EDITOR’S LETTER

How Jake Burton changed all of our lives.

QUICK HITS

Pro tips for better avalanche beacon use, AIARE’s new scholarship, Silverton’s Splitfest, celebrating 80 years of Winter Park, remembering the Squaw Valley Olympics and more…

FLASHPOINT

A group of dedicated Colorado high schoolers want to raise the profile of ski mountaineering when they schuss into the Junior Olympics.

HOT SPOT

From hikes up Highland Bowl to the gala of Gay Ski Week—Aspen is the place to go big.

NUMEROLOGY

Here’s what Colorado’s ski resorts are doing to take climate action.

STRAIGHT TALK

Meet Nathan Fey, the new director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office.

HEAR THIS

You won’t want to miss these three up-and-coming Colorado bands.

THE ROAD

Patricia Cameron founded Blackpackers to give people of color who don’t spend time outdoors the confidence to get out and do it on their own. First, she had to put it all together in the wild.

ELWAYVILLE
A story of a wedding, a lone skier—and a ghost.

FEATURES

LOCAL HEROES

Our readers nominated the people across Colorado who make the biggest difference in their towns. Now, we praise these heroes who do good for the sake of their communities.

DRY ICE
Colorado Springs’ CityROCK gym holds an annual ice climbing competition…indoors.

BEST OF THE BACKCOUNTRY
These goods will get you (safely) to the deep stuff.

FRONTSIDE GEAR
Embrace the joy of carving at the resort.

On the Cover: Best of the Backcountry
Colorado’s own Tom Winter, who has worked for three decades to promote freeskiing in the state and abroad, finds the flow state in the Vail backcountry.
by Jeff Cricco/Instagram @jeffcricco