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Keep track of your kids on the slopes.

January 2012

 

Worried about your pint-size shredder keeping up with his or her group on the slopes? Enter Flaik (flaik.com), a Boulder-based GPS company whose tracking system connects ski-school students and instructors using real-time location signals sent from a cell phone–size device attached to each skier’s leg. As soon as Junior is separated from his or her group, an alert is dispatched. By Flaik’s count, 350,000 students use its gadgets across 14 locations worldwide, from  three local resorts (Copper Mountain, Steamboat, and Winter Park) to six international ski areas, including Whistler Blackcomb and several mountains in Europe. “We reduce the time kids are separated from the instructor or a patroller,” says Steve Kenny, Flaik’s executive vice president. “That means the kid isn’t worried and can have a better experience on the slopes.” And it ain’t half bad for the parents, either.