Backcountry apps target winter recreationists with loads of features

The amount of information outdoor recreationists now have at their fingertips is astounding.

It wasn’t that long ago that a handheld GPS device was considered unprecedented for the information it provided to an adventurer about their location and the surrounding terrain. Now you can get all of that and more on a smartphone, most of which have a bigger screen than GPS devices.

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding provides access to some incredible landscapes. Getting there safely requires skills in navigation, avalanche safety and good gear. Nowadays, that gear often includes a backcountry app.

Katie Cooney

Montana has its own homegrown app developer of outdoor maps in onX. In a recent online presentation, the company’s Joe Risi and Charlie von Avis highlighted the capabilities of their app for backcountry snow recreationists.

For $39.99, the app can provide a variety of data, including: avalanche forecasts, current weather conditions, Snotel information on snow depth, topo and satellite views, public lands, and slope angle and aspect.

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