September 27, 2010

Garmin: Pair of Skiing GPS Units - Dakota 20 and Oregon 450

Garmin is teaming up with Mountain Dynamics SnowRanger ski resort maps to create skiing editions of their popular handheld GPS units. Paper maps are so 1985 when you have an electronic option available, especially a GPS that can tell you distance skied and max elevation. So, while this isn't a big departure from what types of data are available on a regular handheld, having the mountain maps available on the GPS is a nice addition to the day, especially if you are skiing some of the bigger mountain in the Rockies or over in Europe. The maps offer the lifts, the trail difficulty, and even insight into the topography through contour lines or shading.

"Both have a built-in 3-axis electronic compass, which shows where you're heading even when you’re standing still, without holding them level. And a barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. When you’ve finished on the slopes you can review, relive and replay your runs at the free worldwide online community, Garmin Connect"

Full Press Release Below......

Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation*, is pleased to announce two new skiing GPS navigators. The DakotaTM 20 and OregonTM 450 ski editions come with Mountain Dynamics SnowRanger ski resort maps for Europe or North America. Not only do they help you find your way around easily, they tell you how far, how fast and how high you go.

If you’ve ever stood at the top of a slope and wondered what combination of runs and lifts would take you back to your chalet or exactly how to find your friends on the other side of the mountain, the Dakota or Oregon ski editions can help. SnowRanger maps give you turn-by-turn directions telling you which lifts and slopes to take to get to your destination. Ticket offices, parking, snow parks, restaurants and ski schools are all marked on the map.

“My Garmin tells me everything from max speed to vertical metres skied and is a great way of recording my whole day's skiing” says Olympic skier, Graham Bell. “With ski resort maps I can plan my day on an unfamiliar mountain and I know I will never get lost even in white-out conditions.”

The SnowRanger ski resort maps contain more than 420 resorts for Europe in the Alps and Pyrenees, and over 100 resorts for North America, including top Canadian resorts such as Whistler Blackcomb.

The Garmin Dakota 20 and Oregon 450 have tough sunlight-readable displays so you can see them in the glare of the snow. They’re durable and waterproof – so you don’t have to worry too much when you’re burning down the slopes. TO find out more information on these rugged handhelds please visit

Both have a built-in 3-axis electronic compass, which shows where you're heading even when you’re standing still, without holding them level. And a barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. When you’ve finished on the slopes you can review, relive and replay your runs at the free worldwide online community, http://connect.garmin.com/ or visit http://www.mountaindynamics.com/en/SnowDays.html

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 27, 2010 9:09 AM

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