Two way radios fondly referred to as walkie talkies, are a great way to keep in touch outdoors. Truckers, snowboarders, skiing troupes, mountaineers, off-roading enthusiasts, and rescue teams count on their reliability to keep in touch when in remote areas where cellphone reception isn’t so reliable.
Other than this, they don’t limit your talk time since you don’t have to pay cellular communication charges. All you have to do is buy the best walkie talkie for skiing, keep it charged and ensure that you are within range of your group.
Top Walkie Talkies for Skiing in 2020
|Cobra CXT1095FLTCW Walkie Talkie||37 miles||NOAA weather alerts||Waterproof (IPX7 standard), dust proof, floats in water||No|
|Midland GXT1000VP4 GMRS Two-Way Radio||36 miles||22 channels, 28 privacy code channels, NOAA weather scan and alert||JIS4 Waterproof makes it splash resistant||Yes, Voice activation|
|Motorola MT350R FRS Weatherproof Two-Way Radio||35 miles||NOAA weather alerts, 22 channels with 121 privacy codes each||IP-54 Weatherproof rating (waterproof and dustproof)||No|
|Dewalt DXFRS300 1W Walkie Talkie||250,000 square feet||22 channels||IP67 standard dustproof and waterproof||Vox voice activated transmission|
|Motorola MR350R FRS/GMRS Radio||35 miles||NOAA weather, 22 FRS/GMRS channels, 121 privacy codes||IP-51 standard||iVOX hands free|
Cobra CXT1095FLTCW Walkie Talkie
Even though skiing is all about the ice and snow, a floating walkie talkie could come in handy when the ice breaks. This Cobra CXT1095FLTCW is not only designed to float but also has an impressive 37-mile range that is more than enough of closely packed groups and quite useful when calling for help.
It gives you Weather Alert prompts via the NOAA weather channel and has a cool vibration alert that notifies you when a transmission is coming in.
- A weatherproof design that is water and dustproof
- Floats in water
- Up to 37 miles range under ideal conditions
- NOAA weather alert channel
- Vibralert vibration for incoming transmissions means you’ll never miss important calls
- The camouflage color, though good for spotting in water, will easily blend into snow and brush
Midland GXT1000VP4 GMRS Two-Way Radio
This Midland walkie talkie will give you access to 50 General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) channels that let you transmit up to 36 miles on open terrain. You also get an earpiece and a microphone with Sound Activation Transmission (eVOX) technology that means you can transmit on the go without having to bring up the two way radio.
You also get some 142 CTCSS/DCS Privacy Codes that gets you over 3000 channel options that you can use to block out other conversations and focus on what matters to you.
You will still get the NOAA Weather Scan feature that connects you to the outside weather prediction world and lets you know when storms are brewing over the next peak so that you can get to safety on time.
- A maximum 36-mile range under ideal conditions
- Uses 50 GMRS channels
- An earpiece and mouthpiece with voice activation means you don’t have to hold the radio to talk
- NOAA weather scan alerts
- Privacy codes to filter out or block other conversations
- You will need a GMRS license to use the GMRS frequencies
- Range drops drastically in areas with obstructions like a forest or crevasses
Motorola MT350R FRS Weatherproof Two-Way Radio
This two pack deal of IP-54 rated walkie talkies is great for outdoor buffs who not only go skiing often but also want something resilient enough to always work when they expect it to. The radio is water and dustproof meaning that it will keep working in virtually all conditions as long as you have a signal.
You can get good reception for up to 35 miles if you are in the right terrain and you will still get weather broadcasts from NOAA channels. This will keep you in the loop about severe weather conditions and tell you when to evacuate the slopes.
The radio is charged via a miniUSB charger. You can juice it up on a car, in your hotel room or even on a snowmobile with the right USB charger adapter
- This model has a bright orange color that is easy to locate by sight if you drop it
- Weatherproof design for more reliability when out in the wild
- A good maximum range of 35 miles
- Easy to charge on the go
- NOAA weather alerts
- You can only use to FRS channels (1-14) legally if you don’t have GMRS license
- The practical range if all standing on the same level is around 3 miles
Dewalt DXFRS300 1W Walkie Talkie
The Dewalt DXFR3001 is a more practical walkie talkie that gives its signal range in a more practical way. It can give you up to 250,000 square feet of coverage or more depending on how you use the 2662 channel combinations on offer.
With an IP67 rating, it means it is completely dustproof and can stay for 30 minutes immersed 1 meter underwater without being damaged. It can also withstand a 2-meter drop.
We have featured it on this list since it is a great multipurpose tool. It will work well around town since it is actually a construction walkie talkie and will still hold its own out in the woods.
- Dustproof and water-resistant
- Can withstand 2-meter drops
- 22 preset channels and privacy codes to minimize interference from other transmissions
- A realistic range quote and reliability
- Vox voice activation for handsfree use
- No NOAA weather alerts mean you will be alienated while out in the wild
Motorola MR350R FRS/GMRS Radio
This compact FRS/GMRS two-way radio from Motorola is a great compact piece that is easy to use and reliable. It will come in handy on most of your skiing and backcountry trips thanks to its egonomics and easy to use interface.
You get 11 weather channels with 7 of them being NOAA to keep you connected with what is going on over the horizon. A VibraCall vibration alert ensures that you don’t miss any transmissions over the 22 channels on offer that you can fine-tune using 121 privacy codes to filter out unwanted conversations.
The Motorola MR350R also gives you iVOX hands-free communication if you purchase the right audio accessories (mic and earpiece.)
- Vibracall alerts
- 11 weather channels NOAA included
- 22 channels with 121 privacy codes
- iVOX hands-free communication
- Up to 35 miles in ideal conditions
- You will have to buy extra hardware to enjoy the iVOX hands-free experience
A good set of walkie-talkies is a great way to stay in touch with other people while out skiing. They give you better, cost free-range than regular cellphones, and are always studier.
You should remember that the maximum range advertised is only applicable in ideal conditions like when one person is on elevated ground and the other down in the valley. The normal range in a forested area with other obstructions can drop down to 2 miles – which, in my opinion, is more than enough to keep in touch with your group.