PORTLAND, Maine — Banff Mountain Film Festival
Jackson Hole in Wyoming has a reputation for being a skier’s mountain. Aspen has glitz and glamour, but Jackson Hole has some of the steepest, most demanding terrain in North America.
So consider this synopsis of a short documentary film called “Rogue Elements: Corbet’s Couloir”: “Anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded Jackson Hole knows just how nerve-racking it can be to descend into the infamous Corbet’s Couloir [a couloir is a steep mountain gorge or gully], even in the best of conditions. Doing it in icy conditions on mountain bikes is nothing short of insane, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Sound crazy? Yup. Sound like something you’d like to see? The movie is part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which will be at the State Theater in Portland on Tuesday, February 12, and Wednesday the 13th. Tom Widing dropped by 207 to talk about the range of films being shown, almost all of which capture human beings pushing themselves to their limits in remote and unforgiving places.