With our October issue, we say goodbye to summer, and welcome winter with open arms, while celebrating many of our readers’ second favorite season — fall. We hope you can pick up this action-packed issue for free at one of our specialty retailer partners and pass it around for everyone to enjoy. Keep checking back here often at ElevationOutdoors.com, and heck, you can even order it through iTunes if that’s your thing.

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2014-15 RESORT GUIDE

Winter is on the way and we have the beta for where you can make those face-shot dreams come true this season. Plus, snowboarders rejoice! Coach Jeff Brier rates the best mountains for you.

BEST OF WINTER GEAR

What do you do while you wait for your favorite mountain to open? Invest in shiny new gear! Meet our top picks for skis, boards, boots, bindings, helmets, shells, pants and more to keep you happy on the hill.

departments

EDITOR’S LETTER
EO joins The Conservation Alliance.

QUICK HITS
Red Cliff’s new ice park, Adventure in the ABQ,  and more…

FLASHPOINT
For Crested Butte’s Puckett family, ski racing is an inheritance.

HOT SPOT
Eagle, Colorado, is far more than another exit off I-70.

THE TRAIL
Want to climb the state’s highest point? We have a GPS map for you.

STRAIGHT TALK
Pasang Sherpa Akita talks about how the first women’s team scaled K2.

THE ROAD
The early season is all too often a time to wait…but some days the snow gods will bless you. By Drew Pogge

ELWAYVILLE
Peter Kray says farewell to his father—and remembers all he taught him.