Two film festivals in Steamboat Springs this weekend inspire inspiration for adventure |

Two film festivals in Steamboat Springs this weekend inspire inspiration for adventure

If You Go...

What: The Backcountry Film Festival presented by Yampatika and Friends of the Routt Backcountry

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Tickets: $20 adults and $10 students. Purchase online, at the Shoe Chalet or at the Chief Theater.

If You Go...

What: The Banff Mountain Film Festival's Radical Reels Tour presented by Bike Town USA

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Tickets: $20 and can be purchased at Orange Peel Bicycle, Eureka, Centennial Bank or the Chief Theater. All proceeds benefit the Bike Town USA Initiative.

— In celebration of all things outdoors, two film festivals will be rolling into Steamboat Springs this weekend, inspiring viewers to live life to the fullest and cultivate their sense of adventure.

The films focus on topics that push the human-powered experience to the extreme with stories of discovery and overcoming obstacles.

Yampatika and Friends of the Routt Backcountry are co-sponsoring the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival at 7 p.m. Friday at the Chief Theater.

This will be the 10th year the Winter Wildlands Alliance has screened a series of nine short films in the U.S. before heading to Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Asia. Proceeds from each of the screenings support outdoor recreation, raising awareness of winter management issues and winter education programs.

“With these films you get to see a part of the backcountry you don’t normally have the chance to,” said Leslie Lovejoy, director of Friends of the Routt Backcounty. “You also get to learn about the process for what it takes to get areas that are peaceful and quiet protected.”

Morgan Moss, Yampatika’s community outreach coordinator, said the film festival generally features a diverse collection of movies, but this year, there are a few clips viewers wouldn’t expect.

“When I previewed these, I found that all of the films were so energizing and inspiring, they just made me want to get out and climb,” Moss said.

One film, “Backcountry Baker,” documents the story of a man and his Labrador retriever Baker. Another film, “Out on a Limb,” features the story of one man’s quest to overcome all obstacles with a love for skiing, and the Teton Gravity Research film, “Higher,” focuses on athlete Jeremy Jones.

The films range in length from three minutes to 30 minutes with content that showcases non-motorized recreation, environmental preservation and conservation.

On Saturday, Banff Mountain Film Festival’s Radical Reels Tour will be making a stop in Steamboat Springs. Capturing action-packed climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing and snowboarding adventures, the films will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Chief Theater.

Hosted for the second year in a row by the Bike Town USA Initiative, the films series is a way to ignite excitement for summer activities.

“It’s a way to keep people jazzed and energized about summer activities during the dog days of winter,” Bike Town USA Executive Director Tyler Goodman said. “It has a little bit of everything for everyone.”

Suzanne White, Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour program coordinator, said the Radical Reels selections are chosen by a team looking for those captivating stories that make the viewer think in disbelief, “Wow, someone is crazy enough to try that.”

One of the eight films chosen for this year’s tour is “All My Own Stunts,” the story of a downhill mountain bike specialist and professional stuntman who encountered the hardships of letting go after a near fatal injury. Another one of the films, “Desert Ice,” follows two climbers as they travel to the high-desert slot canyons of southwest Utah in search of one of the best water-ice discoveries in the last 20 years.

“We look for a different quality to the action stories,” White said. “There is a really interesting range of films this year, and the people who come to see the films are looking for a new adventure.”

In a town like Steamboat Springs where outdoor recreation is at the heart of what makes the town pulse, many films like the ones scheduled for this weekend strike a chord.

“I think movies like these speak to a lot of the people who live or visit this town,” Moss said. “There is a little piece of that adventurous spirit in each of us — whether its obtaining a goal, big or small, or overcoming an obstacle. These stories are uplifting and inspiring because so many people can relate to that.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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