Have you waxed your boards already? Do you whoop every time you see even the slightest skiff of the white stuff in the mountains? Get an early winter fix by joining fellow addicts at this year’s Backcountry film festival.

Now in its fifth year, the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival highlights the beauty, diversity, and fun of the winter backcountry. Filmmakers that travel every corner of the globe submit their best backcountry work, and the top films are assembled into a night of fun for all – whether you like to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or even just stay indoors by the fire in the winter.

This year’s festival goers will vicariously surf the snow with a Japanese calligrapher, test extreme snow conditions in Vermont, and ski the brief but majestic winter of Australia. As always, there will be plenty of world-class riding set to killer tunes in dramatic locations both familiar and far-flung.

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This year’s films are: ‘Gentemstick’ (Sweetgrass Productions), ‘Winter Dreaming’ (Eucalypt Productions), ‘Flakes’ (Powderwhore), ‘Generations’ (Teton Gravity Research), ‘Red Lady’ (Snow Lion), ‘Fast Grass and Dirty Corn’ (Ember Photography).

The Film Festival, which travels to 30 communities throughout the western United States, is hosted in Truckee by Snowlands Network. All proceeds support efforts at forest planning and resource protection in the local community.

The show will be at the Truckee High School auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, films run from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission $10 /adults and $7/students. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at The Backcountry in Truckee (11400 Donner Pass Road), or online at snowlands.org.

Come early to buy raffle tickets: the grand prize is a two-night stay for two at the amazing Lost Trail Lodge.
Recco, the producer of the film ‘White Book,’ has graciously donated copies to give away as part of an ongoing effort to educate the winter recreating public about avalanches.

Info: snowlands.org.

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