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Backcountry Snowsports Initative (BSI)


We unite winter organizations and enthusiasts in the important goal of maintaining snow, mountain town and winter recreation culture and opportunities in Colorado.  Since our merger with the Backcountry Snowsports Alliance (BSA) in 2008, we have worked to balance recreational activities at Vail Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass, and collaborated with the White River National Forest to build the first winter travel management plan in Colorado.  

For our 2015 campaigns (see more below), we'll be traveling around the state to get your thoughts and feedback.  Get on the BSI Action List today to receive updates and alerts about all that's going on. Sign up here


WINTER TRAVEL MANAGEMENT  In 2015, the USFS created the Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) rule, which calls on all forests to create winter travel plans.  We are working with Colorado forests to draft plans that promote human-powered and sustainable recreation.  Read more and provide your input...

RECREATION MAPPING  Geospatial data is helping us advocate for human powered recreation.  Join us for a workshop or webinar and learn more about how you can get involved...

LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS  We're working with grassroots clubs and user groups across the state engage local advocates on issues in your area.  BSI is also a proud member of Outdoor Alliance Colorado and works closely with Winter Wildlands Alliance on National issues.

SNOW PRESERVATION  As Coloradans, we're all about powder.  And we want to do our part to protect our snowpack in the face of warming winters.  More info coming soon!

SETTING THE BAR In 2014, we were chosen from hundreds of organizations to receive the SHIFT Sustainability Award.  It celebrates innovative solutions that sustain natural capital and foster a more balanced relationships between people, profit and planet. 


BSI Action List

Sign up for email Action Alerts, News, and Info on Winter Recreation Areas in your area!

Donate Now

Help us protect winter landscapes in Colorado! Your support will help BSI leverage funding to continue our important work on winter travel planning and access. Make a tax-deductible gift today.

NEW - LNT Principles for Backcountry Snowsports

Leave only your tracks...

BSI Winter Partners Program


Many thanks to our local business partners who support BSI's work!  Visit them for all your winter backcountry needs!


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