Will Egensteiner

Winter is, hands down, the best season. Mainly it’s just really damn fun. Hell, half the Outside office shows up for work around 11 a.m. whenever there’s so much as a dusting of skiable snow in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains outside of town. But the current climate, both atmospheric and political, puts winter at risk. Studies by the American Meteorological Society found a 23 percent decline in snowpack in the western United States over the past half century, and authors of a study published in Nature earlier this year predict a further decrease of up to 60 percent over the next 30 years. When even some ski areas aren’t helping fight climate change, you know things are bad. Those of us who love winter need to take on the stewardship and protection of the wild, fragile places that make those adventures possible. They won’t be here forever. Let’s not have that be because we messed up.

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