[WATCH] Dumb or Daring? Skiers Go Big in Montana’s Backcountry
If you're a skier or snowboarder, there aren't many better places to live than Montana. Throughout the state, you'll find a variety of ski areas that are sure to test your abilities.
Big Sky Resort has earned a reputation for being one of the best ski resorts in the country with nearly 6,000 skiable acres. If you've ever been to Big Sky and got a glimpse of Lone Peak, you know how massive the area is.
Many skiers in Montana enjoy exploring the backcountry and hiking outside of the boundaries to find more technical expert terrain. Those areas are difficult to access and are meant for highly-skilled skiers and riders.
A recently shared video on the Big Sky Resort Facebook page shows a group of skiers and snowboarders hiking out of bounds to the Headwaters and A to Z chutes. The Headwaters is very steep and highly technical and is considered triple black diamond expert terrain. Big Sky Ambassador and Freeride World Tour Athlete Chance Lenay describes it as " the gnarliest stuff out there."
Skiers Venture Into Montana's Backcountry
Check out the video from Steep Motion Films below. Do you think these folks are dumb or daring? Just watching it gives me anxiety.
It takes a special kind of person to venture into Montana's backcountry. Most ski areas in Montana require visitors to carry an avalanche transceiver if they plan on heading out of bounds.
If you're new to backcountry skiing in Montana, here's an informative guide to help you get started.