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December Newsletter from Mountain Dynamics
Snow is falling all around, and we've hit the ground running this season, with very strong sales of all four Garmin sets of our SnowRanger GPS trail maps (California/Nevada, Colorado/New Mexico, Northwest/Montana, and Utah/Wyoming).

make a great gift, and if you order before noon PST tomorrow (Dec 19th) we'll have them to you, or your gift recipient, by Dec 23rd.


* Magellan and Garmin

We're still not quite there with the Magellan-certified version of SnowRanger for their eXplorist GPSes, but it will be released on the Magellan MapSend website any day now. Magellan is moving to promote their GPSes and the SnowRanger maps in the snow sports arena, sponsoring our events and also taking part with us in a that and Subaru are running with Sacramento's KCRA-TV Channel 3.

On the Garmin side of the house, we're now an official Garmin partner, and are offering four special bundles: get a Garmin Legend, Legend Cx, Rino 120, or Rino 530 GPS with a SnowRanger map set and !
We've chosen these models because we think they are the best blends of features and price for the skier or snowboarder in Garmin's model line-up. The Rinos, with their built-in walkie-talkie and position- sending features are particularly well suited to the task.


* Mountain Dynamics Events

This coming week we'll be in the Snowmass Village Mall on Dec 22-23 with Garmin distributor PMC, so stop by the Garmin/Mountain Dynamics tent for a hot drink while you check out the latest Garmin GPS hardware. The tent will also be in Aspen's Gondola Square on Dec 28-29 and for the Winter X-Games (Jan 25-28), and back at Snowmass Village Mall for Presidents' Day weekend (Feb 17-19).

The first event is at Northstar-at-Tahoe on Jan 5th, followed by Kirkwood on Jan 20th and again on Mar 3rd. Bring your GPS, have some fun, and try to win an eXplorist 500LE from Magellan preloaded with SnowRanger maps!


* Technical Corner: Garmin nuvi, Apple Mac, and memory cards

Our SnowRanger software installs so smoothly that we rarely get technical support emails or calls, but the ones we do get are nearly always related to whether we support the hot new Garmin nuvi series of personal navigators, or whether we work with Apple Macs.

We're verifying exactly how the maps can best be installed on the nuvis, and how they appear, but they should work well. Right now, you can install SnowRanger maps directly to a nuvi across its USB cable if you have a copy of Garmin's MapSource software.

We are about to also make SnowRanger maps available on microSD memory cards. These will slide directly into the memory card slots on the Garmin 'X' series models (e.g. the Legend Cx or the 60CSx), and with an included adapter will also slide into the larger SD memory card slots on the nuvis. With these cards there is no need for downloads, CD-ROMs, or USB cables-just pop the memory card into the GPS!

These memory cards will also be a good choice for Apple Mac owners.
Neither Garmin's MapSource or our own installer software work on a Mac, but with the microSD cards that's not an issue.


* Coming Up

Working on creating the Garmin GPS bundles and memory cards set us back a little on the project to improve the Snow Days web pages (which show your GPS track overlaid on our trail maps with vertical feet and speed statistics and graphs) so look for that in early January.


Happy Holidays from Mountain Dynamics!
12/27/06Montjoux
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