NOVEMBER 17, 2011 ISSUE

Backcountry Film Fest at WHS Friday

Want To Go?

Date: Friday, November 18
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Watauga High School auditorium, Boone
Cost: $5

Get psyched for snow at the High Country Nordic Association’s first Backcountry Film Fest at the Watauga High School auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18.

The $5 admission helps offset recent budget cuts to Mountain Alliance, a Boone nonprofit that provides leadership, service and adventure learning opportunities to Watauga High students. A portion of the funds also goes to Nordic Association efforts to facilitate backcountry winter sports equipment rentals in the Boone area.

“This event is about bringing the snow sports community together to enjoy an evening of inspired backcountry riding—for a couple of good causes,” says Nordic Association President Russel Hiatt.

Two critically acclaimed films are featured: Solitaire, a 2011 epic on its inaugural tour of North American cities and hip mountain towns (by Sweet Grass Productions) and TELE-VISION (2010, by Powderwhore Productions).

The 1-year-old High Country Nordic Association (HCNA) is dedicated to spreading enthusiasm for cross-country and telemark skiing on the trails and meadows of the Southern Appalachians when big snow arrives. The films also showcase snowboarding, a growing backcountry sport near Boone.

Through events like the Film Fest (where the group’s car decal will also be for sale) and events like the upcoming second annual Telemark Festival at Beech Mountain on January 21, the HCNA hopes to make it easier for local people to try telemark skiing or snowshoeing. 

Hiatt said, “Our focus is growing participation in the sport of telemark skiing, but many of us are avid cross-country skiers and boarders, too. We hope these films inspire locals to take a new perspective when snow turns our mountains into winter playgrounds.”

Visit the group’s Facebook page. Just type in High Country Nordic Association at Facebook’s home page or www.facebook.com/#!/groups/173986319312664/.