I'm a 24 year old aspiring to be a back country skier looking to get even more hardcore into skiing. I've been skiing with my family for 20 years but took 4 years off thru college, and just discovered the sidecountry in the last two years. I've worked a lot skiing alone to have much better form than before, and after a pretty fall filled first day or two can get a reasonable pace thru New England's woods. Steep terrain doesn't both me too much till there are dense trees, or sheer ice. (Side question: are the glades denser out here?)
The problem is, most of my friends are not at my ski ability level/comfort level with some of the gnarlier terrain I go to, and I often find myself skiing alone. I've spent several days this year exploring the woods at Stowe and Jay alone (though I was much happier with the snow last year) but prefer to ski with people. The one friend I have that is good enough took all his vacation time to go to Colorado and Utah on trips I couldn't make this year.
I'm just curious how you guys all got into back country skiing and how I would go about exploring it? Should I just continue exploring the woods on my own? I don't mind skiing alone, and it seems like a lot of people do it, but it just seems to go against all safety warnings that are always quoted.
I just keep watching ski movies and saying over and over again "I want to do that." So I just thought I'd ask advice on how you guys got into the BC, so I can learn to do "that"