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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