The Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map is the iOS version of the popular paper map and website (visit WBSkiing.com). As with the other platforms, the iOS map includes an index to more than 1,000 backcountry locations in Utah’s Central Wasatch mountains. It is the must-have app for Utah hikers and backcountry travelers. With a familiar map-app interface, the Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map accesses your device’s GPS to display your current location on a high-resolution topo map. And with only a few taps, the “destination arrow” on the integrated compass will point to your desired backcountry ski location. And with a single tap, hundreds of the locations will open the Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Guide website where you can view photographs and detailed information about the location. The app also displays your current elevation and lat/long, and will send your current location via email. And with a tap, you can display detailed information on more than 200 of the locations including skiing difficulty, skinning distance, vertical climb, parking considerations, and more. (Contrary to a posted review, you don't need cell service to use this app--you don't even need a contract with a cell service provider.) NOTICES: When navigating, the “destination arrow” points directly to the destination without regard to hazards such as avalanche paths, cliffs, and rock fall. It is your responsibility to travel in the backcountry safely.
Without being able to download the guide the app map is completely useless. I wish I had read the other 1 star reviews first. This is the most expensive app I’ve ever downloaded and hands down to the most useless. Deleting.
This app is worth every dime. I always have the paper map in my pack (buy that, too), but to say that I use this app a lot is an understatement. The map and guide are easily the best and most detailed resource available for travel in our mountains. It’s a straightforward PDF of the paper map, but that’s all you need. There’s a compass screen that provides heading, location, and elevation, but that’s about it. No fancy trackers or social media connection to bloat the app and drain your battery. Perfection! I do wish that the online guide were somehow available for download for situations in which you want to research a new line because of a change in plans but don’t have solid signal. I understand that keeping the guide online allows for easier updating, but it would be nice if offline access could somehow be incorporated. As it is, I just screencap every possible entry along any planned route before we leave home. The only other feature I can think of that I MIGHT want is for the option to automatically orient the app to your direction of travel. It lets you do this manually and already has the compass display, so this seems like it might be a simple tweak to connect the two elements. But this is a minor thing, and I don’t think I’ve ever sat on a mountain and really wished it could do this.
This app is convenient for trip planning, but it does not cover the whole wasatch range area where backcountry skiing is popular only the three major canyons in Salt Lake Co. I hope it includes Utah Co. and Ogden area as well.
Really amazing app. Must have if you plan to go into the backcountry. Useful for planning routes, looking at what’s ahead, and reflecting after. Really great app for being prepared and knowing what’s out there. One thing I always do too is screenshot the area I toured and using the drawing feature in my camera roll I try to map out the runs, tours, and areas I stopped. Well worth the money. Have fun and stay safe!
For $13, I wish that the app was more than just a map with labels. When you attempt to get information for the different areas, it opens a link in your web browser to their website (which is free to access), which means you have to have service to access that information. For such an expensive app, I really wish that they had built that information into the app. I had such high hopes for this app but regret spending so much money on it.
I use this app all the time, and I know this range pretty well. It is a crucial tool if you spend any time touring in the central Wasatch!
I use this app to plan if not to navigate on every tour I go on in the Wasatch. It’s simple to use, accurate, and helps me and my ski partners make good decisions in the Backcountry when exploring new or unfamiliar terrain. It’s well worth the money and should go side by side the UAC app if you’re planning on touring the wasatch area. Less complicated than Gaia, but with enough extras to be a powerful tool in your pocket when you’re on the skin track. Pro tip: You can use it while your phone is in airplane mode ;)
There needs to be an update, this app keeps crashing every time I try to open it. Phone has been restarted and still having this problem.
Not worth the price for a map