New Backcountry Skiing Guidebook Serves Unprecedented Interest in Sport

November 18, 2020

As New England ski resorts announce visitor restrictions this winter, a surge of skiers are heading to the backcountry to seek solitude and powder. With national outdoor retailers reporting that sales of backcountry ski equipment have tripled in the last year, this winter is expected to see unprecedented numbers of backcountry skiers, many trying the sport for the first time.

Just in time for this new generation of winter adventurers comes the much anticipated 30th anniversary edition of the “bible of Eastern backcountry skiing.” Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast: 50 Classic Ski & Snowboard Tours in New England & New York, by award-winning author David Goodman is being released by Appalachian Mountain Club Books in early December.

Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast is the only comprehensive guide to the backcountry skiing and snowboarding in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts. It includes thrilling day trips in the East’s highest mountains to hut-to-hut wilderness journeys. The book provides information about the right gear, essential skills, and rich ski history. Whether you are a seasoned alpine touring, telemark, or cross-country skier, a snowboarder, or a resort skier ready to explore the backcountry, this book will lead you to the best powder in the Northeast.

“There is a revolution underway in the backcountry skiing world,” says Goodman. He cites new equipment that enables resort skiers to ski in the backcountry and a grassroots skiing movement in New England that has mobilized skiers to cut new terrain accessible to a broad public. “This is the perfect time to head into the backcountry.”

Goodman, who the Boston Globe has called “the godfather of Northeast backcountry skiing,” wrote the first and only backcountry skiing guidebook to New England in 1989 and has updated it once per decade. The books have won two national awards and are cult classics among Eastern skiers, who have used them to explore terrain ranging from mild to wild.

David Goodman is the New York Times bestselling author of a dozen books and host of the radio show and podcast, The Vermont Conversation. Contact Goodman for interviews and Tim Mudie at AMC Books for review copies of Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast.


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David Goodman is an award-winning writer, skier, mountaineer, and bestselling author of eight books. He has written for numerous national publications including Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times, SKI ,and Backcountry.