11 Writing Markets for Snow & Winter Sports

winter sports writing markets

Many years ago, I discovered the amazing culture and lifestyle surrounding the snow and winter sports! I was working in my first full-time job, which took me to New Zealand’s popular winter resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka for several months.

The snow-related sporting culture revolves around action sports, camaraderie, majestic scenery, luxurious resorts, and entertainment. When stormy weather keeps these folks off the slopes, you’ll likely find them in the nearest lodge, checking weather reports online or reading a magazine in front of a fire. They’re checking out reports of winter travel destinations, tales of winter adventures, and all the latest gear reviews.

If you love the winter outdoors then you should consider writing about it! Here’s a list of snow and winter sports publications that work with freelance writers.

American Snowmobiler Magazine

Magazine containing snowmobile reviews, industry news, performance tips and travel destinations. Published 6 times a year (October-March). Interested in Travel stories on new areas where readers can snowmobile, Sled modification stories, Personality stories. Length: up to 1,200 words. Pay varies.

Cross Country Skier

The journal of Nordic skiing, published twice a year in Fall and Winter. Readers are active enthusiasts who seek information about ski trails, resorts, equipment, technique, competition and feature reports about cross country skiing. Paying market.

Explore

Award-winning national lifestyle magazine for active outdoor enthusiasts. Covers a wide range of topics – hiking, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, winter sports and more. Content is largely Canadian. Previously, pay information was $1,500 and up for in-depth features of 2,500 to 5,000 words.

Powder

Skiing magazine. Writers are advised to break in via the online publication at Powder.com. Paying market.

Skating

The official publication of U.S. Figure Skating. Paying market. There is an invitation to submit feature story ideas in the masthead in the current issue online.

Ski Patrol Magazine

The magazine of the National Ski Patrol (NSP), published three times annually, and mailed to all members of the NSP. Covers all aspects of patrolling, including Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC), Mountain Travel and Rescue (MTR), Avalanche Education, and general interest stories. Paying market.

Skiing Magazine

A skiing magazine published four times per year, and an online resource site for serious skiers looking for the latest gear, the deepest powder, and the best ski-town bars. High-paying market.
No guidelines online. Link goes to contact details.

Snowshoe Magazine

Monthly online publication that celebrates the sport of snowshoeing. Looking for writers from the following regions of US: Northeast Region, North Central Region, Rocky Mountain Region, Western Region, and Alaska. Also looking for international writers. Paying market.

There are also many regional publications that publish winter outdoors writing, like these:

Mount Baker Experience

A quarterly outdoor adventure magazine that covers the geographic region in sight of Mt. Baker. Covers skiing (both downhill and Nordic) and snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking, kayaking, biking (both road and mountain biking), and scuba diving – any sport or activity that takes place outdoors. Pays up to $150.

The Activities Guide of Maine

Outdoor adventure magazine. Content ranges from stories that introduce new adventures, towns or areas with lots to do, how to’s, travel and gear guide, reviews of places or equipment, adaptive recreation, Outdoor event coverage e.g. Toboggan Championships, etc. Rates vary and range from $100 per item for shorter pieces up to $250-$400 for feature articles.

OutdoorsNW

A monthly outdoor recreational magazine that targets an active outdoors audience in the Seattle and Portland. Topics include Outdoor Recreation, Adventure Travel, Training Evaluation and Tips, Health and Nutrition, Local Outdoor News and Trends, Local Athlete Profiles, Local Outdoor Business Profiles, Outdoor Fitness Product Reviews, Book Reviews, Humor/Essay. Pays $75 to $125.

There are more writing markets like these in the freelance writing markets database at Worldwide Freelance Writer. Search for keywords like snow, skiing, snowboarding, skating, and winter sports. You’ll see even more results with a premium Markets Plus membership.

Gary McLaren

Gary McLaren is an author and digital entrepreneur. He blogs at Writers Unplugged and manages Worldwide Freelance Writer. He's been helping writers online for more than 16 years. You can also follow Gary on social media at Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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