November 2023

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Whatever your favorite trail snack is…

…we know we’re in for a good time when we’re deep in the snow with you!

Are you protecting America’s snowscapes with us?

If not, consider becoming 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.

If you’re already a member, thank you! Please consider gifting a membership or becoming a monthly sustainer!

Backcountry Film Festival Trailer & Tour!

The 19th annual Backcountry Film Festival is officially on tour! Every season, BCFF heads to over 100 mountain communities to celebrate the upcoming snow season and raise funds to support your backyard backcountry. Check out the trailer, film line-up, and find your local screening at our website.

Read & Share Our Latest Trail Break

Trail Break is our twice-annual publication featuring inspiring images, stories, profiles and updates from across America’s wild snowscapes—printed in full color on recycled paper.

Our digital version is available on our website now for all of our wild winter community to read and share! If you’d like to receive a free printed copy in your mailbox next Spring, become a member today!

Ambler Road Update

Winter Wildlands Alliance is part of a coalition working to defend the Brooks Range in Alaska against the proposed Ambler Road. In October, the BLM released a new supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) examining the impacts of the proposed Ambler Road on clean water, Indigenous communities, and wild places that are home to the critical Western Arctic caribou herd.

Currently, the BLM is accepting comments on the EIS and proposed plan. Learn more and sign our petition with our partners at Defend the Brooks Range using the button below!

“What If?” Our 2023 Film Grant Winner

Please join us in congratulating the team behind the film “What If?” as our 2023 Human-Powered Film Grant winner!

A countdown into the mind of a backcountry skier as he contemplates the delicate balance between risk and reward; confidence and apprehension. “What If?” highlights two separate spaces of Mallory Duncan’s personal reflection of his time in the backcountry and his physical exertion in the backcountry.

Presented by Winter Wildlands Alliance and Sierra Nevada, the Human-Powered Film Grant provides financial support for stories of wild winter adventure, connection, and human-powered experiences in the outdoors.

Pledge to Ski Kind this Winter

Join fellow backcountry skiers, riders, splitboarders, snowshoers, and adventurers in pledging to Ski Kind this winter! By taking the pledge, you become a part of the growing Ski Kind community and it helps us measure our impact while continuing to provide you with the best resources for a successful ski season.

Policy Update: October

In this month’s policy update, we provide insights on the Inyo National Forest’s winter travel plan, OSV planning developments in Colorado and Utah, and the proposed Ambler Road project in Alaska (along with opportunities for public engagement in these decision-making processes).


“🚀 ❄️ Our NASA SnowEx collaboration continues as WWA SnowSchool sites from Wisconsin to Alaska to Colorado are receiving hundreds of educational snow science kits this fall!

We are successfully working to advance snow education nationally alongside our partners at The University of Alaska SnowEd Team, especially education and outreach designer Serina Wesen, and our SnowSchool sites across the country.

For more details on this partnership, check out our full blog on SnowEd and the kits at our website.”