Poster for 2014 Backcountry Film FestivalBRECKENRIDGE – Backcountry enthusiasts will want to mark Jan. 12 on their fresh new 2014 calendars. That’s when the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival rolls into Breckenridge for a night of short, outdoor winter films.

Founded nine years ago, the film festival is a production of the Winter Wildlands Alliance, a national nonprofit headquartered in Boise, Idaho, dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and human-powered snowsports. The festival is hosted by Backcountry Babes and the Warming Hut. Sponsors include G3, Pistil Designs, Smith Optics, Elemental Herbs, Osprey Packs, Women’s Adventure Magazine, Black Diamond, Mountain Khakis, Point 6 and Ambler.

Among this year’s films are “In Search of the Wolverine,” about a month-long Mongolian ski and wildlife research expedition; “Bigger, Braver,” focusing on a young woman’s search for big mountain adventure; and “Bolton Valley,” a look at how a group of Vermont locals fought to save nearby backcountry ski lands from a real estate sale.

On Jan. 12, doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, and films start at 7 p.m. at the Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium at Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Rd., in Breckenridge. Tickets are $10 at the door. An after-party will be held at the Warming Hut, 207 N. Main St., Breckenridge, from 9-11 p.m. For more information, go to, or call Heidi Kunzek at CMC at 453-6757.