Summit Huts Association – Tenth Annual Backcountry Ball featuring Telluride Mountainfilm On Tour

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour is being brought to Breckenridge as part of the Backcountry Ball this year!  The format of the event has changed a little but will retain the best elements of Backcountry Ball’s of the past.

The event will begin with a VIP reception at the Riverwalk Center from 5 – 7 pm.  This reception will feature the ever-popular BCB silent auction, casual food, drink and your choice of early seating for the film presentation.  At 7 pm, the reception will conclude and the doors will reopen for the 500 additional ticket holders who will attend the Telluride Mountainfilm presentation.

Started in 1979, Mountainfilm in Telluride is one of America’s longest-running film festivals.  Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word;  inspiring.  Each year Mountainfilm travels to 70 locations on 5 continents.  But never before has Mountainfilm been to Breckenridge!

It will be the perfect audience in the perfect setting for a great cause.  200 tickets were made available for the VIP reception and 500 tickets for the film presentation.  All tickets are available through the Summit Huts Associations website in advance and at the door until the event fills.  Reception ticket prices are $50 per person and general admission film tickets are $20 per person.  Tickets are available by clicking here.


Dark Side of the Lens – Surf photographer Mickey Smith artfully crafts and narrates an immensely powerful and brooding glimpse at some of Ireland’s heaviest, and coldest, waves.

Power in the Pristine –  These days a river that flows freely from its headwaters to the sea is a rare creature. Of the few that do remain unchained, many are threatened by development or damming. Power in the Pristine, a short film created by Rios Libres, a group of adventurers who include professional climber and longtime Mountainfilm guest Timmy O’Neill and writer Craig Childs, is a portrait of one such river: the Baker in Chilean Patagonia.

The Grid – The Goldman Environmental Prize is perhaps the most important—and generous—environmental tribute of its kind with an annual financial award that goes to grassroots environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continents. In The Grid we meet one of the winners, Ursula Sladek of Germany, for whom the idea of 100-percent reliance on renewable energy by 2050 is not a hope or a dream, but simply a matter of time. Having led a successful 10-year effort to take over her regional power grid through a citizen’s collective, Sladek is accustomed to taking her time.

Towers of the Ennedi – Renan Ozturk (Mountainfilm 2009, Samsara, which won the Charlie Fowler Award) now heads to the remote and sun-flattened landscape of the Ennedi Desert in northeastern Chad. It’s a hot, sand-scoured and unfriendly place, but from its vast belly rise clusters of spires, towers and rock formations that are breathtakingly lovely.

WildWater – North Fork of the Payette – The North Fork of the Payette has long been fabled as one of the classics of big water kayaking. WildWater—beautifully filmed by Anson Fogel (who also edited Chasing Water and Cold)—takes us along as kayakers attempt to run this classic during a record high water year

Cold – Ascending an 8,000-meter peak is never easy. In winter, with temperatures plummeting to 30 below and colder and with snowstorms raging, it is nearly unthinkable. In fact, of the seventeen efforts to ascend an 8,000-meter peak in Pakistan in winter only one has been successful. That winter ascent of Gasherbrum II by Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards is the subject of Cold.

Desert River – Sweetgrass Productions (Mountainfilm 2010, Signatures) offers a poetic ski film set to the haunting Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes song, “Desert Song.” The film provides a glimpse into the beauty of late season skiing in Haines, Alaska, as well as the extreme turns that still can be had as evenings deepen with long spring shadows.

Kadoma – “Kadoma” was a nickname for Hendri Coetzee, a legendary South African kayaker who had explored some of Africa’s wildest rivers. In December of 2010, American pro kayakers Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesbury followed Coetzee into the Democratic Republic of Congo for a first descent of the dangerous Lukuga River. Seven weeks into the expedition, tragedy struck. Coetzee was paddling tip to tail in between the other two men when a fifteen-foot crocodile surfaced silently and swiftly pulled him underwater. He was never seen again.

Way Back Home – With trial bike in hand, Danny MacAskill returns to the old country to try a few new school tricks. Filmmaker Kris Moyes captured MacAskill at play in his hometown of Dunvegan, Scotland.