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Ski GPS device

Hello all - yes I know summer is just starting but I am the type of person who likes to research things and I hate leaving it to the last minute, so I am going to ask a ski question now.

Last season I used an app called Ski Tracks on my iphone and I loved it - I found it interesting to see how fast I went, how far I went and all the other details. But I didn't think it was all that accurate - it once told me a skiied a 44 degree slope - now I know I didn't ski anything that steep. So it wasn't all that accurate.

This winter I want to use something more accurate and I have been told that Garmin make the best GPS type devices. But I find their website quite confusing and I really am not sure what I am looking for. Random googling hasn't come up with much.

So finally I get to my question - does anyone recommend any particular watch or handheld device for skiing? I really would like to know - speed, distance, vertical, altitude would be nice as would temp. I like being able to download onto google maps and seeing where I went, but that isn't essential.

Any recommendations?

Thanks,
Jo (who loves summer, but can't wait for the white stuff to start falling again!)
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Re: Ski GPS device

Hi Jo,
Just to track where you've been, something like these should be adequate: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=52201
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=38145
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=49312

However, bear in mind that GPS's often get confused in mountains, especially when there's lots of reflective surfaces around... so anything short of a really pro device might still give you some 'funny' readings every now & then. I use a map-based GPS for cycling & hiking, it one time thought I flew across a 300 metre wide & much deeper ravine & back again.
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Re: Ski GPS device

Forgot to say, when you download the track file to your computer, there's a plethora of tools you can use to analyse it (including Google earth), however I use this one: http://utrack.crempa.net/
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Re: Ski GPS device

At Titlis last season, they were offering high precision GPS tracking devices for loan to skiers. So they must exist somewhere...
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At Titlis last season, they were offering high precision GPS tracking devices for loan to skiers. So they must exist somewhere...
I know! I am usually quite good at finding things on google, but not much is coming up - going to have to be more creative on the words I am inputting or something.
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