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Winter 2023-2024

There’s nothing we love to celebrate more than winter. And the latest print issue of EO is full of gear and stories that get to the heart of the season. Our Peak Gear and Best of Backcountry awards hand out well earned hardware to the equipment that our contributors love and continue to use this year. Photographer Liam Doran talks about the thrill of capturing images of wildlife; John Fayhee and his faithful pup ponder mountain lions; Peter Kray spins a yarn of the world’s greatest snow dance. And much more. Get it in your greasy hands at your favorite brew pub, bagel shop, retail shop, or climbing gym… or check out selected content here.

Editor’s Letter

Will the now $1-trillion outdoor industry save wild places or trample them just like every other industry?

Quick Hits

Polar explorer Eric Larsen launches a scholarship program to help BIPOC adventurers follow in the steps of Matthew Henson; we trace the tracks of Norway’s WWII heroes; Loco Por La Aventura ups outdoor participation; Ice Castles pop up in Dillon; Leadville beckons for big winter fun; and more.


New funding for Colorado’s unsung heroes is a long time coming—but is it enough in the busiest search and rescue state in the nation?

Hot Spot

What happens when a ski resort doubles down on its values, returns to its roots, and focuses on preserving the essence of skiing and riding in its purest form? Come on down to Taos Ski Valley.

FEATURE: Wild Things

On a walk with his dog in the woods, M. John Fayhee ponders tracks, mortality, and the comfortable reality of living with Puma concolor.


It’s that time of year again when we hand out hardware to the very best winter equipment we put to the test in the field and on the snow.

Best of the Backcountry

The soul of the sport is out away from the lifts. Here, we present awards to the gear that makes skinning out to quiet places with wild snow—and ripping down—even better.

The Road

Longtime ski and action sport photographer Liam Doran also finds plenty of adrenaline in the challenge of capturing stunning images of wildlife across the globe.


Peter Kray spins a fiery yarn about the world’s greatest snow dance.

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