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For some unknown reason, I just received a couple of free unsolicited issues of SKI magazine in the mail. I have always considered this a lame publication, but I could not help but read them. One issue had a cover story entitled "Your Next Frontier, the Sidecountry," with info on gear, ski techniques, etc. The article talked about how many ski areas are now opening gated access to their sidecountry, and characterized it as a great opportunity. The death at Mt. Hood sounds like it resulted from exactly the kind of activity the article was encouraging.
The incident was an unfortunate tragedy, but is probably a harbinger of things to come.
Heather Canyon is *not* sidecountry, much less backcountry. It's a gate controlled section of the ski area, but definitely inbounds. However one thing confuses me, the article states:
Heather Canyon is *not* sidecountry, much less backcountry. It's a gate controlled section of the ski area, but definitely inbounds.
So mudfoot, no need to fear-monger about accessing sidecountry as that has nothing to do with this incident, assuming the details in the article are correct.