This year, all Bluebird Backcountry guests will receive a free six-month trial of Gaia GPS Premium, courtesy of our partners at Gaia GPS. That means free access to local topo maps, satellite imagery, slope-angle shading, National Geographic trail maps, and more.
With the Gaia GPS app, you can download all of these maps to view your real-time location even when you’re offline and out of service. The app is also great for tracking stats like mileage and vertical gain.
To start your free trial, follow the steps provided in your booking confirmation email. Then, read on to learn about some of our favorite features.
Bluebird Backcountry Routes and Skin Tracks
We’ve created a folder containing all our ski runs, hut locations, skin tracks, closed areas, and other points of interest. Add all these features to your personal map by downloading the Bluebird Backcountry Folder. (Be sure to download these features to your phone before leaving cell service.)
Slope-Angle Shading Maps
The slope-angle shading overlay is one of the maps our backcountry experts rely on for tour planning in avalanche terrain. It’s especially useful when analyzing which slopes are more likely to slide. Darker shading indicates steeper slopes.
Satellite Topo Maps
The Satellite Topo map shows topo lines atop ESRI satellite imagery, giving you a clear picture of both elevation contours and any forested or rocky terrain ahead. This is one of our favorites for tour planning, as well as four-season navigation.
How to Download Maps for Offline Use
Before you leave home, be sure to download the Gaia GPS mobile app. Then download all the maps you’ll need for the area you intend to explore. (Cell service at and around Bluebird Backcountry can be spotty.)
For instructions on how to download maps, visit the directions link in your confirmation email, or go to Gaia GPS’s resource page.