Backcountry awareness |

Backcountry awareness

Dear Editor:On Thursday, Sept. 18, Powder To The People held its third annual Pow Party FUNdraiser and Silent Auction at the Eagles Club in Aspen. We had an excellent turnout, over 100 strong, and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening, which included food provided by Conundrum Catering, beverages, silent auction, live music by the Natives and critical information about backcountry access issues in the Aspen area.Many thanks to the numerous sponsors, volunteers and local businesses who donated their goods, time and efforts which resulted in substantial funds to further our mission of educational efforts toward equal access to our public lands, backcountry safety and etiquette.Currently, we are awaiting the release of the White River National Forest Supplemental Draft Travel Management Plan to the forest plan, due out sometime soon. While you wait, please visit and electronically sign the e.petition to help show our local leaders that this public asset cannot be lost.When the time comes, you can help to ensure fair and equal access to public lands in your back yard by educating yourself, then commenting on the plan during the 60-day comment period. This will dictate backcountry access for years to come.Stay tuned for more information and a local USFS open house on the plan; if youd like to be on our e-mail list to be alerted when the plan comes out, please send an e-mail to with TMP Draft alert in the subject line.Congratulations to Chris Tyler of Aspen on winning the ultimate door prize, a pair of Wagner Custom Skis he will design closely with the builder. They could not have been won by a better representative of powder skiing. Cheers to the coming of another great powder season!Michael SladdinFounder/directorPowderToThePeople.orgAspen

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