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5th Annual Mores Mountain Stewardship Project

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Winter Wildlands Alliance, with support from SnowSchool at Bogus Basin and Boise REI, will be hosting the 5th annual stewardship project at Mores Mountain. In partnership with US Forest Service's Mountain Home Ranger District volunteers will gather to give back to a treasured, outdoor space at Mores Mountain. With its close proximity to the Treasure Valley, Mores Mountain is a well-loved and well used recreational area just above Bogus Basin. Mores Mountain offers trails for hikers, bikers, and skiers alike. With its panoramic views, guided nature walks, and designated picnic and camping spots it is a year round destination for multiple users groups.

Winter Wildlands would like to invite you to our 5th annual Stewardship project at Mores Mountain. This is our opportunity to give back to the places we play and love. We will be out on the trails, improving trail features, removing brush and cleaning up from the many months of use.

Project will be Friday June 23rd at 9:00 am at the Mores Mountain Trailhead, past Bogus Basin Ski Area. If you are interested in carpooling please come to the Bogus Basin Main Offices at 2600 Bogus Basin Rd at 8:00am to ride up.
Gather your friends and family and join us for this one day volunteer event.

We will be out on the trails from 9:00am – 3pm. Please bring
• Water
• Layers
• Work Gloves
• Good walking/hiking shoes
• Loads of smiles and high fives
Winter Wildlands will provide work tools, snacks and high fives right back at cha!

We look forward to a great day in the dirt. If you have any questions about the event please contact Kerry McClay at kmcclay@winterwildlands.org


The Swiveltones Benefit Concert in Boise, ID

The Swiveltones are getting together and rocking the house at the Visual Arts Collective. This legendary product-of-Idaho band brings you original rock-punk-soul infused jams, sure to leave you dancing your heart out.
Proceeds benefit SnowSchool, a program of Winter Wildlands Alliance. Dancing, raffle, drinks. Come down for a great cause and great concert!

Visual Arts Collective

Saturday, April 8th

Doors 8:00p | Show 9:00p

Tickets available HERE

SnowSchool is an unforgettable winter adventure that combines hands-on science education with snowshoe-powered outdoor exploration. Learn more about the program at snowschool.org

Please note this is a 21 and older event.

Questions? Contact Keili Bell at kbell@winterwildlands.org


Mapping Workshops for Skiers and Snowshoers

Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the Wyoming Wilderness Association, Togwotee Pass Backcountry Alliance, NOLS, and the Beartooth Recreational Trails Association are hosting mapping workshops for skiers and snowshoers in communities surrounding the Shoshone National Forest (in northwest Wyoming) during the weeks of January 19 and February 1.  We will discuss how to use online mapping tools to gather and share information about backcountry skiing areas and provide information on how skiers can get involved in the ongoing Shoshone National Forest winter travel management planning process.  Skiers and snowshoers of all experience levels are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be provided.

Mapping workshops will take place as follows.  Click the link to RSVP:

Cody: Tuesday, January 19. 6-8pm in the Bighorn Federal community room (1701 Stampede Ave)

Dubois: Wednesday, January 20 at 5:15-7:15 pm in the Dubois library meeting room (202 N 1st St)

Lander: Thursday, January 21 at 6-8 pm at the Nobel Hotel (288 Main Street)

Red Lodge: Monday, February 1 from 6-8 pm in the Red Lodge Library meeting room (3 8th St W)


 

Benefit ConcertThe Swiveltones Benefit Concert in Boise, ID

The band members of The Swiveltones are getting together and rocking the house at the Visual Arts Collective. Proceeds to benefit Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool Program. Dancing, raffle, drinks. Come down for a good cause and good time!

Visual Arts Collective
Saturday, November 7th
Doors at 8:00pm Show at 9:00pm
Minimum Donation $5
Tickets can be purchased at door or at http://theswiveltones.bpt.me/

SnowSchool is an unforgettable winter adventure that combines hands-on science education with snowshoe-powered outdoor exploration. Learn more about the program at snowschool.org

Please note this is a 21 and older event.

Questions? Contact Brittany Jones at bjones@winterwildlands.org


SnowSchool needs your outdated beacons!

The SnowSchool program is designed to introduce underserved K-12 students to the wonders of winter. We need your retired beacons to help develop a portion of our science curriculum for middle/high school science students. These beacons will never be used in avalanche terrain nor part of any backcountry expedition. In their retirement they will be used in a very short but fun awareness building activity (think Easter-egg hunt) around the Nordic Lodge at Bogus Basin SnowSchool. The objective of this experience is to illustrate a day in the life of a snow scientist. BCA Tracker beacons are ideal but any beacons are helpful. Donations are tax deductible! 

Questions? Contact-LVS-Tracker-DTS
Kerry McClay
Office: 208-336-4203
kmcclay@winterwildlands.org

Mail beacons to-
Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool
910 Main Street, Suite 235
Boise, Idaho 83702


Submit your human-powered winter films to us!

BCFF poster 15 Submit your FilmsDo you have a film that embodies the joy of being in the Backcountry? Does it take place in Winter?  Are you using human power in your adventure?

What are we looking for in a film?  We like winter faceshots and epic skiing but we also want to be inspired and share a good story.  Tell us who you are and why you are out in the backcountry. We also like stories of conservation and environmental issues that impact winter recreation.

Your film should be no longer than 25 minutes

Submitting is FREE and the deadline is Sept 15th

Contact Keili Bell for more info kbell@winterwildlands.org


Trail Break Newsletter

30010_WWA_TrailBreak_Spring15_web_Page_1Winter Wildlands Alliance issues our Trail Break newsletter three times per year, providing up-to-date news on policy, events, action alerts, and other program updates. Members receive a hard copy of Trail Break, and past issues can be viewed here.

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Winter Wildlands Alliance Grassroots Advocacy Conference

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It's Here!

(c) Jim Harris, Perpetual Weekend

Today is a big day for the future of balance in the backcountry. Almost 10 years after the Forest Service issued the Travel Management Rule – directing the management of wheeled-vehicle use, but making management of snowmobiles optional – we finally have a national rule that does the same for winter use. The long overdue […] Read more.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 Federal Court Issues Historic Snowmobile Management Ruling

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Even though this news is delivered on April 1st, this is no joke. It’s a historic win for Winter Wildlands Alliance and for all those who value piece and quiet in the winter backcountry. All of us at WWA offer a huge thanks to Advocates for the West and attorney Laurie Rule who presented a compelling case on our behalf.

Following is a news release we issued this morning: Federal Court Overturns Forest Service Exemption of Snowmobiles. Read more.