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.
Version 3.5.0 is now linked to the Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Guide. After selecting any of the hundreds of linked-locations in the app and tapping on the "Tap here for more ..." box, photographs and detailed information about the location such as skiing difficulty, skinning distance, vertical climb, altitude, aspect, and slope angle will be displayed in Safari (see screenshot). You can tap on the "WBSkiing" text in the top-left corner of Safari to return to the app. Version 3.5.0 also has a new base-map with dozens of additions and improvements. As always, it's a free upgrade.
Ratings and Reviews
A friend convinced me to buy this app. I'm happy that I did. It is very useful for route finding especially in places that I am not familiar with. Some of the names on certain lines seem different than what I've heard in the past but not a big deal. Could be helpful in a rescue situation by sending a screenshot of your location (assuming you have service).
See map, names and position even without a signal.
This app is very well done. Significant research went into this. This is most obvious from the free desktop app which is also worth checking out. If you want a great, searchable map of the Wasatch that will show your location even when Google can't, this is the app to get.
Pricey, but worth it.
I have used this app more times than I can count while touring. The interface is super simple to use, and you don't need a internet connection to use the map. Whether you are skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling, you need this app if you are in the Wasatch backcountry.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.