November 2022

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At times it feels like everything we value is at risk. But when it comes to countering the impacts of climate change and protecting the snowscapes we all care about, Winter Wildlands Alliance is out in front, breaking trail.

Together, over more than two decades, we have built a powerful national network of grassroots advocates and allies with deep expertise, shared values of equity, inclusivity and public land stewardship, and a compelling vision of a future that includes people and nature working together to sustain a healthy planet.

Because of your support, we are able to realize this vision and work towards it as a reality.

November not only marks the start of our busy season (and hopefully the first snowfall wherever winter finds you) but also kicks off our year-end fundraising efforts.

Our year-end fundraising allows us to inject energy into our budget mid-season so we can continue to grow capacity on our team and in our national campaigns to protect America’s wild snowscapes.

Be an integral part of our Alliance and help us jumpstart our year-end fundraising by giving today!

Already a member? Great, thank you! You can also help us by donating an additional gift, buying merch, or sharing/gifting our member program with your favorite backcountry buddies.

Not a member? Easy, join today to support our work!

Ever Heard of Solar Winter?

“The suddenly dark evenings and the frozen-solid dirt trails this time of year always remind me that dramatic changes are underway. And even on those rare and unseasonably warm days in late November, the low angle of the sun in the sky and the fleeting minutes of daylight feel like the most dominant seasonal cue.” An exploration of the positive manifestations of (solar) winter by our National SnowSchool Director, Kerry McClay.

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.

Planning for Wild Winters (and Playing in the Snow)

WWA board and staff met in Nederland, Colorado to explore our vision for wild winters and how our mission gets us there together. Moving forward, we are excited to share more with you as we develop and finalize a fresh new 3-5 year strategic plan.

Training for the Slopes with Ski Babes

Sarah Histand of Ski Babes & Mind and Mountain shares how to train from your living room to get strong for the slopes! As we get our winter tuned up and ready to go, Sarah provides two easy ways to start tuning up our bodies for the season, too. Level up your snow skills and have a strong winter.

Winter Travel Planning Webinar

November 30 at 6:00pm MT on Zoom

Advocates for the West hosts a discussion with WWA 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 “Finding Gulo”

Straight out of last winter’s Backcountry Film Festival line-up, one of our favorite films is now available to watch for free at any time you’d like! “Finding Gulo” follows a backcountry ski guide and a field biologist who attempt to document an elusive population of wolverines in Washington’s Cascade Range. When our government fails to act, can citizen science save endangered wildlife from climate change?

October Policy Update

In this month’s policy update, we share the snow stoke across the West, our Backcountry Film Festival premiere, Camp Hale, and grassroots success in Alaska.


A video of our human knot record setting attempt posted WWA Executive Director, David Page’s personal Instagram (@dtpage): “Sporty human knot exercise at 10,400 feet. #teambuilding #strategicplanning

Watch at David’s Instagram profile.