October 2023

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Whatever the woolly caterpillar predicts…

…we know we’re in for a good winter with you! Urban legend or not, we work to protect America’s snowscapes for any kind of season.

Do you want to protect winter wildlands?

If so, consider becoming a member of our Alliance. If you’re already a member, consider gifting a membership or becoming a monthly sustainer!

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.

Our Latest Trail Break Magazine

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.

Alliance members receive our newest Trail Break magazine in their mailbox for free. Join by October 10 to get this edition and all future editions!

Happy Water (New) Year!

As cool weather descends upon parts of the Western US, it’s a reminder for many communities that snow is on the way! In one sense, this is the beginning of a new year. Sure, you won’t find many seasonal calendars for sale at your local mall that start with October, but from a snow and water perspective the new water year starts on October 1 and runs through September 30.

Inyo National Forest: Comment by Oct 20

The Inyo National Forest has released its Proposed Action for Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) Use Designation, kicking off a 3-year process to determine where snowmobiles, timbersleds, snowbikes and other motorized OSVs will be allowed on the forest—and which areas should be protected for wildlife, natural soundscapes and non-motorized use.

Unfortunately, this first effort proposes to designate motorized use pretty much everywhere on the forest outside of designated Wilderness, providing extremely limited frontcountry access to non-motorized experiences from trailheads and communities in the Eastern Sierra.

Grassroots Advocacy Conference Success

The 2023 Conference brought 80 humans together for inspiring discussions about the past, present, and future of our public lands. By sharing diverse perspectives and exploring critical issues to America’s snowscapes, we all left this year’s Conference inspired, engaged, and empowered.

19th Backcountry Film Festival On Tour

The 19th annual Backcountry Film Festival premieres in Boise, ID on October 26 and will go on tour across the snowbelt from there. We are thrilled to share this season’s Festival poster, designed by Tony DeBoom of Endurance Conspiracy.

Our film line-up and trailer will be released tomorrow, bookmark our tour map now to make sure you don’t miss your backyard screening!

Policy Update: September

In this month’s policy update, we share updates on NEPA, forest plan revisions, and Inyo National Forest’s winter travel plan.


⚡ ACTION ALERT ⚡ In partnership with @outdooralliance and @americanalpineclub, we’re continuing our fight to #ProtectNEPA. Right now, the White House is looking for feedback on its efforts to modernize and strengthen the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by September 29, 2023.

NEPA is a core environmental law that ensures informed environmental reviews on projects that happen on your public lands and waters.

Learn more about our on-going fight to protect NEPA at our Instagram account. Video by Outdoor Alliance.