Ku­dos to Pow­der for show­cas­ing a true hero (“Claire Small­wood is a Cham­pion for Women,” 46.2). Claire works tire­lessly and be­cause of her ef­forts, more girls, boys, and women are gain­ing ac­cess to the out­doors.

I’m con­fused and dis­mayed by all the neg­a­tive and de­fen­sive com­ments in re­sponse to this ar­ti­cle by some male read­ers of Pow­der. If you think it’s as easy as ‘Just go buy a lift ticket,’ then why aren’t there more women in out­door sports? There’s more to the equa­tion and it has ev­ery­thing to do with priv­i­lege—of all kinds.

I per­son­ally grew up sur­rounded by moun­tains and na­ture but didn’t have the money to ski, the know-how, or some­one to bring me along and show me what I was miss­ing un­til much later in life. That’s what She­jumps does and I’m so grate­ful. It helps solve the prob­lem of priv­i­lege and lim­ited ac­cess to out­door sports. Thank you to all the rad women and men who vol­un­teer their time to help oth­ers—you guys make the world a bet­ter place!

Anna Twohig Via Face­book

Anna, we couldn’t agree more. Ski­ing is an in­cred­i­ble priv­i­lege, and we’re be­hind any­one work­ing to bring that priv­i­lege to a more di­verse ar­ray of peo­ple. En­joy this kit from Patag­o­nia. —Ed.

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