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GPS for Skiing

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Howdy folks, There is a company that makes ski slope map overlays for GPS units. They have them for Maggellan and for Garmins. Has anyone tried them? Are they any good?
post #2 of 14
No I havent' tried them, but it's sounds cool. PM me the name (before you get busted for spamming). Do they have slope degrees and such?
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
the company is mountain dynamics. The poduct goes under the name of Ski Ranger or somethjing like that.They have a pretty good web site. It looks like a nifty gadget.
post #4 of 14
I almost started a new thread asking about the SnowRanger GPS product until I finally found this one.

I have a Garmin GPS, I'm a geek, and I'm intrigued.  I've wanted to rent the GPS trackers available at some resorts to track my stats for a day, but never got around to it.  This product loads resort trail maps on many Garmin GPS receivers and I'm considering purchasing the North American resorts map set.  Before I do, I'd like to get some feedback from anyone that owns and has used this product.  They have a one-week 20% off sale that started today and I'd like to take advantage of it.

Here's a link to their site: I'm not affiliated with Mountain Dynamics in any way, just an interested skier looking for more info from people who have used this.

post #5 of 14
about time
post #6 of 14
 The JH Tapped Iphone app does this.  It also will plot your friends position on the map if you get seperated, your friend has to also be running the app on an iphone.  You can email the trail map with all of your runs plotted on it with a table of stats from the phone on slope, chair, or barstool.  If I was mean, I could send it with some pics to my buddy trapped in PA.  I think these kinds of apps will be pretty common on most platforms by next season
post #7 of 14
 JH Tapped sounds terrific, but I don't ski at JH... Do they plan to expand to other ski areas?
post #8 of 14
 I know the developer and I think they would like to.  It's a question of what the other areas are looking for.  I suspect that the other areas will either develop their own similar apps or will jump on board when they see how great the initial offering is.
post #9 of 14
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.
post #10 of 14
I bought the Snowranger maps.  Since my pocket GPS (a Vista HCx) has a somewhat small screen and I'm old enough to need reading glasses, it is of limited real utility, but it is fun.  The maps are well made and pretty complete.  If you have good eyes, I'd say they could be really useful.

I have used mine for real once.  At Solitude, when we came out of the Black Forest we were not sure if we were downhill from the Navaronne lift, so we took a look to figure out where we were, and make sure the "road" we saw was the blue runout trail back to the base (it was).
post #11 of 14
I bought the maps for Europe and North America and used them this year in Utah and in France/Switzerland.  I am impressed by the number of maps. 

unfortunately, the usefulness of the maps is limited to how well your GPS works(or how well you know your GPS which in my case might have been a limiting factor). 

the maps actually look decent and have pretty good detail.  however, on my Garmin Nuvi 500, the resolution is a little low so the it;s tough to get anything useful visable on screen.  also, it supposedly does turn by turn route finding but couldn;t hear it while in my pocket and skiing.

was thinking of upgrading to an Oregon or Dakota as they are supposed to have better screens for this sort of thing.

anyone else have any suggestions for a GPS?
post #12 of 14
Last summer I picked up a Garmin Rino 120 at a rummage sale. It is a GPS and GMRS radio in a single case. It actually worked pretty well, though, as mentioned, none of the small screens are easy on older eyes. I have used both MapSource and GPS Trackmaker (freeware), and built my own limited maps from USGS topo maps. No topo on the GPS unit, but when combined under GPS Trackmaker on my laptop, I can see where I had been. The Snowranger maps definitely sound like a better option.
post #13 of 14
Check out your track logs with Google Earth.
post #14 of 14
by the way, you don;t need to buy the snowranger maps to track your progress.  you just upload your gpx file to their website provided you have a supported GPS and are willing to carry it on the slopes.  it maps it to google earth.
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