Mike NIM Niemkiewicz: In praise of ‘sidecountry’ skiing | SummitDaily.com

Mike NIM Niemkiewicz: In praise of ‘sidecountry’ skiing

Dear Rose: Technically, lift-served “backcountry” access is known as “sidecountry.” Our brethren in Jackson Hole helped pioneer this type of skiing (watch “Swift, Silent & Deep”). It is now common practice at many resorts including our own (Windows gate, Peak 6 gate, Southside gate). While some of us are blessed with infinite time for long “backcountry” treks, others have jobs, families, obligations, etc. which allow for limited opportunities to go “backcountry.” “Sidecountry” allows us the “backcountry” experience on a limited schedule. Contrary to your opinion, many of us use the ski areas as a start to our “sidecountry/backcountry” experience. For many of us it is not about the hike, it’s about the skiing! If you need some exercise hit the gym.P.S. If you are venturing into the “sidecountry/backcountry” always bring the right equipment and be aware of your surroundings and avy danger. BE SAFE!

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