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There is plenty of good terrain out of bounds between Palmer and Govy.

Sidecountry skiing has become increasingly popular in recent years.  Just see how criss-crossed the terrain is just west of the Timberline Ski Area and slightly out of bounds.  As compared to true back-country skiing, where you venture into the wilderness, sidecountry skiing is done just off to the side of a ski area but within reach of the lifts.  In fact, the uphill transportation is usually provided by lifts, followed by some traversing or even a bit of additional climbing, and then skiing or riding in ungroomed and out-of-bounds areas, but with the ultimate goal of returning to the lifts or to other signs of civilization, such as when skiing down to Government Camp.

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