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Alpine Touring Numbers Climb At Maine Ski Areas

Alpine-Touring-Maine Dan Elliott of Rumford uses Alpine touring equipment to travel up Rumford Whitecap before skiing down. Backcountry skiing has been growing in popularity, but skiers must be versed in wilderness survival skills and know how to survive in avalanche country.

More skiers are embracing uphill travel, also called Alpine touring, at Maine ski resorts – and more ski areas are catering to those who opt to hike up instead of taking the chairlifts.

But whether the growth in uphill travel at Maine ski resorts is translating into many more people backcountry skiing in wilderness areas in the state is less clear.

Backcountry skiing in the traditional sense requires skinning up remote, ungroomed terrain before skiing down the powder found in these wilderness areas. Given the off-the-grid nature of the sport, backcountry skiers have to be well versed in wilderness travel, first aid, and how to survive in avalanche country. If skiers in the backcountry get injured or lost, there’s no ski patrol to save them.

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