January 1 New Year's Day marks the formal start of the United Nations-declared International Year of Mountains. Symposia and conferences will address the needs of alpine communities and high-altitude ecosystems around the world. www.mountains2002.org
Mush, Doggies, Mush!
Walt Disney Pictures this month releases Snow Dogs, a screwball comedy based (very) loosely on Gary Paulsen's 1994 book Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn star.
January 5-8 Manufactures, retailers, and the media collide in Anaheim, California, at the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, the biggest gear-gasm of them all. www.outdoorretailer.com
January 6 Europeans slog it out in the mud in the UCI Cyclocross Grand Prix, in Nommay, France. www.uci.ch
January 8 Weather permitting, 75 certified lunatics begin running at 89.5 degrees south latitude and don't stop until they reach the bottom of the world 26.2 miles laterand each $25,000 poorerin the first-ever South Pole Marathon. www.adventure-network.com
January 17-20 Dude, Aspen is going off. Or it will when mobs of boarders, cameramen, motocross types, and assorted hangers-on storm one of the nation's toniest ski towns this month for the ESPN Winter X Games VI. expn.go.com
January 19-21 Colorado's Ouray Ice Festival has become a mandatory stop on every competitive ice climber's world tour. Watch the experts, then take a clinic and go at it yourself. www.ourayicefestical.com
January 19-20 Alpine legends Kitty Calhoun, Pete Athans, and others give talks, plus climbing clinics and demos, at the Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival in Keene Valley, New York. 518-576-2281; www.mountaineer.com
January 24-27 The world's top hucksters carve, rip, and crash for a $40,000 prize purse at the U.S. Freeskiing Open. This three-day Skiapalooza in Vail, Colorado, also offers live music and product demos. www.freezeonline.com