As activists, Winter Wildlands Alliance builds relationships with grassroots snowsports and conservation groups, providing networking opportunities and useful resources. WWA publicizes national issues impacting human-powered snowsports and maintains a national presence by communicating regularly with Forest Service, Park Service, and Congressional representatives, commenting on draft management plans and encouraging agencies to adopt skier-friendly policies. We provide opportunities for groups and individuals alike to get engaged by issuing action alerts about issues relevant to the winter backcountry. And our work and initiatives continue to grow.
In 2005 we created the Backcountry Film Festival as a way to celebrate the human-powered experience – creating an outlet for filmmakers, and uniting backcountry enthusiasts for a night of fun with a purpose. Our hand-picked selection of films tours to more than 100 cities worldwide each winter, raising money for grassroots snowsports groups, avalanche centers, SnowSchool sites and other conservation partners along the way. Look for the Backcountry Film Festival in a town near you.
And in a desire to further our mission of promoting winter wildlands, we started SnowSchool – an unforgettable winter adventure for children that combines hands-on science learning with outdoor exploration. Bundled up and fitted with snowshoes, students venture out into America’s winter wildlands to discover the wonders of a snowbound ecosystem. With 28,000 annual participants at forty five sites across the United States, SnowSchool is a hands-down success with teachers, students, parents and public land managers. WWA’s SnowSchool program extends our mission of promoting winter wildlands by fostering ecological literacy and a love for outdoor exploration among K-12 students.