Back Country (back-coun·try) noun: skiing or riding in unmarked or unpatrolled area, usually in pursuit of fresh fallen powder snow. Slack Country or Side Country (sahyd coun.try) skiing or snowboarding just outside a ski area boundary. Unlike back country skiing or snowboarding, where you hike in for access, slack or ide country is accessed from the lifts of a ski resort. The allure of backcountry skiing and riding has increased over the last few years and many resorts, as well as manufacturers, are filling this demand with innovative products and services.
Regardless if just starting out or an experienced slack country enthusiast, when travelling outside of the ski area boundary, into slack country terrain, guests are responsible for their own safety and the safety of the group. At the minimum every member of the group needs to be wearing a transceiver (and know how to use it), carry an avalanche probe, and a shovel. When you’ve got the basics covered, the additional equipment list gets a little fun.