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Backcountry ski season is underway. Help protect the places you love by joining Winter Wildlands Alliance.

Wilderness touches people in diverse ways. For me, wilderness connects, motivates, inspires, and calms my being. I feel an awe that comes with new experiences, or even the same experiences on a different day. Venturing into the wilderness forces me to be truly in the moment, which never fails to give me a new perspective and a certain awareness.

“Because the fulfillment of human-powered adventure fills my cup to the brim.”

At Winter Wildlands Alliance, we are grateful to members like you who help us protect and preserve raw, vast, and quiet winter landscapes for the sake of conservation and human-powered recreation. We hope that a membership to our organization is a way to fuel your passion about snow and winter, and also public lands, conservation, and equitable recreation.

Recently, we heard from a few of our members about the reasons they seek experiences in snow-covered landscapes and why they care about conservation. Here’s what they have to say.

Most people think of the Winter Solstice as the darkest day of the year. We like to think of it as the first day of winter, when light ushers in a new season. This year, we’re also welcoming a new decade. As we approach the Winter Solstice, consider joining the movement to Keep Winter Wild.

This holiday season, consider making a gift to winter. We have two ways you can give: A membership to Winter Wildlands Alliance or a donation made through Patagonia’s Action Works Page.

Maybe it’s just us, but it seems like it always snows in early fall. The first snowfall is a tease, a reminder that warm, long days are behind us and the time to prepare for winter is now. For those of us who ski or ride untracked fields of powder, the first snow is a giddy celebration of what’s to come. We’ve got the butterflies for all the ski days ahead. Don’t you? 

To celebrate the first flakes of winter, we are giving everyone who signs up to be a member for Winter Wildlands Alliance a Flylow trucker hat. We only have a few left, so sign up to be a member now. Yeah, we know a membership means a lot more than a hat. It’s joining a far-reaching movement of backcountry skiers and riders who are passionate about untouched lines of snow, who find meditative enjoyment on the skin track, whose best days last not from first to last chair but from sunup to sundown. 

Our members are at the core of everything we do. They support our work in winter conservation. They promote our advocacy for human-powered recreation on public lands. They help us to introduce the next generation to winter. They show up at the Backcountry Film Festival, where we stoke out the community and raise money for grassroots causes across the country.

A hat is not the reason for joining Winter Wildlands Alliance. But it’s made by our partners at Flylow, who include “skiing” in their job description, so you know it’s a hat worth wearing all season long.

Get your hat and become a member now.