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Backcountry Film Festival

Local non-profit Snowlands Network, is bringing the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival to the Nevada Theatre on Tuesday, March 6 from 6-9pm.  Proceeds raised stay in local communities to support local human-powered recreation efforts and to raise awareness of winter management issues, avalanche training/safety and winter education programs.  Films screening include Powderwhore’s “Breaking Trail” and Sweetgrass Productions “Solitaire.”

Backcountry skiing has been in the news this week, mostly centered around the tragedy on Stevens Pass in Washington.  My sister, Megan Michelson, and her fiance were a part of that group skiing, while neither of them were caught in the avalanche, they witnessed first hand the power of Mother Nature.  Below is a photo of Jim Jack, one of the victims of the avalanche, skinning up a peak in the North Cascade last spring.  Megan said,  ‘Our thoughts are with the families of Jim Jack, Chris Rudolph, and John Brenan.”

© 2012 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Megan Michelson