December 2021

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A message from WWA Executive Director, Todd Walton:

Thanks to our human-powered Alliance, we were able to raise $22,000 this Giving Tuesday.

While we are a national nonprofit representing our human-powered collective, we are also six humans with a connection to our supporters and the wild winter experiences we all cherish.

Our impact was doubled this week thanks to all of YOU and it will help us continue to Ski Kind, advocate for human-powered users in winter travel planning across our shared national forests, take on unnecessary resort expansions, and ensure wild winters are experienced by all humans for many seasons to come.

If you aren’t already or missed your chance to double your donation earlier this week, please consider becoming a member of the only national organization representing human-powered interests in the backcountry. Join our Alliance community as we continue to share, protect, and explore wild winters together.

Our work matters because of you (and for all winter-loving humans). From our hearts to the tips of our skis, thank you.

As the snow begins to fly, I hope you Ski Kind and Keep Winter Wild!

See you in the backcountry,

Todd Walton

WWA Executive Director

WWA Member Profile: Bruce Gugliotta

In Lyon Mountain, NY, Bruce finds himself at home in wild snow with his family. As a WWA member, he’s helping us save wild winters for his daughters and future public lands stewards.

Teton Range Bighorn Sheep Working Group

Check out the full line-up for the latest Backcountry Film Festival program: now touring! In-person and virtual screenings across the country all winter long. Get stoked by watching the trailer today and find your local screening.

Policy Update – November 2021

In this month’s policy update, we check in on the Shoshone National Forest Draft Travel Plan, the new Outdoor Recreation Act, a NEPA update, and Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre Forest Plan Revision.

SnowSchool and STEM

How a K-12 SnowSchool site in Idaho City, ID is recharging their curriculum with outdoor learning and STEM-accredited programming.

Wild Winter Gift Guide

It’s that time of year: wax the boards, check your bindings, pull out your snowshoes, dust off your beacon and get ready for winter! Whether it’s early season turns, skinning up the resort, cross-country adventures, or simply getting out for a walk in the snow: here are a few things to make this winter the best ever.

NEPA News: Phase 1 Restoration

The Biden Administration will move forward with reviving portions of the regulation that requires federal environmental reviews. Wild winters stand to win with more environmental review and climate-conscious alternatives to proposed projects on public lands.

New WWA Merch

We’ve loaded our wild winter webstore with new merch just in time for the holidays! It should be easy to find yourself some goodies that support wild winters and your days in the snow. From YETI drinkware, to easy-to-attach PoleClinometers, to new ski and skin wax, and these awesome Northwest Alpine x Ski Kind base layers: there’s something for everyone.

Wild Winter Events

Don’t miss out on the following upcoming wild winter events hosted by us and our partners! Make sure to bookmark our website calendar or follow us as we post events.

The Backcountry Film Festival is back in-person and virtual this season! Wondering where your local screening is happening? Keep up to date via our tour schedule here.

From WWA Ambassador and Alaskan adventurer, Luc Mehl is hosting two FREE webinars to better your winter backcountry knowledge: “Know When to Go” on Friday, Dec 3 at 8:00pm ET to help you use near-real-time satellite imagery to help plan your backcountry trip; and “Find Yourself!” on Monday, Dec 6 at 8:00pm ET to teach you how to use your phone as a GPS when in the backcountry. Sign up at the links and get ready for a wild winter!


#OptOutside and watch the latest @backcountryfilmfestival in your backyard this weekend! Find your local screening or how to watch virtually at our link in bio.”

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