I just heard about this new service called MountainStats that is using GPS, snowsports and competition to foster an online community.

Here's how it works...

  • Get a compatible GPS device
  • Turn it on and hit the slopes
  • The GPS tracks where you go and how fast
  • Upload your stats to a web site
  • Compare and share your stats online
  • Create buddy lists
  • Compete with others

It tracks these things:

  • Total Vertical
  • Distance Covered
  • Top/Average Speed
  • Degree of Slope
  • Rate of Descent

I'm not convinced this is going to create a great community, but I could totally see how this could be fun among a group of folks who ski together on a regular basis. Just another way the web is bringing us together...