The Uphill Agenda: Aspen’s mayor ushers in a new wave of ski-focused economy

Mountain-town culture is a notoriously fickle subject. High-rise hotel and conference centers can threaten authenticity, but too little investment can lead to a ghost town. Luckily, Steve Skadron, Aspen, Colo.’s mayor, understands this fragility and is working with an uphill economy in mind.

Medical Alert: Dealing with unexpected emergencies in the mountains

Physical injuries—otherwise known as trauma—get a lot of attention in backcountry first aid. But there’s a whole other realm of dangerous and deadly emergencies that skiers and riders should be aware of and prepared to manage. We spoke with Nicholas Kanaan, an emergency physician based in Salt Lake City, Utah with a background in wilderness medicine, to learn more.

From Granite to Grizzlies

Military Outdoors initially started in 2006 and extends from one basic principle: if the Sierra Club is designed to protect and promote exploration of the outdoors, then those who dedicate their lives to protecting these spaces should get a chance to enjoy them. Plus, being outside can help ease the transition from military service to civilian life and provide mental and physical health benefits.

Reggae Turns: How two Vermont skiers are reshaping backcountry terrain throughout the state

Nestled in the mountains of central Vermont, the sleepy town of Rochester is usually a brief, 10-second view out the window for anyone passing through. But long volunteer hours from Rochester-area residents like Angus McCusker and Zac Freeman are giving visitors a reason to linger in town—and the surrounding woods.

Homeward Bound: Chad Sayers talks international travel and the search for home

On the cover of the January Community Issue is skier and explorer Chad Sayers, buried deep in the powder of Whistler, B.C., where he currently resides. A native Canadian, Sayers was born and raised in British Columbia and still carries with him a love of the mountains of Western Canada.

Revive Rogers: A Clean Slate for Rogers Pass, B.C.

Between Revelstoke and Golden, British Columbia, Rogers Pass climbs over the Selkirk Mountains and through Glacier National Park, beckoning skiers and riders with its easy access and big-mountain terrain. It’s the place that made Greg Hill’s 2010, two-million-foot season possible; it’s been written about in every major ski publication and appeared in countless ski movies. And now, it has an uncertain future.