• Giving Old Skis New Life

    Its that time of year again when gear fever seems to consume us while we impatiently wait for the snow to cover the ground and the ski lifts to start turning. There’s no question that purchasing new gear gets you fired up, but that sometimes leave us ignorant to the fact that our old skis don’t just disappear into thin air.
  • Mountains Are Awesome! December 2014

    The newest Mountains Are Awesome! series by local artist, Johannah K Hall, truly inspires and encourages in-the-moment appreciation and reflection of the experiences we often take for granted on the mountain.
  • An Interview With Photographer Zoya Lynch

    Photographer Zoya Lynch provides inspiration through a combination of art, outdoor adventure and the natural beauty represented in her images. Her photography is simultaneously meditative and exciting, leaving the viewer seeking their next adventure toward a sense of unity with the natural world.
  • Telluride Mountainfilm: An Inspiring Event Not To Be Missed

    Telluride Mountainfilm is a truly inspiring event. The festival shows a film each night on a giant screen in Telluride’s town park. Bring a camp chair, some blankets, and a couple beers and join the fun!
  • Summer 2014 Mountain Festivals

    Gear up for the warm weather season and mark your calendars for these great outdoor summer festivals set against a backdrop of jagged peaks.
  • Being Present with Social Media

    These days, leaving your house without a cell phone is like leaving your house without pants. Our mobile devices instantly allow us to share, like or comment on any number of social networking sites. Some might say that sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are removing us from the outside world, giving us the ability to insulate ourselves in social...

  • Mountains Are Awesome! - July 2013

    You might already be familiar with this young graphic designer's work. At age 22, Kilian Amendola's artwork has already had a considerable presence in the ski world...
  • Project Pressure

    Art meets science, meets outdoors; An open source project documenting the world’s vanishing glaciers in order to highlight the impact of climate change. We love this project!
  • Mountains Are Awesome! - June 2013

    When a series of Oliver Binnian’s drawing were featured on 'It's Nice That', his work was described as "following a strong line of concept driven process that is remarkably communicative". This month, we want to share his 'Mountain Cubism' series with you...
  • Mountains Are Awesome! - May 2013

    In Ania's own words: "The main theme of my work is portraiture, often hiding self portraits within other subject matter. My work is often an attempt to draw the viewer in, allowing them to make their own conclusions from the themes I use and the contexts in which I place them. The current focus of my work is the respond if the human body to the space surrounding it. It is my wish that...
  • Mountains Are Awesome! - March 2013

    Steven L. Brunton was a graduate graduate student at Princeton's department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering when he created those mathematical landscapes. This generative art is based on a logistic map modelling population dynamics with reproduction and limited resources, juxtaposing a calculated order with the organic nature of landscape; order in the chaos (or vice versa!). *On the first of every month, we’ll take a...

  • Mountains Are Awesome! - March 2013

    'Alps'; a photo essay by Hungarian photographer Akos Major. Currently living in Vienna, Akos graduated from the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design in Budapest in 2001 with a degree of Visual Communications. For additional info, or to find out about signed and limited editions prints, just say "hello" at hello@akosmajor.com *On the first of every month, we’ll take a little time...

  • Mountain Inspired

    This past Friday, AI teamed up with Strafe Outerwear & Iris Gallery to put on a mountain inspired photography showcase and silent auction. The idea behind the event was to bring together all sorts of people who derive their inspiration from the mountains to celebrate this source of inspiration and to do it as a benefit for AI.
  • Strafe Outerwear x Alpine Initiatives -- Mountain Inspired Photography Showcase & Silent Auction

    This Friday, Alpine Initiatives and Strafe Outerwear will be paying tribute to the mountains that inspire almost every aspect of our lives. Thanks to the generosity of 10+ photographers who also derive inspiration from these mountains, we will be auctioning off numerous mountain inspired prints, with all proceeds going to benefit the continued work of AI.
  • Mountains Are Awesome! - Feb. 2013

    This month, we’re spotlighting Denver-based illustrator John Fellows. Nature and travel have inspired much of his captivating linoleum carving prints, which of course grabbed our attention. But John ups the ante by using found papers, including old topo maps and papers dating as far back as the 1880s, for his prints. "My work tends to be small, I like to...

  • Mountains Are Awesome! - Jan. 2013

    Happy new year! For this first "Mountains Are Awesome" post of 2013, the featured artist is YOU! Here are our 12 favorite #mountaingrams from 2012.                                     In order of appearance:  @0alh0  @circa_1983  @jenhudak  @jimmy_chin  @jonessnowboards  @julienregnier  @kcdeane  @kimhavell  @myshellparker  @pepfujas  @piahestdal  @xavierdelerue *On the first of every month, we’ll take a little time to pay...

  • Valhalla

    "When you’ve seen the season’s first great snow through the eyes of a child—you’ve known true happiness." Good work, Sweetgrass, it fully worked! For about two and a half minutes, you took us back to childhood. In their upcoming film Valhalla, the production company set out to find that sensation of freedom which "time and wisdom stole away." We love where this...

  • Mountains Are Awesome! - Dec. 2012

    Even though artist Sonja Hinrichsen is "not so into making art that lasts”, we're glad this winter version of crop circles was immortalized. Location: Rabbit Ears Pass in Colorado. *On the first of every month, we’ll take a little time to pay tribute to what we think is one of the most awe-inspiring things out there: Mountains.  It might be a photo, video,...

  • Mountains Are Awesome! - Nov. 2012

    "Mountains are pretty awesome!" Berlin based Photographer Matthias Heiderich said it himself when he posted this essay entitled Excursus: The Mountains. When asked about what film he tends to shoot with, he adds: "I use different films, expired films are always welcome, I still have some old gdr films, Ive used a couple of them lately and the colours are usually very...

  • Mountains Are Awesome! - Oct. 2012

    "June 8 th1924…and suddenly he was falling. In the blink of an eye, George Mallory was off his feet. He held his breath, hoping it was no more than a slide and that it would soon come to an end. Instead, he continued downward. He began to gather momentum..