Every year, Boise gets a grip of films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. In a lot of ways, the festival peddles the familiar to denizens of the Mountain West: jagged, snowy mountains; extreme sports and daring feats; exceptional personalities.
For a one-day ($14-$18) or three-day pass ($48), you can get your fill of some of the best adventure and extreme sports footage the world has to offer.
On Monday, Feb. 3, seek whitewater Nirvana with Cascada, followed by Keeper of the Mountains, chronicling Elizabeth Hawkey's adventures in the Himalayas; and Heaven's Gate, in which Jeb Corliss drops from a helicopter and soars in a wingsuit through a sacred cave under Tianmen Mountain, China. The evening closes with excerpts from Stand, the story of the people of the Great Bear Rainforest, and ski film Into the Mind.
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, follow four riders' cycle-bound tomfoolery in NotBad; watch as ultra-runner Ryan Sandes tries to break a speed record in The Beauty of the Irrational; see scientists go toad hunting in Return to the Tepuis; check out two Norwegian adventurers spending a winter in a cabin made of beach rubble in North of the Sun; and see a view from above in climbing movies Spice Girl, High Tension and 35.
The festival closes Wednesday, Feb. 5, with mountain bike action in Flow: The Elements of Freeride, ice harvesting in The Last Ice Merchant, Olympic equality in Ready to Fly, fire-blazed ski runs in The Burn, gnarly mountain biking in Sea of Rock, Antarctic climbing in The Last Great Climb and linking California's tallest peaks by bike in Sufferfest.