The Stash Blog

Kids in Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool run in the mountains and throw snowballs on snowshoes

We're Going Back to (Snow)School!

As teachers and students across the country prepare to head back to the classroom this month, we're also getting ready for the next season of SnowSchool. We're especially excited to bring a new and expanded version of SnowSchool to school districts like the Basin School District in rural Idaho.
Grassroots Advocacy Conference and wild weekend flyer
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Our Wild Weekend is a Gathering for Public Lands

Join us in Boise the last weekend of October for the Wild Weekend, a gathering that will equip you with knowledge and tools, connect you to a network of fellow outdoor enthusiasts and advocates for public lands, and fuel your excitement for the upcoming winter. Wild Weekend encompasses three keystone events: the Grassroots Advocacy Conference featuring keynote speaker James Edward Mills, Backcountry Film Festival World Premiere, and SnowSchool SnowBall. There will be speakers, ski movies, dancing, adventures, panels, and so much more. 
Backcountry Film Festival poster from 2012 to 2013 with a cartoon of a man riding a bicycle cart on the snow
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We’ve Been Pressing Play on Ski Movies for 15 Years

Fifteen years ago, the staff at Winter Wildlands Alliance pressed play on a ski movie called Sanctified. It was produced by KGB Productions and Newschoolers, of all places, called it an “environmentally focused, soulful ski film.” That first showing was a true grassroots beginning for the Backcountry Film Festival. One ski movie evolved into a “film night,” and then in 2007, a full-on festival tour with screenings in Salt Lake City, Sun Valley, Steamboat Springs, and Tahoe.
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How NEPA Saved a High Sierra Sanctuary from Becoming a ‘Winter Disneyland’

From the beginning, the National Environmental Policy Act has been an important tool for skiers seeking to protect wild backcountry areas. 
A backcountry skier with his skis attached to his backpack stands on a ridgetop overlooking mountains in Washington's Olympic Peninsula
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Jason Hummel’s Project to Ski Washington’s Glaciers

Winter Wildlands Alliance ambassador and professional photographer Jason Hummel has spent decades skiing and exploring Washington’s jagged, remote mountains. Over the years, his objectives have become more than just a single peak. Hummel’s adventuring is a means to understand the mountains around him. 
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The Forest Service Doesn't Want To Hear From You

The Forest Service has proposed eliminating public comment opportunities and creating new loopholes to expedite logging, mining, and road building on the 193 million acres of National Forests and Grasslands across the country.
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Host the Backcountry Film Festival!

The Backcountry Film Festival is a turn-key fundraising event to raise money and awareness for organizations, backcountry retailers, university clubs, and other groups focused on protecting wild winter landscapes and recreation in their local communities.
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June Policy Update: Good Bills, Travel Plan Objections, NEPA on the Ropes

President Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) into law on January 1, 1970.  With summer solstice in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start looking forward to the coming winter! Just kidding. Here at Winter Wildlands…
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SnowSchool 2018-19 Season Wrap-Up

The SnowSchool season is a wrap!  And although we are already planning for the coming winter, we put together this season-end report to update everyone on all the recent SnowSchool developments...
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Calling All Backcountry Filmmakers! 2019-20 BCFF Submissions Open

It's that time of the year: film submissions are open for the 15th annual Backcountry Film Festival!
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Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization promoting and
preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports
experience on public lands.