Our Winter 2012-13 issue explores winter's unsavory side, from a harrowing near-death experience to a profile of Bozeman's preeminent avy-science practitioner. The lesson to take away is this: avalanches happen, and while avoiding one is up to you, surviving one is pure luck. In this issue, you’ll also find how-to articles about winter photography, building an ice cave or a cold-weather fire, and identifying animal tracks in the snow. Learn all about ski exercises, conditioning, and injury treatment to ensure that your snow-sport season lasts until the final snow melts. You can also find the results from our 2012 Top Dog Contest and Hit List Contest, as well as How Far winners. Enjoy the winter issue, and stay safe out there!