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February Newsletter from Mountain Dynamics
Record snowfalls in most parts of the country have blessed us with one of the best winter sports seasons ever. Resorts have been pushing back their projected closing dates later into April and May as the snow keeps coming. January also brought us record sales of our SnowRanger GPS ski resort trail maps-it seems like everyone found a Garmin or Magellan GPS in their holiday gift stash!


*** Extend your coverage to all of North America

If you love your regional SnowRanger set but wished you’d bought the whole country because of an upcoming trip to a new area, don’t worry! We’re offering a $29.95 discount on the full set for customers who’ve previously bought one of the regional sets. Just log-in to our website using the username that you bought your set under, and enter the Offer Code ALLNA425 during the checkout process.

Offer applies to Magellan SD card media and all Garmin media types, and is good through 4/30/08.


*** Garmin Uplink

We've created a new track upload tool for Garmin GPSes that uses the Garmin Communicator browser plug-in. This lets you upload tracks from your GPS directly onto our website, without having to go via GPX.

It's live and linked from our other web pages, or may be reached directly .

It works with all Garmin GPS models that can record track logs, and not just mapping GPSes but also fitness models like the popular Forerunner 205 and 305 watches. Although these smaller units cannot display our SnowRanger GPS ski resort trail maps they are good for recording tracks and for recording vertical feet skied, and were featured in the February 2008 edition of Ski Magazine.


*** SnowRanger Europe Available for Download from Magellan

Our SnowRanger Europe maps, produced in conjunction with Navionics S.p.A. and Magellan Inc., may now be purchased for download from website.

These extensive and detailed maps are packaged into ten “resort complex” sets, four national sets, and one, super-sized, Europe set, and have also been on SD memory card for Magellan GPSes, since January.

SnowRanger Europe is compatible with Magellan’s popular eXplorist, CrossoverGPS, and brand new Triton series.


*** Magellan Triton On-Mountain

We had a chance to take a brand new Magellan Triton 400 out at Mt Bachelor, Oregon last week, and were impressed.

The unit is a little bulky, but we found it slipped in and out of a ski jacket pocket ok, and has a convenient lanyard attachment point (essential in our experience handling expensive electronics on chairlifts!). GPS signal acquisition was fast, and held a signal better within lodges than other units we had with us.

We inserted the SnowRanger Northwest/Montana maps on SD card, and they were immediately recognized and displayed, and looked very good on the bright screen.

Battery life was good; indeed we got two days use out of a set of freshly charged 2200mAH NiMh batteries. Those weren't "first chair to last chair" days due to the weather, but we did seem to exceed the 10 hours stated battery life.

The only real problem we found in this test was the buttons and control pad are a little small and hard to operate with thicker ski gloves on, but they are well spaced, which helped.


*** Mountain Dynamics in the News

Mountain Dynamics and SnowRanger have received a lot of positive media interest this season. A TV feature on Denver’s 9News kicked the season off on a high note in December, and we’ve been recently featured in the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Popular Science, and About.com. We’ve also been discussed in a variety of leading blogs such as Engadget and GpsPasSion.

Links and more details in our .


As the winter storms bring more snow, and spring corn is just around the corner, don't get lost!

Montjoux, Mountain Dynamics Team Leader
02/23/08Montjoux
 
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