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Backcountry Snowsports Initative (BSI)


The BACKCOUNTRY SNOWSPORTS INITATIVE (BSI) represents human-powered recreationists by advocating for the creation, preservation and management of  sustainable winter recreation areas throughout the Rocky Mountains.  BSI unites stakeholders and partners across Colorado in this important effort, and is a recipient of the 2014 SHIFT SUSTAINABILITY AWARD.  Our objectives are to: protect opportunities for quality backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding; resolve user conflicts through dialogue and cooperation; inform land use designations and recreation management decisions; and educate backcountry users on backcountry ethics, user conflict resolution and other topics.

Past Success We are the founding members of the VAIL PASS TASK FORCE, where we work with stakeholders, business owners and land managers to oversee one of the most effectively managed winter recreation areas in Colorado that includes more than 250,000 acres designated for human-powered use.  We protected human-powered recreation at BUFFALO PASS, RABBIT EARS PASS and HAHN'S PEAK by partnering with land managers and community groups to create collaborative land designations.  We worked with the WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST and partner organizations to build the first Colorado Winter Travel Management Plan. 

2015 Work In 2014, BSI sent over 150 comments to the USFS in support of including human-powered designations in the proposed OVER SNOW VEHICLE RULE as part of the TRAVEL PLANNING RULE REVISION process.  In 2015, we are working with the Winter Wildlands Alliance and Colorado Forests to build WINTER TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLANS that designate areas for human-powered winter recreation.  To do this work effectively, we're organizing STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOPS in towns across the state and compiling MAPPING DATA to identify best spots for designations and user collaboration.  We're working with snow enthusiasts throughout Colorado to PRESERVE WINTER SNOWPACK by off-setting VEHICLE EMISSIONS from winter RECREATION travel through MOUNTAIN TOWN TREE PLANTING projects.  Each tree will sequester approximately 50 pounds of carbon a year for its lifetime, roughly equivalent to a 60-mile car trip.  



 Whether you ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or are creating a new way to ride the backcountry powder, BSI is your voice to preserve winter landscapes for human-powered backcountry recreation in Colorado.  Get INVOLVED with BSI today by: 

BSI Action List

Getting on the BSI ACTION LIST.  We'll e-mail project and campaign updates, action alerts and newsletters to keep you apprised of whats going on. Sign up here 


Joining the ROGERSMILLS TEAM.  As part of a network of human-powered recreationists across the state, you will grow your community and gain access to seasonal human-powered events such as the annual BSI HUT TRIP and the summer BACKCOUNTRY STEWARDSHIP trip.  Learn more here  


Give $10 today to SUPPORT our work.  TEXT BSI 10 to 50155, or click here to give ONLINE.