Backcountry skiing's popularity has exploded in the last decade. Those looking to "earn their turns" are finding new powder stashes throughout the U.S. every day.
While skiing the backcountry can be challenging and rewarding, it is never something that should be approached lightly. Experienced backcountry and sidecountry enthusiasts always ski in a group and know the necessity of carrying the proper equipment at all times. The dangers of skiing in the backcountry are even more prevelent this season, with such an unstable snowpack in many of the mountain ranges across the country.
So if you're an aspiring backcountry skier, check out the destinations below for inspiration. Then either reach out to an experienced backcountry skier or take a course prior to venturing into the wilderness.
If you are a backcountry veteran, scope the adventures below to plan your next excursion. Then grab your beacon, probe and shovel and get out there.
- Mt. Baker, Washington
- Berthoud Pass, Central Colorado
- Tenmile Range/Summit County, North-central Colorado
- Mt. Lassen, California
- Wasatch Range, Utah
- Glacier National Park, Montana
- Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho
- Teton Pass, Wyoming
- Mount Greylock, Western Massachusetts
- Bolton Valley Backcountry, Northern Vermont
- Cardigan Ski Reservation, Western New Hampshire