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The December issue of Elevation Outdoors magazine is live and on a newsstand for FREE near you now.

The holiday season is upon us, and whether you are immersed in consumerism, just looking for some gear tog et you through the season, or want to rethink the way you give, we have you covered. Our Winter Peak Gear Awards are here, and the EO staff hands out the hardware to the stuff that we  use, abuse, and love the most. This is a new breed of gear award that truly represents the gear that gets us through our outdoor adventures. We also feature a special His?her gift guide, with editors recommending the best items for the outdoor dude or lady in your life. On the non-consumer side of the spectrum, our Good Giving Guide features non profits working to make the planet a better place. Give to them if you don’t believe in all this stuff (and even if you do).

It’s not all gear here. We also run down how Colorado resorts have dealt with a year of legal weed on the slopes. Pete Takeda tells what it takes to survive as a pro climber who has taken harrowing falls and spent days trapped by an avalanche in an ice cave in the Himalayas. Peter Kray gives advice on how you too can piss people off by becoming a publish writer. We give the beta on how to find the best Colorado hot springs for post-snowsports soaks. We offers up free GPS coordinates to take the family snowshoeing at Rocky Mountain National Park. And much more. Join us.

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PEAK GEAR
It’s time for the Elevation Outdoors staff to hand out some hardware for the best gear to keep you at the top of your game this winter. We beat on a ridiculous amount of stuff to determine these worthy winners.

GIFT GUIDE
The stuff dudes and ladies want.

EARLY ICE
While most of you were still riding sunny singletrack, Chris Van Leuven was climbing some frozen water.

GOOD GIVING GUIDE
Here we give you the goods on how to give good.

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EDITOR’S LETTER
Can a company do no harm?

QUICK HITS
Spelunking in Glenwood / Carbondale’s new bike park / winter fly fishing and more!

FLASHPOINT
Marijuana has been legal for almost a year here in Colorado. We dig into how, if at all, it has affected ski resorts.

HOT SPOT
This guide will get you soaking in some of Colorado’s best hot springs.

THE TRAIL
Follow these GPS coordinates to take friends and family snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park.

STRAIGHT TALK
Kimmy Fasani chats about climate change and women in snowboarding.

THE ROAD
Climber Pete Takeda has had more than his share of close calls.

HEAR THIS
Check out the best tunes of 2014.

ELWAYVILLE
Do you piss people off? Then maybe you, too, can be a writer.