In an earlier thread I asked about the SnowRanger product for a Garmin GPS. I purchased the SnowRanger map product from Mountain Dynamics and have had great results with it.
At the beginning of the season they had a sale and I went ahead and purchased the entire US ski resorts map set. It was a good thing that I did rather than just purchasing a smaller map set because in addition to the usual week that my wife and I do in Park City I had a chance to do six days in Tahoe and will be also going to the Breckenridge area later this month.
I have an older Garmin 60CS that doesn't use SD cards, so I had to buy the map set on DVD and use it with Garmin's MapSource. I first used it in Tahoe and kept the GPS in the upper right chest pocket. I was able to load maps for the entire Tahoe area including Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Mt. Rose, Heavenly and Squaw where I skied. When I went to Park City, I was able to load all of the Utah resorts, including Deer Valley, PCMR, The Canyons, Alta, and Snowbasin were I skied. I was able to download the tracks created each day to MapSource and see the runs that I skied and the lifts that I took. You can also upload your tracks to the SnowRanger website and share your tracks in Facebook.
Because I was learning how the product works I wasn't able to upload the first three days at Alpine Meadows, Northstar, and Mt. Rose because you can only upload active tracks and I had already saved the tracks for those three days.
There's nothing on the SnowRanger website that explains this in detail, so here's the best way to use it, particularly if you're using your GPS to navigate to a particular resort:
- When you get to the resort, either save or clear your track so that you are starting your ski day with a new active track. Turn the GPS on before you get on the first lift. If you eat lunch indoors, turn off the GPS while inside and turn it on again when you go back outside. Turn off the GPS after your last run. DON'T SAVE THE TRACK as you need to upload the active track to SnowRanger.
- When you get back to your computer, first download your tracks to MapSource and then upload the active track to the SnowRanger website. After the track is uploaded, you will have an opportunity to edit the track, choosing which portion to start the day, continue the day, or ignore. If you used the GPS to navigate to and/or from the resort, make sure that you ignore that part of the tracks. Checking out the tracks first in MapSource will help you determine which portions of the tracks those are.
- After you choose the correct tracks that represent only the time you were on a lift or skiing, SnowRanger will process your tracks and the SnowRanger Explorer will show a map with each lift you took and which runs you skied. You can get a summary of your day which will include the resort, vertical feet, number of runs, distance in miles, elevation changes, and speed. You will also get the same summary for each run and lift.
One of my best days was on 3/1 at PCMR. I skied from 9:56 AM to 4:21 PM, did 18 runs, 24,046 vertical feet, and 42.3 miles, with a top speed of 49.1 MPH. The top speed was achieved on a run including Home Run, Silver Skis, Silver Queen, and Treasure Hollow.
So far this year, the tracks that I was able to upload to SnowRanger show that I've skied 13 days (actually 14), 172 runs and 198,928 vertical feet.
If you really want to keep track of not just the number of days that you ski, but also the number of runs, which runs, vertical feet and MPH this product will do it for you.