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Backcountry Snowsports Initiative (BSI)


Backcountry Snowsports Initative (BSI)


The Backcountry Snowsports Initiative (BSI) works to protect winter recreation landscapes for backcountry skiers, splitboarders, snowshoers, Nordic skiers, and winter mountaineers.  With Winter Travel Planning on the horizon for Colorado Forests, we are working with skiers and land managers to help determine where motorized use should be allowed or restricted on public lands so that sensitive snowscapes, wildlife habitat, and quiet recreation opportunities remain intact.  BSI partners with local and national groups and has been involved in winter recreation planning at Vail Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, and more.  Join us to strengthen the voice for human-powered winter recreation in Colorado! 

 Backcountry Film Festival (BCFF) 

Backcountry Film Festival BSI Film Selected - person skinning up a slope with blue skyThis year, Woolhat Creative produced a film about the Colorado Mountain Club's BSI program called, "Human Powered - The Backcountry Snowsports Initiative". 

It was selected into the Backcountry Film Festival for 2018. It showcases the partnerships and hard work that goes into protecting the Colorado backcountry for human powered use. This work will ensure that future generations will enjoy it as much as we do now. 

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Thank You to our Partners!

Our winter partners make it possible for us to continue doing this fun and exciting work that leads to protecting our backcountry environment. Thank you!

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Additional Resources

Read the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area Report from the 2015-16 season VPRA Report to learn more about the activities, signage, and usage in the area. 

BSI Mapping WebApp: interactive web application that shows BSI backcountry ski areas, ski and snowshoe trails, fat bike trails, and more!

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