Yes, I have always expressed opinions that pertain to recreational resort skiing. I would say that BC skiing accounts for less than 1 % of skiers and gear (there is no "very large number" taking it into the back country, it's a sub group at most. And it will fade in importance to the industry as skiers realize it's a lot of work, dangerous, and a very slow way to get the vertical needed to improve your skiing. Great for nature appreciation and fitness. skiing, eh, not so much, IMO.
I do see a few more companies gambling on the acceptance of BC skiing. But, I'm in total agreement with the statement shared here. He hit it right on IMHO.
Would you take your wife (girlfriend) or the rest of your family BC skiing? I wouldn't, because I'm honest with myself and others as to what can happen............. I do however believe sales of BC equipment and gear will be very good because of it's high tech quality. I agree the amount of people that will and are BC skiing will be minimal because of what's involved with it. Actually the 1% figure might be high now that I think about it.
I've had a great conversation with Search and Rescue who were doing training up at Mammoth last year. I learned a few things from them. I know only a few will take this suggestion. Before you go BC skiing. Talk to Search and Rescue. I highly recommend it. You could be on your own when minutes count the most in someone's survival. There is quite a bit to know. And it takes a lot of time to absorb what you need to know and how to deal with it. Reminds me of something.........
BC skiing is much like scuba diving. And should be treated on that level. The deeper (higher in this case) you go the more critical your actions are. Myself, I won't just dive with anyone. It takes the right person for me to put up that amount of trust in. There are very few of those people around. It isn't unrealistic to think that other person / persons might be the only people to save my life (and vise versa) in a very unpredictable environment........... The same exact thing goes for the BC skiing.
I have no doubt some know it all, teenager high on testosterone (or teenager minded adult) will venture up and end up in trouble soon enough. Then there will be all the "should have", "would have". And everyone involved will say how sad and really sorry they are........I've seen and heard this all before in other outdoor activities.
Hey I love watching the ski videos too.......And don't even get me going on the high quality, weightless gear designed specifically for BC. I think the most positive thing about BC skiing is the flowing over of technology to Alpine skiing. Just look how far skis have come in five years.
BC skiing should ONLY be for a select few that have put in the time with those that have a vast experience in it. It just isn't something you jump into on a whim.