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Tech Tools

Slepian, Maggie
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Apps to try this winter. 

It’s hard to believe that a few years ago, most people weren’t glued to a ubiquitous, palm-sized device containing a wealth of downloaded information. These tech-savvy days, a bevy of programs can be loaded straight onto your smartphone. Here’s a list of the more interesting apps to appear on our screens lately.

Star Walk
Vito Technology
$3
Use this visually stunning app to look up constellations as you walk beneath them. A calendar tracks upcoming meteor showers, eclipses, and other celestial events so you won’t miss the next sky show. The “time machine” feature even lets you see what the night skies looked like in the past.

BCA Backcountry Assessor
Backcountry Access
Free
This nifty app lets skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers plan trips, evaluate avalanche danger, and help coordinate groups more effectively. Avalanche danger is assessed by measuring aspect, slope angle, and elevation, which then coordinates with the current avy forecast in your region. Bonus: this app features step-by-step instructions for different rescue scenarios. Remember, this tool is not a substitute for training and education. Get certified.

Eddie Bauer Adventure Guide
Eddie Bauer
Free
Bozeman is our back yard, and you might think you know it like the back of your hand, but you couldn’t possibly have the beta on every trail around. That’s where the Eddie Bauer Adventure Guide jumps in. With customizable settings for difficulty, length, and proximity, this app replaces hours of searching online for your next outing. It can also help you plan road trips, as it has over 10,000 unique locations spanning nine different outdoor activities.

Yellowstone Outdoors
High Country Apps, in conjunction with the Yellowstone Association
Free
Here’s your go-to resource when planning an adventure in Yellowstone Park and the surrounding country. You’ll find outdoor attractions, activities, and features of this amazing landscape you didn’t even know were there. Whether you’re looking for a great ski trail or planning an overnight backpacking trip, you can research, plan, and store your favorites in one convenient location.

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