Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck
any device to just measure vertical/speed is a waste of dollars and unneeded stuff to carry.
It's pretty easy to know how much vertical you ski by how many lifts you take - look for something that does a lot more (of the non skiing daily uses you need or don"t waste your money). Speed
measurement is interesting for about 3 runs once you've done it you know how fast your going.
A little bit harsh and opinionated, no? I'm with you, but some folks love that kind of stuff.
What I would say to the OP is to be sure you really want all that function before laying the money out. I bought a watch with some altitude capability a few years back. At the time, I was looking for the fancier, more expensive Suunto ski-specific computer, but it wasn't available any longer. I'm glad it wasn't because I've never actually used the altimeter function on the cheaper watch I did buy. I used it to tell time on the slopes. Then the battery died. As it turned out, fiddling around with a watch with my cold, numb fingers didn't really seem as fun as just pointing downhill and getting after it.