I think the question that we need to start asking "is it worth it". As both a pass holder (Brighton, what!) and a backcountry skier, it is a constant battle as to which one I would rather do on a powder day. But with the price of safety in the backcountry becoming increasingly expensive it is harder to justify skinning it up.
So my NS friends what do you think?
P.S. Keep in mind after 4 wonderful ski filled years of college at Westminster and 3 post college ski bumming years after I have finally been forced into the "real world" and the consequences that come with it...... real job and weekend warrior. I know it sucks but for the 12 people on this site that can relate lets hear it.