Explore Backcountry Skiing
Maps & Features

Carry the gold standard for backcountry skiing and keep the best offline maps and navigation tools at your fingertips. Recap your day’s performance with distance, vertical, and speed tracking. Using slope angle analysis, satellite imagery with contours, and snow forecasting, Gaia GPS will guide you to new heights in the backcountry.

Preview Recommended Maps

Slope Angle Shading and Avalanche Forecast

Use the Slope Angle - Avalanche overlay on top of your favorite base map to find lines and avoid avalanche terrain. Check the Avalanche Forecast layer to get a link to the full avalanche report and danger ratings from all avalanche forecasting centers in the United States. Download all the maps you need and take them off the grid to help you navigate.

Recent Satellite Imagery

Choose from multiple high-resolution satellite imagery maps to easily scope out tree density and slide paths before heading out on a tour. Check early- and late-season conditions from the comfort of your couch using the FreshSat – Cloud Free and Fresh Sat - Recent maps. Get up-to-date snow coverage on peaks, passes, and anywhere else you want to ski or snowboard.

Snowfall Data

Get more information on snow conditions in the Lower 48 and find areas holding the deepest snow with the Snow Depth layer. Use the Snow Stations (Daily) map to get daily snowfall reports for remote mountain areas in the western US and British Columbia. View water density readings to see if the snow is light like Wasatch powder or heavy like Sierra cement.

Snow Forecasting

Sit back and watch the powder roll in over your favorite backcountry ski zones with the 24-, 48-, and 72-hour Snowfall Forecast overlays.

Navigate and Track your Stats

Leave cell service behind and navigate your route with powerful GPS features, right on your phone. Record your distance, total ascent, and speed. View your location so you always know where you are on the map. Drop waypoints to mark trailheads, turning points, terrain traps, and decision making points. Gaia GPS is the all-in-one skiing app for backcountry travel.

Free and Paid Plans

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  • Record tracks, drop waypoints, plan routes
  • View Gaia Topo map
  • Distance, speed, & elevation stats


  • Slope angle shading overlay, topo maps & satellite imagery
  • Download maps to your phone or tablet for offline use
  • Customize maps with specialty data