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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hello all,

Could you please send me posts with what solution you are using for emergency communication when you are skiing on your own? Are you happy with that solution, or does it have limitations?

Thanks a lot in advance.

post #2 of 16

75% of the resorts I ski at have cell coverage. 

 

I usually just keep my phone on me. Might be smart if you are worried to program the resort's Ski Patrol number into your phone beforehand.

 

I've seen walkie talkies too, mostly with families. Resorts will generally advertise somewhere what frequency or "channel" Ski Patrol can be contacted at.

post #3 of 16

Cell phone. Moderately happy with coverage at home resort. Less happy with covered when I head into the BC. Usually only have coverage when at or near a summit. I assume you are asking this because you are doing some market research study. So I will answer a couple of more:

 

1. No, I would not buy or rent any sort of communication device that would have better coverage when I was doing lift assisted skiing.

 

2. Yes, I would consider buying something for the backcountry such as a sat phone or emergency sat/GPS locator. If I were to buy it myself, I would look for a cheap no frills ET phone home option that I would only use if I was in real trouble.

 

Hope that helps.

 

 

 

post #4 of 16

Well, I carry a cellphone, but it doesn't have coverage all over the resort.  I never go in the back country (and in fact there are parts of the resort I don't go in, either) without a buddy.  We own a SPOT tracker, but it's too bulky for me to carry with me skiing.  Plus, the coverage isn't that great in deep ravines or dense tree cover.  (LOADS of experience using this to track my daughter while she was doing owl research in Zion National Park and in Oregon.  She was out at night by herself with no cell coverage and not on any traveled roads.  I speak from HOURS of experience waiting for that next "track" to come through before I went to bed.)

post #5 of 16

I used to be in the "I don't need no schtinking comunication" crowd, but since being educated in this form, I think I will carry a whistle next time I go SideCountry or BC skiing.

post #6 of 16

I'll bet that you can get ahold of a patrol or somebody else using one of those cheap 2-way 21 channel radios if you were lost but still close to resort property.  Just flip thru the channels or scan til you hear resort employees talking or some dad yelling at his kids to meet at the ski school bell bla bla bla.

 

Now, whether or not they'll actually come help you off resort property is a different matter these days.

post #7 of 16

I'm a whistle guy, but I don't leave resort property. sounds primitive, but 99% of the time, it's all you'd need. and why not wear it?

 

well, very seldom and only with people that have tons of com devices of every type. Once we were on top of a mountain and could see our ride drive up to the exact spot at the exact time. we pushed off, sweet arrangement.

post #8 of 16

I always wear a whistle as well.  Never thought of it as being covered under "communication devices" for this question.  Heck, you could get stuck in a tree well tons of places inbounds here.

post #9 of 16

I can see the whistle as being a top option for inbounds.  I also really like carrying walkie talkies.  If some of the faster skiers split off from the slower ones in my group, it is a good way to stay in touch, if you are off the same lift anyway.  They pretty much suck if you are on the other side of the mountain.  I try not to ski at resorts that have great cell coverage smile.gif.  For backcountry, I carry an avy beacon (duh), a cell phone if there is any chance it will work, and I actually just got a SPOT PLB, which I am extremely stoked about.  Keep in mind, unless someone is actually with you that can help you out, you are in dire straights if you get in trouble in the backcountry.  Usually it is pretty rare that I am in the vicinity of other skiers or snowmobilers where they would hear a whistle or something, and forget about avy rescue- you only have about 30 minutes anyway. 

post #10 of 16
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I try not to ski at resorts that have great cell coverage smile.gif.  

There are still resorts without cell coverage?  At Mt. Baker you drive over 30 miles with no cell coverage and then you get to the ski area where there is full, strong service, and this place is off the grid.
 

post #11 of 16

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

There are still resorts without cell coverage?   

 

Yes; A-Basin. [and good for it!]  A nice relief not hearing about the personal life loudly broadcasted by some stranger sitting next to you on a lift. 

 

So for the Legend, old school is fine:  Patrol and chalkboards are best for emergency communication 



 

post #12 of 16
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Yes; A-Basin. [and good for it!]  A nice relief not hearing about the personal life loudly broadcasted by some stranger sitting next to you on a lift. 


 

I would agree that it's nice to have the electronic conversations (texting too) deleted, but don't you still have to put up with those annoying radios bleeping away, and people shouting into them?  I hate those things, though I use one from time to time.
 

post #13 of 16

^^  I hear ya [excuse the pun]

 

Actually… all my contact and health info is on my Road ID for those situations that rise to my level of “emergency”...whereas I’m incapable of making a call out to my fav 5  

post #14 of 16
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I would agree that it's nice to have the electronic conversations (texting too) deleted, but don't you still have to put up with those annoying radios bleeping away, and people shouting into them?  I hate those things, though I use one from time to time.
 



 Sounds like you guys need to get into the backcountry. 

post #15 of 16

Nolo can correct me if things have changed, but when my daughter used to race at Bridger, there was no cell service in the canyon getting there and I never found any locations when I was there that my phone would work reliably.  I'd have to call my husband with results when we were almost back to Bozeman. 

 

Also, there are parts of Big Mountain where, due to the mountain "shadow", there is no coverage.  This is probably due to the fact that the towers are right there and certain angles the signal is just not reaching.  Pretty much most of the back and Hellroaring Basin, your cellphone will be useless. 
 

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There are still resorts without cell coverage?  At Mt. Baker you drive over 30 miles with no cell coverage and then you get to the ski area where there is full, strong service, and this place is off the grid.
 

post #16 of 16

There is no cel coverage at the local ski hill in Logan -- nor most palces in the Bear Rivers.

 

To me emergency communications implies a sat phone and / or SPOT device.

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