Avalanche Safety Apps
While these tools are no replacement for proper avi skills training and safety gear, they definitely come in handy when you’re prepping for a ski tour or out in the field.
CAC Avalanche Bulletins (free)
Supports most of BC’s ski regions including the South Rockies (bordering Alberta). You get detailed weather analysis and real-time updates, avalanche danger ratings, and pointed travel advice: Avoid thin, rocky or sparsely-treed slopes. Use it religiously.
Mammut Safety (free)
Like a Swiss watch, this app is highly refined. You get global avalanche bulletins, an SOS button that sends your coordinates by SMS, a compass, altimeter, and a clinometer. (Use the latter to judge who wins a beer at the end of the day for guessing exact slope angle.) Mammut also has a bomber packing list app that’s worthy of download time.
MotionX® – GPS ($1.99)
One of the best navigational tools on the market. You can save routes, keep track of the distance covered, mark waypoints, and share it all with friends via your preferred online social devices. A-types will also dig the fact it captures your max speed.
Google Earth (free)
Amazing in so many ways, and here’s another. You can ‘fly’ around the area where you plan to ski and get an overall sense of the terrain. Obviously, use this app as more of an excitement tool (not an informational one); it’s great for building stoke.
No matter how techie things get, this is the one you’ll have the most fun with. And if you’re a fumbler, consider gifting yourself a SealLine E-Case to protect from wet snow, toilets, and other phone destroyers. Kudos to Hugo V. for the app beta and Ken F. for the pic.
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