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The business of the backcountry

Backcountry gear sales continue to rise, but who's educating consumers?

Originally Published: November 28, 2012
By Colin Wiseman | ESPN.com

[This story is the final installment in a six-part series on avalanche safety. If you missed any of the previous stories, please check out The Avalanche Problem homepage. Before you head into the backcountry, be sure to sign up for an avalanche safety course. You can find one near you here.

The winter of 2011-12 was, by most accounts, a poor one for the snow sports industry. Dismal snowfalls combined with a hurting economy to push U.S. retail sales down 12 percent ...

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