Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs
Using radios for lining up techy lines/drops/runouts with your partners in the backcountry is almost mandatory (have you ever tried yelling or waved your arms to communicate?)
The problem is when an annoying family spends all day yelling into their radios, constantly trying figure out where everyone is all times, where to meet for lunch, etc,.... They CAN'T be enjoying their vacation!
Virtually all radios have 20+ main channels, plus dozens of subfrequencies, so finding a non-nanny channel shouldn't be very difficult.
On the rare occasion when I did come across a group of dimbulbs who had to constantly reconfirm even the smallest detail of every event (like lunch) on my obscure channel selection, I either changed channels or sometimes "assisted" them in understanding that they should meet at the lodge at 1 for lunch, which seemed so terribly difficult for them to understand.
Keying the mike for an extended period is also a satisfying maneuver sometimes too when all else fails.
Getting back to the original question - buy the radios, but don't believe the 10, 12, 15 mile range claims, and remember that line-of-sight is the typical way they'll work, so while you'll probably be able to speak from Blackcomb to Whistler, it might be more of a challenge at The Canyons.
Motorola's are a good choice, and you can buy acessories reasonably on ebay.