May 2023

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Whether you prefer powder over corn (or vice versa), it’s clear we all love winter. Please take the next step and become a member of our Alliance. We are skiers and snowboarders. Snowshoers and mountaineers. Dog sledders and fat bike riders. We are YOU and we give a voice to solitude together. Join us to celebrate winter, take action, and keep winter wild.

Read Our Latest “Trail Break”

“Trail Break” is an annual publication by Winter Wildlands Alliance featuring inspiring images, stories, profiles and updates from across America’s wild snowscapes—printed in full color on recycled paper.

This edition includes articles such as “Partnering with Nature: Climate Solutions from the Ground Up” by Kayla Heidenreich and “Winter Stories: Finding Balance in Traditional Ecological Knowledge” by Geneva Mayall. Featuring photos by Jason Hummel, Elise Sterck, Lee House, Matthew Tufts, Megan Fiske, Micheli Oliver, and Lione Clare.

Members received a physical copy in the mail. If you are a member and didn’t receive it and want your copy, please email us:

Why is Spring Snow So Sticky?

This winter, we equipped our SnowSchool Weather Station with a new infrared radiometer capable of measuring the surface temperature of snow without physical contact.

Shortly after installing the new sensor, the entire Station was buried by unprecedented snowpack depths. At times, only the anemometer (wind gauge) remained in view and served mostly as a tripping hazard for SnowSchool instructors and their students.

As the historically deep snowpack has finally begun to decline, the weather station and its sensors have re-emerged as a valuable tool for those interested in spring snow. But what does it tell us? And why is spring snow so sticky?

The answer depends partially on who you are.

Policy Update – April 2023

In our latest policy update, we share our take on the Idaho Panhandle Kaniksu OSV travel plan, an update on NEPA, and more.

Thanks to our amazing Alliance, we turned $6,000 into $12,000 in just four days during Idaho Gives! We are so grateful everyone that donated, shared, and supported our biggest Idaho Gives campaign yet.

There is still time to give and be part of this monumental campaign! Plus all donors that give by midnight tonight are entered to win our huge prize package. Give to win today!

Member Meeting: May 8 (Virtual)

Join us virtually to hear about our current policy and advocacy work and get the latest update on our financials and new Strategic Plan.

Our Annual Member Meeting also provides an opportunity to learn more about our Backcountry Film Festival, SnowSchool, member benefits, and ask us questions on the parts of our work that you care about most!

Can’t make it? We will also be recording and sharing the meeting online afterwards. Want to submit a question in advance or in your absence? Email us:


Happy 🌎 Day! Celebrate our favorite place to recreate by taking a moment to stop, stare, and share a breath with nature today. Your voice matters and we’re glad you’re here. Take the next step and join our Alliance at our link in bio to celebrate our Earth and our work to protect America’s snowscapes:

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