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hi_vis360there is definitely backcountry skiing to be had in new england, not a whole lot of mellow beginner terrain though. What state are you in?
icecoastshredderHi, I saw this thread, I am also a northeast skiier and I am interested in trying ski touring. I've looked at some of the trails maps from ridgeline and granite backcountry and it seems like some are pretty mellow, with short approaches and no avalanche risk. Would it be reasonable to try out some of these short trails with binding adapters and no avy training? I would definitely get AS1 before even considering going somewhere with a risk of avalanche. I am also considering trying uphill travel at a resort first.
vermontanaI think its a good idea to do some resort uphilling first to get the hang of your gear, work out how your boots are feeling etc...Those zones are great to begin getting some actual BC experience without entering avy terrain. Good idea to go with a partner if you can, as coverage is still a bit thin and as mellow as they are, you're still away from medical help and potentially without service if something were to happen.
mattberubeLooking to get into some backcountry skiing in the north east. Located up in Maine at Umaine, trying to find some places that aren't too far or crazy to try and get into it. Just ordered daymakers and skins to get into it and see how I like it. Then ill get the cast system for my next set of skis if I ended up liking it a lot.
schussonIf you’re looking for lift access freeride, places like Smuggs, Mad River, Jay, Cannon, and the Loaf are all strong choices.
For touring, start small. Learn how to navigate on skins and terrain choice. GBA glades are well maintained and offer a great stepping stone to bigger terrain. Take classes and find a mentor.