Backcountry access is available from Steamboat Resort, but it’s important to remember that terrain beyond the ski area boundary is not patrolled or maintained and that avalanche danger and other hazards exist. Access to public land outside the ski area boundary is provided through marked access points (pictured above), and Steamboat Resort is not responsible for the safety of skiers and riders who choose to go beyond the boundary. Should backcountry travelers need to be rescued, those duties are performed by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office and could be costly if a search team, helicopters or ambulances are required.
Steamboat Resort urges those venturing into the backcountry to know their limits and to be prepared for anything. The unmitigated avalanche risk and unmarked hazards — including large cliffs, tree wells and changing snow conditions — in the backcountry require respect, knowledge and preparation by all those who venture into the terrain.
Before heading into the backcountry, always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. You should always travel with a buddy, and each of you should carry the following items.
Must-have items for backcountry travel:
- Backcountry shovel
- Avalanche probe
- Avalanche transceiver
- Food (high in energy)
- First-aid kit
Not only should you carry all the items listed above, you must know how to use them in case of an emergency. Remember that in the backcountry, your actions affect every member of your group as well as those who may be required to assist you in an emergency. Always stay within your ability level, make responsible choices and communicate any concerns with your group.
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