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2011 Backcountry Film Festival

Jackson Hole Screening



In the shifting tides of cinematic experience, there’s nothing like a festival to pull it all together. Add 200 friends, Jackson Hole newbies and Snake River Brewing to the mix, and you’ll find the setting for some serious pre-season winter stoke!

On Thursday night, the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival makes its winter tour stop at Snow King Resort in Jackson Wyoming. The festival was created in 2005 to help grassroots and professional filmmakers show audiences their love of skiing, snowboarding and the winter outdoors. Since then, the festival has been viewed in towns and cities around the world. More importantly it has also raised thousands of dollars to help efforts that strive to preserve winter environments.

Event Details

  • When: Thursday,11/17
  • Where: Snow King Resort
  • Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Door: $10

Join Friends of Pathways and the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club for the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival. Screenings celebrate the human powered backcountry experience. Proceeds benenfit winter programs sponsored by both non profits.

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Proceeds Benefit the Teton Pass Ambassador Program & Nordic Ski Club

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The purpose of the ambassador program is to provide a visible presence on Teton Pass during the winter season to communicate backcountry ethics and vistior safety information. It is a partnership between Friends of the Pathways, Bridger-Teton National Forest and WYDOT. Responsibilities of the Pass Ambassador include:

  • Assisting in educational objectives for parking on Teton Pass.
  • Building awareness and understanding of the safety issues.
  • Personal contact to help visitors and promoting backcountry respect

The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club was founded in 1938 and is Jackson’s oldest non-profit. Its mission is to inspire fun, fitness, sportsmanship, and personal achievement in young athletes through training, academic support, and competition. Their programs train a variety of youth and masters.

  • Nordic, alpine, freeride and other affordable programs for youth.
  • Helps support the Trail Creek nordic track trail maintenance.
  • Building Champions in Winter Sports and in Life Since 1938


Film Preview

Best of the Festival: “Solitaire”, by Sweetgrass Productions

SOLITAIRE: A Backcountry Skiing, Snowboarding, and Telemark Film from Sweetgrass Productions on Vimeo.

Sweetgrass Productions LLC is a Colorado-based film company rooted in winter backcountry and mountain culture. They film remote freeride lines, from snowsurf and noboard to alpine and tele.

  • Description:

    In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Born in the spires of Argentina’s legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world.

    Wandering the length of a continent from Peru’s Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia, Solitaire fuses western-inspired tales of backcountry gambles into landscapes never before visited on film.

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Best Backcountry Film: “Breaking Trail”, by Powderwhore Productions

Known for backcountry tele films, Powderwhore breaks into a new realm of film with their latest release “Breaking Trail”. The Utah-based production company attracted skiers, splitboarders and telemark skiers, including top athletes such as Andrew McLean and Forrest Shearer.

  • Description:

    Powderwhore Productions releases “Breaking Trail” its 7th film. Enjoy the trailer for this backcountry epic which highlights riders of all disciplines choosing their own adventures. You will find a mixed bag of highly talented and dedicated individuals who enjoy hiking out into the unknown in search of turns.

  • Addition credits:

    Cinematographers include notable ski industry names such as Tom Day, Absinthe Films and Teton Gravity Research.

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Best Short Award: “Chalk and Ski”

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produced by Purple Orange, a Jackson WY company.

Other film selections include…

  • 40 Tribes Kyrgyzstan – A collective of professional mountain guides working in partnership to promote innovative ecotourism
  • Berber Turns – Explores the far reaches of Morocco’s skiing, including some turns on the second highest peak in Northern Africa
  • Ski Bums Never Die – Follow along as BC locals hunt for powder, drive with their boots on, and make sidecountry laps
  • Winters of My Life – A portrait of Howard Weamer who spent the past 35 years as a hutkeeper in Yosemite’s backcountry.
  • Bike, Ski, Raft Denali Traverse – 200 mile multi-sport traverse of Denali, Alaska.


Meet The Mountain Pulse at the Film Festival

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Sweet! The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club invited us to set up a table at the film festival. We greatly appreciate their support and look forward to meeting other winter enthusiast in Jackson Hole.

Be sure to stop by and let us thank you for supporting our efforts. We will be previewing the winter release of Trail Maps Plus. Come check it out and let us know what you think!

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