New state ski reports site, new avalanche info app

Screenshot from skimt.com, the state tourism office's new aggregator of Montana ski reports.
Screenshot from skimt.com, the state tourism office’s new aggregator of Montana ski reports.

The state’s tourism office has launched a website that aggregates snow reports at all the major ski resorts in the state.

The website, which is also optimized for smartphones, provides snowfall numbers, summit depth and the number of lifts in operation, according to a press release from the Montana Office of Tourism. There are also email and RSS subscription options.

Of course, individual resorts post this information to their own websites, and local radio stations provide this information each morning – several of them play on the stations in Bozeman each morning.

While locals may already have their own methods for finding conditions at the spots they love, non-regular skiers or tourist from out of state will probably find a lot of value in the site, rather than having to look up all the resorts by name on Google.

Avalanche app screenshot
Screenshot of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center’s new Android app.

In other snow-tech news, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center recently launched a Android app to let people get their daily advisories and warnings more conveniently.

The app is currently available on the Google Play store. The developer says an iOS version will be available after it gets some more testing.

Doug Chabot, director of the avalanche center, told the Chronicle’s Jason Bacaj that his organization has been trying hard for years to provide information to people on whatever platform they want it, starting with online updates in the mid–1990s.

Read Bacaj’s full story here.