What comes to mind when you envision outdoor recreation in southern Utah? Exploring winding canyons, biking over slickrock, splitter cracks, and…skiing? Yes. Skiing. If this doesn’t come as a surprise to you, then you’re exactly the person we’re looking for. Winter Wildlands Alliance and Outdoor Alliance are teaming up to measure the economic impact of backcountry skiing on the Manti La Sal National Forest. Covering more than 1.2 million acres of public land in the central and southeastern parts of Utah and the far western part of Colorado, the Manti La Sal National Forest ranges from the Abajo and La Sal mountains in southeastern Utah to the Wasatch Plateau and Sanpitch mountains hundreds of miles away in central Utah. With peaks stretching to 12,721 feet, the Manti La Sal National Forest includes Utah’s second-highest mountains (the La Sals) and there are amazing opportunities for backcountry skiing, splitboarding, and other snowsports all across the forest.
If you’ve skied, snowshoed, or otherwise played in the snow in southern Utah, please help us out by taking this survey. Quantifying the economic impact of human-powered snowsports on the Manti La Sal National Forest will help us to advocate for snowsports enthusiasts and make a case for protecting and encouraging winter recreation opportunities in the upcoming forest plan revision.
Click Here to Take the Survey.