Podcast: The backcountry ski boom comes with more risk

Avalanche deaths as well as backcountry skiing are up from 20 years ago.

 

A skier skins uphill on a low avalanche danger day.
Backcountry winter sports hit an all-time high this season, but along with that surge in popularity has come an increase in avalanches (the vast majority of which are triggered by humans), and backcountry skiers going missing or getting seriously injured. In this episode of Range we look at what has caused backcountry skiing to surge in popularity and how people can embrace the sport without taking unnecessary risks. 


Range podcast produces stories of the New American West and is co-hosted by reporters Amy Westervelt and Julia Ritchey.