Tsalteshi to present Backcountry Film Festival films at reunion

Short films of off-piste skiers sliding through powder and outdoor enthusiasts making their way to the top of a glacier will be the main draw at the Tsalteshi Trails Association’s annual meeting this Saturday.

Jenny Neyman, Tsalteshi’s administrative coordinator, said she hopes the films, which are part of the Backcountry Film Festival, will spark public interest in the organization and what it does.

“We started doing this to generate a little more interest in our annual meeting,” she said.

The film festival is made possible by the Winter Wildlands Alliance – a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting land and winter sports, according to the website.

The films present a range of stories and experiences inspired by the hinterland.

Neyman said the range of shorts ranged from extreme sports to outdoor winter recreation, while promoting sustainable recreation.

“The quality of the production is always super good,” she said.

In addition to the film festival, Neyman said Tsalteshi members vying for the four empty board seats will have the opportunity to present themselves at Saturday’s meeting.

Voting, open only to Tsalteshi members, will begin online after the meeting.

Neyman said the event is a great opportunity to meet local recreation enthusiasts and recruit new members for the association. Members, she said, are covering the costs of running the free public trail system in Soldotna.

“Membership is how we pay for the grooming,” she said. “This is how we keep our lights on.”

The annual fee is $ 20 for students and those over the age of 60, $ 50 for adults, and $ 120 for families of up to five members.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex conference hall. Board nominations and elections begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Backcountry Film Festival premieres at 7:00 p.m.

Tsalteshi members enter for free. Admission for non-members is $ 20. Admission also includes a free beer or root beer donated by Kenai River Brewing Company.

“Come for the movies and stay to learn more about Tsalteshi,” Neyman said.

Contact journalist Camille Botello at [email protected]

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