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POW helps passionate outdoor people protect the places and lifestyles they love from climate change. We are a community of athletes, scientists, creatives, and business leaders advancing non-partisan policies that protect our world today and for future generations.

Protect your Powder Stash

Wherever you shred, extreme weather and warming winters are shortening your season.

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Save your Local Crag

Fossil fuel development on our public lands means access to your favorite crags is dwindling.

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Keep your Runner’s High

Doesn’t matter if you’re an ultramarathoner or a casual trail runner, longer and more intense wildfire seasons impact the ground and air where you love to run.

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Imperfect Advocacy

Instead of chasing perfection, pursue progress. The outdoor community has the passion, the information and the resources to make a difference now.

Turn Your Passion into Action

When we create swells of popular pressure, we can affect policy. And it’s working—the sum of our small efforts are creating climate victories where they’re needed most.

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2020 Annual Report

2020 was quite the year, eh? It was a bumpy road for us all, but there were also many wins worth celebrating along the way. Our CrushIt4Climate campaign with Strava drew in 434,800 people who crushed it for their outdoor playgrounds. When the pandemic locked us down, we held virtual events where high profile athletes and members of the outdoor members engaged with climate scientists and policymakers. And when the rubber met the road during the most contentious election in our lifetime, POW reached over 33 million potential voters with our civic engagement and GOTV messaging. We checked off some big goals in 2020.

 

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2018 ECONOMIC REPORT

The impacts of climate change are hitting the U.S. winter sports tourism industry particularly hard.

This report examines the ways in which warming winters are impacting the economic contributions of winter snowsports tourism to U.S. national and state-level economies.

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ADVOCATE MOTIVATION STUDY

In 2019, we embarked on a national consumer research project to fully understand how to increase the number and intensity of climate advocates by thoroughly understanding the motivations of outdoor enthusiasts, and how they can be convinced to do something that we now know is very hard for them to do: fully engage as advocates for policy changes that will alleviate the worst effects of climate change.

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Cost of Carbon Tool

 We don’t believe that having a carbon footprint should ever preclude you from becoming a climate advocate.

Instead of chasing perfection, pursue progress by offsetting the carbon footprint of your adventures and learn the value of advocating for the outdoor places and experiences that you love.

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News

The POW Dispatch: Our take on climate news, April 9, 2021

The POW Dispatch: Our take on climate news, April 9, 2021

 WORDS: DONNY O'NEILL | HEADER IMAGE: ADAM CLARK Welcome to The Dispatch, Protect Our Winters' weekly wrap-up of climate news, complete with our take on each topic and how that impacts our ongoing efforts to reduce the...

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"I've never been one to shy away from working hard for my turns, but the sad reality is we are having to work harder for those turns each year. Due to climate change, the first turns of the season are coming later and the last turns of the year are coming earlier.⁠

And really, it's a privilege to say that the shortening New England ski season is my main climate change concern. Increased wildfires (see Caldor Fire), extreme weather events (see Hurricane Ida), drought (see California), and more are affecting people's livelihood around the country and the world on a now daily basis."⁠

- Alliance Member @airandrice advocating for clean energy solutions on behalf of our #BuildBackBetter campaign
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Best of luck to @thatdakotajones as he runs 100 miles at @rrr_steamboat this weekend with the goal of raising $6K for @footprintsrunning.⁠

"I'm raising money so we can fight climate change and preserve the wild places we love. Montana only has a few short months of running in high country and it was painful to miss several weeks this year due to poor air quality."⁠

@footprintsrunning is a training camp integrating athletic pursuits and environmental problem solving to promote project based positive change. We personally can't imagine a radder mission. ⁠

With 20,500ft of ascent in store for his weekend, let's wish @thatdakotajones luck in the comments below! 🎉⁠
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Coffee. Climb. Repeat. 🧗‍♂️⁠

Who else has been pulling out the puff for early starts these days?⁠

📸: Alliance member @miahwatt captures early morning coffee time in South Idaho's City of Rocks
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Recently, Alliance Member, river guide and Montana resident @outsidehilary shared some insights from a recently published @natgeo article on the impacts of fishing due to climate change. The cliff notes version is that changes are happening to our river's ecosystems that could have a major impact on the fishing community. See what Hilary has to say below 👇🏽 and head to our link in bio to access the article. ⁠

"Climate change promotes reduced water flows that likely permit the introduced rainbow trout to spread further upriver, indiscriminately. There they hybridize more often with the native fish, creating their less-fit offspring. ▪️ By century's end, salmonflies are expected to disappear from nearly one-quarter the length of the Madison River’s main stem."
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When you’re always searching for that next epic turn. 🤙🏽 Repost from Alliance Member @myshellparker

If anything ever felt like skiing in the summer…

@iamspecialized // 📷: @blattphoto
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It's still single-track SZN. 🚵🏻‍♂️⁠

Happy Labor Day, we hope you're out there getting after it today! ⁠

📸: Alliance member @scottmarkewitz captures @andrewtaylormtb riding in Alaska with the snow-covered peaks of Kesugi Ridge standing out in the distance
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We spy with our little 👀 a pretty rad sticker amongst @conrad_anker's laptop collage! ⁠

From your Tacoma's 😉 to your laptops, snowboards and more we love seeing our stickers out in the wild! Make sure to tag us @protectourwinters in your sticker pics and we just might re-share!
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