Calling powder hounds, backcountry skiers, riders – Celebrate national forest areas with Weston Snowboards: “Freedom of the Forest” | SteamboatToday.com

Calling powder hounds, backcountry skiers, riders – Celebrate national forest areas with Weston Snowboards: “Freedom of the Forest”

In the backcountry, a world of adventure awaits.

This weekend outdoor recreationists will have a chance to celebrate, and support these national forest areas that provide freedom in a wintery wonderland.

Weston Snowboards, hailing from Minturn, Colorado, known for its award-winning splitboards and signature traveling tiny house showroom, announced in January the launch of “Freedom of the Forest,” a new campaign in partnership with the National Forest Foundation (nationalforests.org) to bring "Freedom of the Forests Fundraiser" events to ski towns from Jackson Hole and Seattle, to Park City and this weekend, to Steamboat Springs.

Weston Snowboard's "Freedom of the Forests Fundraiser & Demo Day” will kickoff at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the T Bar, located at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, with free demos from Weston Snowboards, RMU Skis and Grass Sticks continuing until 3 p.m. Throughout the day the event will feature presentations, a film screening and raffle prizes that will be announced at 5 p.m.

Raffle tickets can be purchased all day for a chance to win products from Weston Snowboards, Vans, Thule, Zeal Optics, Spark R&D, Big Agnes, Phunkshun Wear, Black Diamond, Rocky Mountain Underground, Grass Sticks, Backcountry United and the National Forest Foundation.

"Given the current financial and ecological challenges that exist, it’s very important for outdoor enthusiasts to attend to support our national parks," said Erin Orr, Butcherknife Brewing Company account manager, about the premise of the event. "It’s our land. We have the instinct to enjoy it, so we have to work to protect it, to keep it healthy and clean."

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"For the last year, we at Weston Snowboards have watched tragedies befall our National Forests, Parks and Monuments – from wildfires, to trail closures and park closures," said Mason Davey, co-owner of Weston in a press release about the campaign.

"These are the places that we play, where we snowboard and where we go to find our little bit of peace and freedom."

The root cause of these issues, he explained was due to a lack of funding in land preservation to build and maintain trails, remove garbage and keep areas, especially watersheds clean. It was also what inspired the team of four at Weston to do something bigger than they could imagine for the small-town brand.

"We don't have the resources of big name brands, but we have a voice, and the path we want to pursue is unifying the people behind the forests and mountains we cherish, rather than drawing political battle lines," Davey said.

Learning to rely on fellow backcountry enthusiasts while exploring,

Weston has also devoted a substantial amount of their efforts to supporting causes like the National Forest Foundation, Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

"It's our public lands, it's a public resource we all need to be aware of," said Charlie Preston-Townsend, T Bar's chef de cuisine. "It's not a resource that's just a given. We need to be vigilant and continue fighting for it. We all recreate and enjoy the national forests, if we get to party and support national forests at the same, that's a win-win in my mind."

Upcoming Tour stops include:

  • Mar. 9 to 11 – Jackson Hole
  • Mar. 16 to 18 – Seattle
  • April 6 to 8 – Lake Tahoe
  • TBD – Park City

 

 

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If you go…

What: Freedom of the Forests Fundraiser & Demo Day

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: T-Bar at Steamboat, 2045 Ski Time Square

With a $10 donation, receive a raffle ticket and free Butcherknife Brewing Co. Beer