Wow. That’s my take on the backcountry skiing segment this year. The pace of innovation appears to have reached a new level, especially in boots. Combined with new binding system from Salomon, as well as premier avalanche beacons, airbag backpacks and so much more, wildfire!
All this will ultimately benefit you WildSnow readers, as the competition and volume will at least have a moderating effect on prices even as quality and function increase. More, in my view we’ll also see an increase in “price point” gear that combines quality with somewhat reduced cost, thus allowing easier entry into the sport for everyone.
Thinking through above, as always we need to be concerned about exactly where all the backcountry skiing newbies are going to go. Is slackcountry the new backcountry for all these folks? Do we need more trailheads, more parking? More guides? More huts? Truly, I enjoy covering those issues more than I enjoy writing about gear, so perhaps the pace will pick up and we can do more coverage in the land use arena. But for now I’m here in Salt Lake City, and bow at the temple. More highlights: