September 2022

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How many forests need winter travel plans?





The answer is 80! Thanks for guessing.

There are 80 national forests that receive enough snow to warrant the creation and implementation of winter travel plans. WWA and our nationwide grassroots network are working to represent conservation and human powered recreation in all of these planning processes.

Read more about our recent winter travel planning work here.

Our members play a critical role in this work by lending their voice to our efforts and helping support the professional staff who spend long hours analyzing forest plans, collaborating with stakeholders and agencies, and representing human powered recreation.

Instead of raising member fees in a time where every price seems to be raising, we’ve decided to freeze them. We’re so grateful for everyone who supports our work and our staff to do their jobs day in and day out. Thank you!

If you’re not a member yet, you can become a Wild Winters Member and support our work for just $35!

August Policy Update

In this month’s policy update, we share news on the Sawtooth Huts in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho Panhandle National Forest’s winter travel plan, and Congress expectations post-Inflation Reduction Act.

Backcountry Film Festival: Submit by Oct 1

Do you have a film that embodies the joy of being in the backcountry? Does it take place in winter? Are you using human power in your adventure? Submit your film today for FREE to be considered for the 2022-23 in-person and virtual tour.

A backcountry skier with his skis on his backpack jumps in mid-air at the trailhead in the rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula

WWA Grassroots Network

WWA works with grassroots groups throughout the country to protect winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands. Grassroots network members are part of a national movement for sustainable winter recreation and have access to a variety of resources for increasing awareness and effectiveness of their organizations.

Become a SnowSchool Site

As a SnowSchool site you have access to unique WWA resources to help grow and improve your new or existing program. You also have the opportunity to network with educators who are pursuing creative ways to introduce students to snowshoeing and experience the wonder of winter exploration!

Teton Backcountry Alliance is Hiring

TBCA is hiring a Projects Coordinator! WWA grassroots group TBCA seeks a part-time staff person to coordinate projects and communications. The Projects Coordinator’s primary responsibility will be organizing TBCA’s Teton Pass Winter Ambassador Program. Deadline for applications is September 15. Read more and submit below!


Recently, we worked with grassroots partner Nordic and Backcountry Skiers Alliance of Idaho on a campaign to save access to huts in the Sawtooth backcountry of Idaho. A proposed Sawtooth National Forest plan may result in reducing access to these treasured shelters – as well as set the standard for future backcountry forest plans where we stay and play. Grateful for all of our community members using their voice to protect these wild experiences!

Read more at our Instagram profile.