Figure 3_ recreatin tracks_Squires et al

Figure 3_ recreatin tracks_Squires et al

These four mapa compares paths taken by backcountry recreationists. The tracks from snowmobile riders are shown using forest roads to move through forested areas to more open, high mountaintops, where riders can access an off-trail play area (A). Backcountry skiers can be seen funneling uphill on forest roads and then dispersing as they come down the mountain through the trees (B), while snowmobile-assisted hybrid skiers show heavy use of trails while being towed by snowmobiles to favored locations and then similar use of treed slopes while skiing down the mountain (C). Skiers ferried by helicopters to extremely inaccessible areas then ski down to a central location for pickup, traversing slopes that are open and above the tree line (D). ©Rocky Mountain Research Station