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Get to Obscure Trailheads More Easily This Winter With this Tool

Gaia GPS's latest update lessens the chances of getting lost while driving to the backcountry skiing trailhead

Backcountry skiers have a desire to get away from it all. Like, really far away. So far away, ski tours often start outside of cell service and in places where Google Maps can’t quite figure out where you are. While going off-grid can be nice, being able to find your way is important for enjoyment and for safety.

Gaia GPS announced today that they have the solution for making sure skiers can get to the right trailhead and beyond. The backcountry mapping app is now compatible with Android Auto, meaning Android users can easily navigate deep in the backcountry directly on their car’s dashboard. And, thanks to hundreds of downloadable maps, the navigation stays accurate well after your cell phone loses signal.

“The Gaia GPS development team took to the trails navigating back roads to thoroughly develop and test all of Android Auto’s new features and capabilities,” said Software Engineer and Android Auto project lead Sasha Heinen. “We can’t wait for users to do the same.”

According to Gaia GPS, the Android Auto update was the most requested update since the app rolled out Apple CarPlay compatibility in early 2020. The Gaia GPS community was very vocal about the update on Reddit, Facebook, and a number of community forums.

Now, Android Auto users can pull up satellite, Gaia Topo, National Geographic Trails, MUVM, and other helpful maps to navigate with turn-by-turn directions. Once users arrive, they can take Gaia GPS with them and navigate deeper in the backcountry, check regional avalanche reports, figure out how steep terrain is, and more. And, best of all, they can do it all offline.

Like SKI Magazine, Gaia GPS users can maximize the experience by joining Outside+, which includes a premium experience on both Gaia GPS and on SKI’s website. Learn more about Outside+ and sign up today.

Note: Gaia GPS is owned by Outside, SKI’s parent company.