A few years ago, I gave a slideshow at a Backcountry Snowsports Alliance (BSA) meeting and had a chance to talk to the Directors and see what the program is all about. In a nutshell, BSA organizes human-powered backcountry users into a single voice to help preserve non-motorized areas in Colorado’s public lands. I think this is an excellent idea, as more often-than-not, he with the biggest motor wins at the expense of the human powered experience.
Unfortunately, rogue snowmobiliers can’t be relied on to police themselves, so it is up to groups like BSA to help them be better people by bringing land use issues to the table. This is a growing concern in the Wasatch Mountains and when I asked a Swiss friend what they did about it in Switzerland, he said “Oh, they have been outlawed for recreational use for quite a while.”
The BSA fund raiser bash is being held in Golden, Colorado on November 8th and will feature a showing of the latest PowderWhores production, The Pact. More details are below.
For Immediate Release:
September 16, 2008
16th Annual Backcountry Bash ushers in winter at American Mountaineering Center
The 16th Annual Backcountry Bash, a benefit for winter backcountry preservation, will take place on Saturday November 8, 2008 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. The Backcountry Bash, the largest annual fundraiser for the Backcountry Snowsports Alliance, will feature complimentary hor d’ourves and drinks, silent and live auctions, gear giveaways, and a special screening of Powderwhore Productions’ The Pact.
The 16th Annual Backcountry Bash will feature more than $10,000 in auction items from leading outdoor industry manufacturers and retailers, as well as lodging and services from around Colorado. Items for auction will include hut stays in numerous Colorado locations, avalanche safety equipment, and technical apparel. As always, this year’s event will also feature giveaways for high quality outdoor gear.
Admission to the 16th Annual Backcountry Bash is $30 and will be available for advance purchase at the REI Denver Flagship and Boulder stores, Bent Gate Mountaineering, and online at www.backcountryalliance.org.
The Backcountry Snowsports Alliance (BSA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Since 1992, the BSA has represented skiers, snowshoers, snowboarders, and all human-powered winter recreationists in preserving non-motorized areas across Colorado’s public lands. The organization currently undertakes projects at Vail, Red Mountain, and Rabbit Ears Passes, as well as Peak 6 near Breckenridge Ski Area, Richmond Ridge near Aspen, and Hahn’s Peak in north Routt County. The BSA has worked with a diverse range of user groups and land agencies to create quiet recreation opportunities at Wolf Creek, Buffalo, and Vail Passes and supports the services provided by Colorado’s backcountry hut operators.
More information will be found at www.backcountryalliance.org when available.
For more information, contact:
Backcountry Snowsports Alliance
What: 16th Annual Backcountry Bash, a benefit for winter backcountry preservation
Who: Presented by the Backcountry Snowsports Alliance and Powderwhore Productions
When: November 8, 2008, 5:30 – 10:30pm
Where: American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
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