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Guides, maps and apps for backcountry adventures

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Ski Tour Planning on a Whole New Level


The Backcountry Ski Atlas is a zone-specific backcountry skiing and snowboarding guidebook loaded with high quality aerial photos, route information, trailhead and access beta and terrain tips. This is an essential tool for planning your tour and works in tandem with the Backcountry Ski Map and Apps.


The Backcountry Ski Map is the waterproof, tear-proof map that goes in your pocket or pack on every tour. Access, approaches, descents, avalanche information and public/private land communications are all included on this beautifully drawn topographical map to accompany the Atlas and Apps.

Rakkup App

Download the RAKKUP app for free, then get the Digital Guidebook for your ski zone with a one-time purchase (no yearly membership). This puts the content, aerial photos, route descriptions and topo maps on your phone for the book purchased. Downloadable for offline use and GPS navigation. With the Rakkup App you get a detailed digital book in an app with backcountry-skiing specific features.

onX Backcountry App

Download the onX Backcountry app and sign up for a yearly membership to gain unlimited access to all of the Beacon Guidebooks content for all zones in all states (aerial photos, route descriptions, and more). Downloadable for offline use and GPS navigation. With the onX App you subscribe to a high-tech country-wide mapping app that includes backcountry-skiing-specific features.
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Niseko, Japan
Backcountry Ski Map

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Do you have GPS navigation, 3D interactive maps and route sharing yet? You should!

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Avalanche Education

"Fortune favors the prepared mind" - Louis Pasteur

Avalanche Search & Rescue;
A Backcountry Field Guide

By Alexis Alloway

A backcountry field guide to help you be the best, most prepared team member possible. A durable, compact tool to help you remember everything you've learned.
"It covers everything from planning and risk management, snow analysis to search techniques, medical help and rigging. I definitely recommend this book to anybody heading to the backcountry." - Seattle Search and Rescue

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Rakkup Apps



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New Mexico

River Maps


The Beacon BLOG

A collection of articles about our backcountry skiing regions highlighting local history and stories as well as links to resources you need to get familiar with an area.

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