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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 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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