DANGER IN THE BACKCOUNTRY
Explosive growth in backcountry interest leads to educational challenge
The untouched pillows of snow are a magnet for skiers and snowboarders. Across the continent, skiers and riders are finding their way into the backcountry in skyrocketing numbers. In the past three years, sales of backcountry skis, boards, bindings and boots have boomed 137%. And that was before the pandemic! Unlike sports like SCUBA diving that require certification, anyone can head into the backcountry. Each year, around two-dozen skiers and snowboarders are killed by avalanches across the USA and Canada - in the backcountry and even inbounds! With the burgeoning numbers, how does the educational message reach them?
The hour long panel will explore both the joys and dangers of the backcountry. How can your travel in the backcountry mitigate the avalanche danger? What equipment is essential? How do you keep from getting lost? What steps do you take in case of a backcountry injury? How can the message of safety reach skiers who aren’t buying lift tickets?