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Backcountry participation continues to rise

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The Rise of the Backcountry

Photograph By Megan Michelson

More and more ski resorts around North America are opening their boundary gates and allowing users to travel into uncontrolled, backcountry terrain. According to SnowSports Industries America, some 5 million skiers and riders are now exploring the backcountry, one of the highest growth sectors in the industry.