A backcountry skier ascends in the Snodgrass Mountain trail area near Crested Butte in January 2019 carrying avalanche gear and a rescue beacon. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Retailers are seeing spike in backcountry gear sales. That has avalanche educators, search teams worried.

As ski resorts announce plans to manage crowds, avalanche equipment sales are soaring, leaving search and rescue teams and land managers bracing for record crowds exploring snowy mountains.

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