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Read "Wild Ways Down" in the Winter 1999/2000 issue of ADVENTURE.

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Off-Piste Paradises

small arrowAlta, Utah
Alta's Supreme lift leads to some of the best off-piste skiing on Earth.

small arrowBridger Bowl, Montana
Perhaps no ski area defines itself more by its out-of-bounds terrain.

small arrowTaos, New Mexico
The thrilling rock-lined chutes of Kachina Peak rival those of Chamonix.

small arrowVail, Colorado
Experienced out-of-bounders shouldn't miss the East Vail Chutes—truly extreme.

small arrowWhistler-Blackcomb, Canada
Easily access more than 50 square miles (81 square kilometers) of skiable wilderness.

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  Battle for the Backcountry

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 the 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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