New Hampshire and Western Maine are blessed with a rich ski history that includes a deep heritage of backcountry skiing from Mt. Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine to the many ski trails developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) of the 1930’s (some of which still remain today). The celebration of the sport of skiing is embedded in the culture of the area.
While backcountry skiing’s resurgence has captivated a new user base, it is also now a measurable, undeniable force in the industry and is the fastest growing segment of the sport. To wit, forty-five percent (45%) of alpine skiers and fifty-five percent (55%) of snowboarders ski or ride the backcountry. The demand is strong but the terrain in New Hampshire and Western Maine is limited by the natural density and legal access to the forests and mountains.
Granite BC resolves to improve the playing field for backcountry skiers. Creating and developing ski glades, however, is not the only objective of the group. Improving the foundation of the sport is critical to future success, such as creating partnerships and collaboration with public and private landowners, education regarding safety and ecological awareness, and creating a unified culture – one that respects the land and does not permit unauthorized cutting.
With interest on the rise, the ability to organize is a powerful tool to steward our own future.
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