Beginning this month, Sunshine added SlopeTracker GPS armbands to their rental arsenal. While skiing, riding, or lounging with beer, SlopeTracker monitors your activity: your number of runs, speed, vertical feet, calories burned, and hours resting. The three-ounce GPS armbands will even give average grades and run difficulty. Invented by Jay Casper, an ex-naval aviator, who teamed up with 25-year ski buddy Ken Rivera (the pair seen above at the NSAA 2005 convention), the GPS units were launched first in Colorado resorts. Sunshine is the first Canadian resort to rent SlopeTrackers; they're available for CAN $25 per day from the Ski and Snowboard School desk at the gondola base. After skiing, you receive a poster-quality ready-to-frame printout of the day's statistics—record-breaking downhill speeds to hucks that went nowhere.
- Snow Reports