Think of yourself as an extreme sports nut? Well how’s this for a challenge: you’re hurtling offpiste at gazillions of miles an hour when you suddenly realise you’re way off track if you want to arrive at the prearranged spot for lunch. Ah, you think, I’ll whip out my trusty Satski and make sure I'm still on track.
Emphatically not to be used while in motion, the Satski is actually designed as an initial orientation device for when you first arrive at a new resort, rather than as a virtual navigator to help you wend your way, turn-by-turn, to the next ski station.
It comes preloaded with a map of the resort you're at and details of where to hire ski gear, get a ski guide, where to go for apres ski and where to eat as well as details of where to stay. It shows you routes for black runs, red runs, where the nursery slopes are and so on and generally helps you work out where you are and where each run will take you.
Satski spent last winter gauging interest from ski resort operators and claims overwhelming interest in the concept from the ski industry. This positive feedback led to its founders putting the Satski into wider production, but it's still very expensive to produce. The maps are also a little basic (though far more practical than a flimsy bit of paper that quickly gets soggy and ends up squidged under a ski boot or snowboard).
This season, the Satski piste plotter will be available for hire at French ski resorts (Italy and elsewhere are on the horizon). In time, however, the Satski may eventually become a consumer product.
Find your way round French ski resorts with a Satski handheld mapping unit