Backcountry Film Festival

Spend an evening at the Nature Center as we host the Winter Wildland Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, a compilation of films that celebrate the human-powered experience through winter adventures.

Expect to be inspired to get outdoors! Win raffle prizes, grab a beer and popcorn and watch ten short films that feature outdoor sports in beautiful places around the world. Doors open at 6pm.  Fee: $20.

2019 Film Lineup

Teton Gravity Research – Our exclusive Festival cut of Ode To Muir speaks the entire feature-length film as professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones joins forces with two-time Olympian Elena Hight to embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness.

In 2017 Drew Petersen sought to ski the 11 highest peaks in the American West on one epic road trip. Accompanied by filmmaker and Winter Wildlands Alliance Ambassador, Thomas Woodson, this film is sure to be a pleasant walk down memory lane for anyone who has adventured throughout the West.

DPS Cinematic – A spiritual view into any snowbird’s head waiting for the season to start.

In this upbeat, Sunday morning op-ed of a short film we learn about the human-powered recreation advocacy organization, the Backcountry Snowsports Initiative, and their annual hut trip near Leadville, Colorado where they host a variety of stakeholders to ski, cook, and talk about winter recreation policy.

Another exclusive Festival cut focusing on Berthoud Pass, a crew of backcountry skiers set out to explore Colorado’s lost ski areas hopes to find adventure amongst the ruins.

Blue is a testament to the inherent creativity, innovation and strength forged in women of the north. In it we present a spectacle of winter innovation—the icy playground providing a visual journey as never seen before by bike.

“My parents never even thought about climbing a mountain.” Yesenia grew up living in a small farmer’s cabin in the apple orchards of Oregon’s Hood River Valley. Watch Yesi’s journey to climb Mount St. Helens, pursue her own American dream, and inspire Latinx outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.

Beyond the tale of his frosted beard, this is a story about Dan Schetter’s passion for surfing and how he credits the sport to saving his life.

A university teacher looking to break free from a life of routine in China and a mysterious frozen waterfall that no one knows the whereabouts, spins this story of seemingly futile quests and ultimately transcending climb.

An important message from Winter Wildlands Alliance Ambassador, educator and athlete, Brennan Lagasse, on the significance and the impact of the backcountry.

Speaker: Gail Brown

Gail Brown, of Mount Vernon, IA, set out on a journey to walk the French Way of the Camino de Santiago in September 2018 with the goal of putting one foot in front of the other for 32 days. The experience was more than she expected. Physically – from knee aches to bed bugs. Emotionally – from “What on earth am I doing” to awe. Spiritually – from walking in silence to evening prayers. Join her as she shares her back-country story about how this trek changed her.

2019 Raffle Prizes

  • Lift tickets for Sundown Mountain Ski Resort and Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort
  • Hats from Nature Freak
  • Snowshoes and gift cards from Scheels
  • Patagonia Day Pack from Active Endeavors (Iowa City showing)
  • Flashlight from Kieck’s Career Apparel & Uniform
  • And more!

Must be present to win. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 at the event. You can choose the specific items for which you put your tickets into the running. All items, in variation, will be at the Big Grove and ICNC showing. 


January 25 & 26, 2019

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Adults: $20

Thank you to our Sponsors

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