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).
It’s an expensive topo map
Not sure why all these 5 star reviews rave about this app. First of all, “Wasatch” is misleading - it’s a topo map that covers Millcreek, BCC and LCC. Nowhere near everything in the Wasatch. Second, it’s just a topo map with the names of popular touring areas on it. The map labels are not linked to any real information. You have to search the route name, then it takes you to the external website for any info which is al free and doesn’t require the app. The app is useful as the topo map is handy for when you’re out touring, but for the price there should be waaaaaaaay more here. It should at least have a browsable database, clickable links on the map, and the locations of popular skin tracks.
All of the reviews raving about this app must come from people who know nothing about navigation. This app is a complete waste of money and I’m deleted it 90 seconds after opening it.
If you need to know local names for each individual face this might be of some use to you (but so is a book). Otherwise, all of the information provided here can be acquired for free and better. Use Avenza PDF maps and you can have USGS topos or a topo on a sat image. All of the ski-specific information is available for free online; take a screen shot of that before you go.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.