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Battle zones, recreational playgrounds or sacred spaces?

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"Banff is steeped in mystique," Hofstetter said. "It is a place of power, a place from where huge influence and change can flow."

And after taking in a week of mountain culture, where friendships were renewed day after day at the festivals and night after night in the pub, the 10,000 people who gathered here from around the globe went back home with some semblance of what makes the mountains such a special place.

Next time you’re up in the mountains, or when you view some of these films, take the time to think about what the mountains mean to you: War or peace? Development or nature? Conflict or spiritual renewal?

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – which includes 250 North American screenings from Masset on the Queen Charlotte Islands to New York City – will be in Whistler Dec. 8-9 at the Myrtle Philip Community Centre.

Advance tickets are $13; $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with films staring at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact Escape Route at 604-938-3228.