The Tuesday after we all stuff ourselves with turkey and pie marks one of the most generous days of the year. Giving Tuesday is all about giving support, showing generosity and kindness to our communities. For us in the outdoor world, it’s a really great chance to donate to the organizations that build our mountain bike trails, provide avalanche forecasts, give river beta, work to protect the places we love, and make those places more inclusive. Whether it’s sharing their posts on Instagram and telling your friends or donating a few bucks, there’s a lot of ways to give back today. We’ve compiled a list of organizations we think are pretty rad to support this Giving Tuesday.
Trail Building Organizations
Mountain bike trails don’t just appear out of nowhere, they take time and skill to build. Most places with a bike scene have a trail organization, but here’s a couple to get you started.
Avalanche Forecast Centers
We all rely on avalanche forecasts when getting in the backcountry. Without the diligent work of these centers, we wouldn’t have the detailed reports many of us use to stay safe in the mountains.
Between putting flow information and beta all in one accessible place and working to keep our rivers free flowing and wild, these organizations work to educate us and protect our rivers so that generations to come can enjoy them.
BIPOC Outdoor Organizations
These organizations work to break barriers into the outdoors for marginalized communities by amplifying their voices and creating a more inclusive space to learn, teach, and recreate.
Even the most experienced riders aren't immune to unstable snowpack. Maurice Kervin learned this firsthand last Friday while snowboarding on Loveland Pass, his 65th day of riding this season. Kervin and his ski partners had been keeping a close eye on the avalanche forecast all week. Although the danger had actually dropped, Kervin recalls feeling unsure of the conditions. Intending to ski a line called 'No Name,' the pair set out, and tested snow stability along the way, not finding any red
Big waves are nothing new to surfers these days, but how about to skiers? California skier Chuck Patterson decided to combine two of his favorite things-- big wave surfing and skiing on some of Half Moon Bay's biggest swells. Using custom skis designed specifically for this feat, and taking inspiration from Patterson's late friend, Shane McConkey, they allow him to carve the waves as he would snow. Fitted with classic ski bindings, and worn with regular ski boots, the carnage if Patterson
Utah's snowpack continues to be unstable and unpredictable. Three snowmobilers experienced it firsthand while riding in Franklin Basin, Utah near the Idaho border last week. The three were out riding when one of them triggered a slide and was carried down to a tree well. He deployed his airbag but was buried under three feet of snow for around fifteen minutes before being rescued by his partners. While the rider was unresponsive upon being found by his partners, they were able to revive him