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Backcountry Film Fest skis into Boone

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Article Published: Nov. 15, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 17, 2012
Backcountry Film Fest skis into Boone

Sweetgrass Productions’ ‘Signatures’ is one of two films to be screened at Friday’s Backcountry Film Fest.
Photo from ‘Signatures’ by Sweetgrass Productions

The High Country Nordic Association is hosting some reel skiing this Friday, as the second Backcountry Film Fest comes to Boone Nov. 16.

Two critically acclaimed films will be screened that evening, starting at 7 p.m. at Watauga High School. The first is “Signatures,” described as an epic, highly artistic tour of Japan’s snowy summits, featuring alpine skiers, snowboarders and telemarking Nordic skiers.

The second film, “Flakes,” is hailed as a “big-budget slope extravaganza with many big name ski and snowboard athletes.”

“Last year, this successful event brought the snow sports community together for an evening of inspired backcountry riding,” Nordic Association president Russel Hiatt said. “We hope these films inspire locals to take a new perspective when snow turns our mountains into winter playgrounds. We’re all about growing participation in the sport of telemark skiing, but many of us are avid cross country skiers and boarders, too.”

According to Hiatt, the High Country Nordic Association (HCNA), now in its second year, is dedicated to spreading enthusiasm for cross country and telemark skiing on the trails and meadows of the Southern Appalachians when big snow arrives in the High Country.

Through events like the Film Fest, where the group’s car decal will also be for sale, and the upcoming third annual Telemark Festival at Beech Mountain Resort on Jan.12, 2013, the HCNA hopes to make it easier for locals to try telemark skiing or snowshoeing.

The $5 admission to the Backcountry Film Fest at Watauga High School’s performing arts center helps support Mountain Alliance, a Boone non-profit that provides leadership, service and adventure learning opportunities to Watauga High School students. A portion of the funds also benefits Nordic Association efforts to create rental availability of backcountry winter sports equipment in the Boone area.

For more information on HCNA, search “High Country Nordic Association” on Facebook.

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