The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind and the World Tour stops in around 40 countries across the globe.
There are two sets of screenings, red and blue, with the blue showing 9 films and the red showing 7. All celebrate adventure, the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors. Here’s a sneak peek of two of our favourites.
2 Million feet is the world record for vertical feet skied using only human-powered means. It was set by Greg Hill in 2010 after ten years of training, until 2016 when Aaron Rice decided he could beat it despite his only training being one summer and three years as a ski bum.
Sick of tracked out pistes, the seasonnaire decided to take his passion for backcountry skiing and push it to the extreme. His journey begins in Alta, Utah, where he averages a staggering 10,000 feet of skiing per day. There is little margin for error, but backcountry skiing inevitably comes with the risk of injury and he suffers plenty of physical setbacks, prompting the question: why put yourself through it? In the summer he moves to Argentina where he explores the breathtaking couloirs of Bariloche.
Watching his mission, it makes you question why someone would take on such a physically and emotionally draining task. The hikes are long and solitary, but Aaron’s passion for seeking out untouched routes is extraordinary. He is truly committed to his personal goal and challenging the boundaries of what is humanly possible, which is inspiring viewing for anyone who dreams of skiing uncharted terrain.