It’s only just begun, but 2018 is fixing to be a pretty epic year. For starters, the Winter Olympics are set to take place in February (check out this month’s Numerology for a look at some odd, interesting facts about the Winter Olympics over the years). It’s been a mild start to the season in the Rockies, which means the snow is on its way, and this issue has everything you need to know about the best backcountry skiing in Colorado, the ultimate gear to safely shred out of bounds in, and the hot spots that some of the top adventurers in the state go to play. Our Jan-Feb issue is also packed with info on Outdoor Retailer’s big move to Colorado, epic powder in Quebec, and the big reveal of the six Colorado residents voted the most badass in the state in our annual Resident Badass poll. Grab an issue on stands now, or read on for a look at Elevation Outdoors Magazine’s first issue of the new year!

Editor’s Letter

Maybe we should listen to the locals.

No Ice, No Problem

Once a bizarre niche sport, dry-tooling—using ice tools on nothing but bare rock—is gaining in popularity.

Lift Rebirth 

A Colorado company is saving the history of skiing, one retired lift chair at a time.

Eat, Sleep, Play: Buena Vista

Small town charm oozes from the top of Mount Princeton to the banks of the Arkansas River.

Local Hero: Amy Purdy

This Paralympic champ helps disabled kids dream gold.

Miracle Migration

Take a front row seat at one of the planet’s greatest wildlife shows.

Flashpoint: The Big Show

The Outdoor Retailer trade show will bring a big economic boost to Denver and the state of Colorado. But can it bring even more business to the state? Can it create the political might to have a say when it comes to America’s public lands?

Hotspot: Athlete-Inspired Adventures

Looking to up your game this winter? We asked some of Colorado’s top mountain athletes about their favorite big outdoor undertakings. Now you can follow in their paths.

The Trail: Backcountry Ski Homestake Peak

Download the free ViewRanger app and follow this route to reach the top of a Colorado winter summit and spend the night in a 10th Mountain Hut.

Numerology: Medal Count

We sought out these odd and interesting facts and figures about the Winter Olympics and Colorado in preparation for this year’s games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Straight Talk: Andrew Woods

The head coach of the U.S. Freeski Halfpipe Team tells us what to watch in the Olympics and how resorts can grow the often misunderstood sport.

Colorado Badasses

These gritty, determined Colorado athletes raised the bar for everyone over the last year. But it was not just physical feats that got our attention. Read on to see what it takes to pull off the top athletic achievements in the state and be named to Elevation Outdoors’ roster of biggest badasses out there.

The Great White Northeast

Want a winter escape with zero avalanche danger and a favorable exchange rate? Point your tips to Quebec and the chill backcountry of Mont Tremblant.

Gear: Best of the Backcountry

Whether you’re tagging uphill laps at your local resort or touring deep into the wild, this new, lightweight gear will get you far and away—and back home again.

2018 Race and Event Guide

Start planning your year of adventure now with our complete race and event guide.

Hear This: Celluloid Heroes

The Boulder International Film Festival pairs up-and-coming singer songwriters with talented young directors, making it an ideal venue for listening to new music.

The Road: The Big Reboot

The 10th Mountain Division’s return to Colorado aims to renew the deep ties between soldiers and skiers.

Elwayville: This Golden Moment

The U.S. ski team has become a powerhouse and a favorite to bring home a full haul of medals from Korea. But a roster of legendary skiers got us here.

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