‘Tis the season! Our December issue is here and it’s jam-packed with everything you need to know to celebrate the holiday season. From our his and her gift guide, to travel guides to some of Colorado’s hottest winter destinations AND deep sea diving locations around the world to escape the cold, to the best workouts to get in shape to hit the slopes— it’s all in our latest issue, on stands now!

Editor’s Letter: Listen Up

“One of my favorite aspects of this magazine, which we have been producing for almost a decade, is that we cover the outdoors as more than just mountain sports or nature, but as a lifestyle.”

Arapahoe Basin Expands Beyond Bounds

Arapahoe Basin expands into 468 steep, deep acres of formerly backcountry terrain.

Dropping a Bomb

Telluride Ski Resort rewards its hard-working patrollers with the package they deserve.


Schuss to a luxe backcountry spread at one of these three Colorado ski-in dining destinations.

Bold Betties is Feeding the Female Stoke

Bold Betties helps women find inner strength outdoors.

Mix it Up

Want to be a better backcountry bartender? Decadent Saint Ultimate Mixers will help you stir it up in the wild.

Eat, Sleep, Play Ouray, Colorado 

The ice is in prime shape. The snow is deep. The water’s warm. Get thee to Ouray.

Local Hero: Tracee Metcalfe

This doc brings ER skills to the high peaks.

Water is Life

Through the Four Corners School’s Indigenous Youth Programs local kids are discovering outdoor recreation in Bears Ears National Monument, where their ancestors have lived for generations.

Hot Spot: Keystone Unlocked

Investigate the stashes, kid events and good eats at the surprising resort just on the other side of the tunnel.

The Trail: Crater Lakes

Download the free ViewRanger app and follow these coordinates for a snowshoe trip into the heights of the Indian Peaks.

Numerology: Pick up the Tab

Colorado is at the epicenter of the craft beer, wine and spirits renaissance. Swoon through these numbers that tell the story of our booming booze scene.

Straight Talk: Mark Gasta

The director of Colorado State University’s new graduate Adventure Tourism program wants to empower a brave class of tourism professionals who live their passion out in the world.

Deep Thoughts

Get in the water this winter by learning to dive here in Colorado and then getting away from the snow and diving, snorkeling, paddling and swimming in these three warm water destinations.

Bike to Ski

Ditch the indoor classes and ride your way to ski and snowboard fitness with these five fat-bike exercises that keep you on the trails in winter.

Eight Stocking Stuffers for the Backcountry Bound

What do you give the person who is content with nothing but the sun on their face and dirt under their feet? Something to make exploring the outdoors even more enjoyable, of course! These eight stocking stuffer suggestions are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any hiker, camper, climber and lover of all things outdoors.

Winter Peak Gear Award Winners

Meet the gear we loved, beat up and relied on out in the wild. These are the winners of Elevation Outdoors’ Winter 2017-2018 Peak Gear Awards.

His and Hers Gift Guides

Want to outfit the bros in your life with stuff they don’t know they need? Dig into our annual gift guide for him. And, dudes, remember that your lady friends love gear, too. Pick from this list, wrap and give.

Hear This: The Five Best Albums of 2017

Dig into our picks for the top releases of the past year and let the music inspire your outdoor adventures in 2018.

The Road: Extending the Buzz

Want to be a ski bum for the rest of your life—and be loaded to boot? Groom the slopes and then start your own music festival.

Elwayville: The Spirit of the Season

It’s certainly been a long, tough year. Here’s how to find a bit of light at the end of it all.