Author David Goodman will claim no clairvoyance on his part for the timing, a “perfect storm” for his work on backcountry skiing.
This month’s release of the 30th anniversary edition of his “Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast: 50 Classic Ski and Snowboard Tours in New England and New York,” couldn’t have come at a more opportune juncture. A curiosity in the backcountry is exploding, not only with skiers and riders looking to socially-distance themselves from the crowded slopes of the Northeast in the midst of the pandemic, but also with the advancement of alpine touring equipment technology (not to mention the exorbitant cost of lift ticket prices).
“With the evolution of backcountry ski equipment, pretty much any resort skier can, pretty easily, transition to skiing in the backcountry without learning how to telemark ski,” Goodman said, also stressing the need for backcountry skills and education about avalanche awareness. “But the actual skiing in the backcountry is really accessible to more people than ever.”
Goodman should know. Backcountry skiing has been his passion since the late-80’s, when Appalachian Mountain Club commissioned him to write the first edition of what has become a bible of sorts for the “earn your turns” crowd.