Backcountry riding is gaining popularity every season, and the reasons are tenfold. In this world of instant computerised everything, actually being able to go out and connect with Mama Nature for a bit of solitude is a gift we shouldn’t take for granted. Resorts get busier year after year, and if you’re sick to the back teeth of getting jostled in a packed lift queue while an angry punter thrusts his ski pole in your face then maybe venturing out into the backcountry is just what the doctor ordered. Speaking of doctors, your health will take a nice turn when you’re having to power your own body up the hill, a little bit of cardio paired with intensive leg day- who needs a wanky expensive gym membership?
“If you’re sick to the back teeth of getting jostled in a packed lift queue while an angry punter thrusts his ski pole in your face then maybe venturing out into the backcountry is just what the doctor ordered”
Being able to eschew the traditional routes up the hill means you can be more creative with your descents; and the whole mountain becomes your playground. Riding mad tracked out powder doesn’t have to be a thing anymore. There’s no feeling quite like walking for hours and finally making it to the top, tired and sore, but suddenly filled with energy envisioning painting your line back down.
With the prices of lift tickets going through the roof, taking to the backcountry is a more economically sound investment, and while it might be a bit of a financial hit initially, it’ll save you a few bucks in the long run for sure.
So whether you’re a grizzled mountain (wo)man who lives their life in refuge huts, a pure fitness freak trying to sculpt your tree trunk legs, a local trying to escape all the seasonaires’ vomiting on themselves in folie deuce, or just a curious individual who wants to get out there and experience what is actually OUT there, we’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest backcountry bits we saw at ISPO 2019.
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