Best Apps For Backcountry Skiing

When it comes to backcountry skiing, it’s not just about the gear—it’s also about the apps.

So you’ve got your skis, bindings, boots, poles, helmet and goggles all packed up in your backpack. You’ve got your avalanche beacon and probe just in case things get hairy. You even have a first aid kit on hand in case someone gets hurt on the slopes. But what about your phone? What apps are best for backcountry skiing?

We’re going to take a closer look at some of the most popular apps for backcountry skiing and see how they stack up against each other.

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The first app we’ll be looking at is Backcountry Navigator TOPO GPS by Backcountry Navigator LLC. This app uses topographic maps from Tom Harrison Maps to provide accurate elevation profiles of terrain around you, as well as detailed information about elevations of peaks and passes nearby—all while allowing users to record tracks while they ski or snowboard down mountainsides!

Another great app for backcountry skiers is Ski Tracks by Antti Ollila. This app allows users to track their speed and distance traveled while skiing or snowboarding through different locations around the world—and

Why to use a GPS app (like Gaia) while backcountry skiing

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Skiing is an incredible sport. Whether you’re skiing inbounds or outbounds, it’s a fun way to get outside and connect with nature. However, skiing can also be a pain to plan for and a danger if you’re not aware of local snow reports.

Here at Brunton, we’ve previously covered the importance of navigating avalanche terrain in the backcountry with a compass. To expand on that, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite apps that can help keep you safe while exploring the slopes.

  1. Powder Project

This app enables you to find more than 800 miles of backcountry, sidecountry, and secret lines. Though you should pack a map on your backcountry expeditions, this app enables you to download area ski trails. Powder Project will also track where you are on a trail, and suggest the best nearby ski lines.

  1. Mammut Safety
    Staying safe in avalanche terrain is the number one goal when skiing in the backcountry. The Mammut Safety app enables skiers to assess the risk of avalanches in their chosen location by providing data on exposure and slope angle. This app also has the ability to transmit GPS data to a saved number or search and rescue in case of an emergency. A compass is also included.
  2. Avalanche Forecasts

Plain and simple: this app is on of the easiest ways to check avalanche danger. It aggregates information from every avalanche center in North America to ensure that backcountry skiers are well-informed of current conditions.

  1. Avalanche Inclinometer
    Elevation, slope, and the compass aspect of the mountain face are the three main things that backcountry skiers need to account for when skiing in avalanche terrain. Avalanche Inclinometer, also known as Steve’s Badass Avalanche Inclinometer, shows all three of those things simply so that skiers aren’t confused when deciphering the information.
  2. Open Snow

Want to know if it’s going to be a powder day before getting on the slopes? Open Snow gives snow forecasts for when you’re planning your ski trip, and snow reports so you know what you’re getting yourself into. This app gathers information from 2,000 mountain locations across the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe.


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