It looks like none other than seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is getting into backcountry skiing. Pretty cool I think. Earn your turns Lance. Check out his March 14, 16 and 17th updates on his Twitter account.
For better or worse, I think our sport is on the brink of an explosion. The word on A.T. gear has gotten out to the masses, and the ski industry had one of it's best season in the past decade. Backcountry gear was a major player in that figure. It is, in someways I think, like mountain biking was back in 1989 or so. I think the next ten years or so will be the heyday for this sport – there will be entrepenuerial opportunities out there for those smart enough and hard working enough to take advantage.