The snow continues to pile up in the mountains and we are here to help guide you to winter adventure and tell stories of hope, struggle, and joy in the wild. In the latest issue, we talk to artist and athlete Brooklyn Bell, a member of the Faction ski team who is paving the way for femme people of color creating their own identity in the outdoors. EO senior editor Chris Kassar takes on the Grand Traverse ski race to honor the memory of her sister. Will Brendza reports on the tragic death of ski legend Ron LeMaster and resorts’s efforts to increase safety on the slopes. We hand out our coveted Peak Gear Awards, honoring the stuff that our core contributors and outdoor addicts just can’t live without. Peter Kray honors the heroes of the 10th Mountain Division and the new national monument at Camp Hale. Plus, there’s hot springs, backcountry gear, schralpinism, naked skiers, ice bars, and so much more.

Read the Winter 2022-23 issue in flipbook form Here

Editor’s Letter

There’s a lot that watching birds can teach us about the long reach of time and how we should continue to share this planet with other species.

Quick Hits

Baring it all in Full Frontal Freedom; the artist who remade Aspen; Colorado’s backcountry hot springs; close-to-home adventure in Estes Park; cleaning up plastic in the national parks; snowmobile safety; Jeremy Jones and the art of shralpinism; and much, much more.


The tragic death of skiing legend Ron LeMaster in a blindside collision has brought up questions about safety and personal responsibility at ski resorts. Do we need to do more?

Hot Spot

Ski pow at Wolf Creek and soak at Pagosa Springs, where sitting in hot water is far more than an aprés activity.

Straight Talk

An artist, a professional mountain biker, and now a professional skier, Brooklyn Bell has been out here. In the film Becoming Ruby J, she created a Black femme character to live up to—now she is living that life.


President Biden declared a new Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument this fall, honoring both the Ute people and the soldiers who trained here and gave everything.

Back to Breath

When Chris Kassar’s sister died of cancer, grief threatened to paralyze her. Then she decided to take on the Grand Traverse ski race—without knowing if or how it would help.

Best Gear for the Backcountry

It’s shaping up to be an incredible snow year across the West. Here’s the best new gear that will help you enjoy the untracked and stay safe in the backcountry.

The 2023 Winter Peak Gear Awards

It’s time to hand out our coveted hardware to the best stuff we put to the test out in the wild—and keep using every day.

Cover image: Featured in the films The Approach and Being Ruby J and sponsored by Faction, Brooklyn Bell is becoming the inspiration for a new generation. Photo by Matt Roebke Instagram @mattroebke

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