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Well, how this plays out depends on where they locate these areas.  it could be the end of the world as we know it.  Of course this winter doesn't look good for bc skiing, and I wonder about the future.

Mike

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On Jan 22, 2014, at 3:12 PM, David Guertin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> This was one of the topics discussed at the backcountry skiing forum in Rochester that Paul T. and I attended last fall. Megan Smith was one of the panelists that evening.
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> Dave G.
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> On 01/22/2014 03:05 PM, Alex Friend wrote:
>> The local alt-weekly Seven Days has this story this week:
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>> Into the Wilds: Backcountry Skiers Push for State Help in Carving New Glades 
>> http://www.7dvt.com/2014wilds-backcountry-skiers-push-state-help-carving-new-glades
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>> Excerpt:
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>> Tourism and forest officials are willing to work with skiers and riders to explore the idea of creating backcountry areas on state and national forestland, so long as the group assembles under one umbrella organization, according to Megan Smith, Vermont’s tourism commissioner. Among the off-piste hobbies popular in Vermont, backcountry skiing is unique in that it doesn’t have such a body — while mountain bikers, equestrians, snowmobilers and ATVers all do.
>> “We’re extremely interested in treating backcountry skiing the same as we do mountain biking,” says Smith.
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