[R493R, Whistler Blackcomb] added GPS tracking devices to some of its ski and snowboard school programs. The program is designed especially to add an extra safety net for kids.

Whistler's ski and snowboard school is outfitting those participating in the resort's Whistler Kids and Ride Tribe programs with GPS tags during lessons. The GPS tags, which track real-time location, provide additional safety for the kids and teens across the large resort. Guests also enrolled in private lessons also have the option to wear a GPS tag.

The flaik GPS tracking tags also record information, such as lifts used and runs skied. Data available after lessons includes average speed, total vertical, number of trails, and distance covered.

"Parents this season can look forward to a little more peace-of-mind knowing that we'll be able to track their children, using flaik's GPS system, no matter where they are on the mountains," said Donna Kerr, General Manager of Whistler Kids. "So far, the response from parents and children has been overwhelmingly positive."

The tag uses cellular technology via a Global System for Mobile communications network. It transmits information, which is then collected by a central server, enabling flaik to pinpoint a guest's exact location and his or her physical relationship to other guests or resort staff. Users must be registered on the flaik Web site to view their statistics from the day.

Whistler Kids offers group ski lessons for children ages 3-12 and snowboarding lessons for ages 7-12. Ride Tribe gives teens ages 13-17 the chance to learn riding or skiing fundamentals or halfpipe and terrain park tactics with a certified professional coach.

More information: Whistler Kids, flaik. Or call 800-766-0449.