Ah, the beauty of a backcountry stash. You teeter atop a fluffy-fantastic river of pure, pearly goodness. All yours. No one's been
there before you. No skiers. No snowboarders.
And no avalanche control teams.
"About 85% of avalanche fatalities happen in the backcountry.
Skiers and climbers make up the bulk of the numbers," according
to Paul Baugher, director of the Northwest Avalanche Institute and
MountainZone.com correspondent. That's a high price for fresh
powder. But more and more adventurers are buying into the idea
that out-of-bounds is outta sight. Which leads us to our question
Should resorts make out-of-bounds
skiing and boarding more accessible?
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