s snowscapes—the Backcountry Film Festival seeks to share a variety of stories. In its 18th year running, it will include stories on climate change scientists, alpinists, hut trips, adaptive skiers and more.

“We want everyone to feel like their version of snow is up on that screen year over year. (And, of course, sick lines and pow shots always make their way in, too.),” WWA Events and Marketing Director Melinda Quick said in an email.

As it spreads stoke from Seattle to Burlington, Vermont, and over 100 other communities along the way, the tour will benefit host organizations, many of whom are WWA partners, facilitating funding for communities working to protect the backcountry.

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