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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! 


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. 


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