Out-of-bounds backcountry terrain accessed from ski areas.
“Sidecountry” refers to out-of-bounds backcountry terrain accessed from ski areas. While ski patrol conducts extensive avalanche assessments and hazard mitigation inbounds, this is not the case on the other side of the boundary. Once you exit the ski resort through a gate or access point, you are entering the backcountry. The snowpack is different, as are rescue options. Treat lift-accessed backcountry just the same as you would any other backcountry terrain by checking the avalanche forecast, carrying avalanche rescue gear, and traveling with a partner one at a time through avalanche terrain. In other parts of the world, “off-piste” terrain within the resort may not be mitigated either. Make sure you understand local protocols and travel accordingly.