Backcountry or freeride skiers ski away from marked slopes with no set course or goals, in untamed snow, generally in remote mountainous areas. I’m sure it is beautiful to see and to do, but if you are not experienced it is also one of the ways to find yourself in the middle of an avalanche.

Freeride Skiing

Austrian freeride skier Christoph Ebenbichler prepares his skis with wax prior to a freeride skiing tour on Seegrube mountain in Innsbruck January 17, 2013. Backcountry or freeride skiers ski away from marked slopes with no set course or goals, in untamed snow, generally in remote mountainous areas. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier makes a avalanche tranceiver check prior to a freeride skiing tour in Langen am Arlberg. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Christoph Ebenbichler checks his avalanche rescue kit prior to a freeride skiing tour on Seegrube mountain in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Haunholder checks the avalanche risk report prior to a freeride skiing tour in Langen am Arlberg. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Ebenbichler climbs up the summit of Seegrube mountain during a freeride skiing tour in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Ebenbichler looks down from Seegrube mountain during a freeride skiing tour in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Ebenbichler speeds down Seegrube mountain during a freeride skiing tour on in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Ebenbichler stands on top of Seegrube mountain during a freeride skiing tour in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Rohrmoser jumps during a freeride skiing tour on Sonnenkopf mountain in Langen am Arlberg. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Ebenbichler jumps during a freeride skiing tour on Sonnenkopf mountain in Langen am Arlberg. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skiers Haunholder and Roman Rohrmoser jump off a cliff during a freeride skiing tour on Sonnenkopf mountain in Langen am Arlberg. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Ebenbichler walks on top of Seegrube mountain during a freeride skiing tour in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Haunholder jumps off a cliff during a freeride skiing tour on Sonnenkopf mountain in Langen am Arlberg. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Ebenbichler smiles after skiing down in deep powder snow during a freeride skiing tour on Stubaier glacier mountain in Stubai. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Ebenbichler skis down in deep powder snow during a freeride skiing tour on Stubaier glacier mountain in Stubai. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skiers wait on top of a deep powder snow slope during a freeride skiing tour on Stubaier glacier mountain in Stubai. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Ebenbichler skis down in deep powder snow during a freeride skiing tour on Stubaier glacier mountain in Stubai. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Huttary skis down in deep powder snow during a freeride skiing tour on Stubaier glacier mountain in Stubai. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Huttary climbs up a steep mountain during a freeride skiing tour on Seegrube mountain in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Huttary and Oerarbaeck from Sweden walk on top of Seegrube mountain during a freeride skiing tour in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Swedish freeride skier Oerarbaeck speeds down in deep powder snow during a freeride skiing tour on Seegrube mountain in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Swedish freeride skier Oerarbaeck speeds down in deep powder snow during a freeride skiing tour on Seegrube mountain in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Austrian freeride skier Ebenbichler skis down a small channel during a freeride skiing tour on Stubaier glacier mountain in Stubai. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Swedish freeride skier Oerarbaeck speeds down in deep powder snow during a freeride skiing tour on Seegrube mountain in Innsbruck. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS