Equipment, Pandemic Fuel Explosion In Popularity Of Backcountry Skiing
The summer of 2020 was the warmest ever recorded in Burlington, but backcountry ski equipment was flying off the virtual shelves by August — months before ski shopping season usually begins.
“You could say hundreds of percent increase [in sales] for sure, across the board, just for alpine [touring equipment],” said Doug Stewart, a manager at Burlington-based Skirack.
Backcountry skiing, which takes place in the wild, not at a resort, exploded in popularity during the pandemic in Vermont. It puts skiers out in the woods and in wide-open spaces, far from the lift lines and chairlift rides where crowds had to be carefully controlled during Covid-19.