December 2022

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Thank you to everyone who made our 2022 Giving Tuesday event so successful last week! We had 123 supporters donate $21,700, which surpassed our goal in order to maximize REI Co-op’s $15,000 match. This is a huge increase from last year’s Giving Tuesday gifts and, clearly, we could not do this work without you.

Every year, Giving Tuesday provides momentum to kick off our year-end fundraising as the snow begins to fall. It’s a special time and we know you have a lot of organizations to consider giving to, so thank you for choosing Winter Wildlands Alliance!

These year-end gifts directly support our mission to protect America’s wild snowscapes, to preserve opportunities for quiet, sustainable recreation, to engage kids in the magic of winter, and to restore nature-based climate resilience for a better future.

If you missed the chance to give, you can contribute to our year-end fundraising by joining, donating, or shopping our wild winter gear this holiday season!

Read Our Latest “Trail Break”

“Trail Break” is a twice-annual publication of Winter Wildlands Alliance, featuring inspiring images, stories, profiles and updates from across America’s wild snowscapes—printed in full color on recycled paper. If you are not a member or supporting partner, you have yet to see our latest edition, which includes the following:

“The Future We Could Have” by David Page, WWA Executive Director

“Beyond Acknowledgment: Listening to the Land” by Danielle Stickman

“Legend, Member: A Profile of Doug Robinson”

“Hal’s Picks: Skin Track Recipe and Playlist” by WWA Board Member, Hal Hallstein

“Member, Activist, Founder of Black Diamond Equipment: A Profile of Peter Metcalf”

“Backcountry Together” by Caitlin Yong

“Board Member: A Profile of Denis Tuzinovic”

“The Future of Snow: Small Humans Take on Big Questions” by Kerry McClay, WWA National SnowSchool Director

“Advocate, Member: A Profile of Maddie Fahnline”

“Skiing With Wildlife” by Jana Rogers

Permitting Reform Update

Right now, Senator Manchin is trying to get his permitting reform bill passed by attaching it to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) before Congress shuts down for the year. Permitting reform and changes to NEPA could have lasting consequences, and they need to be made thoughtfully, with review and feedback from Americans and their elected officials. Read more about how you can continue to take action and tell Congress to not rush permitting reform!

“How Some Skiers Are Taking Back the Mountains” via The New York Times

“Climate change is shortening ski seasons and wreaking havoc on infrastructure…. Some skiers and snowboarders are trying to reclaim their sports by building a culture that is more inclusive and sustainable.” We were recently featured in The New York Times article “Taking Back the Mountains” by David Goodman about the state of skiing and snow culture. Read the full write-up at the button below!

Winter Travel Planning Webinar

Advocates for the West hosted a discussion with Winter Wildlands and WildEarth Guardians about the evolution of human winter travel on our western National Forests, motorized impacts to wildlife and natural resources, and the need to conserve land and soundscapes through hard-fought, science-based regulation. Watch the recording now to learn more about our work from Policy Director, Hilary Eisen, and other panelists!

Take Action: Save the Boundary Waters

Minnesota Representative McCollum and Senator Smith are leading efforts in Congress to pass H.R. 2794, the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act. This legislation would ban sulfide-ore copper mining on federal public lands in the watershed of the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park forever. Send a letter to your Congress representatives today and urge them to pass H.R. 2794!

November Policy Update

In this month’s policy update, we share about winter travel planning, the Sierra and Sequoia forest plan revision, and our participation in the pre-scoping collaborative focused on Inyo National Forest winter travel management.

Backcountry Film Festival: On Tour Now!

Over the past 18 seasons, hosts have screened the Backcountry Film Festival across the country, raising over $1.5 million for local backcountry communities. Screenings are hosted by grassroots groups, nonprofits, avy centers, snow education sites, and other organizations to support and celebrate their work. And that’s because YOU show up! Find your closest BCFF screening and get your tickets now to make this our most successful tour season yet.


“Snow meditation at its finest: let it snow!”

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