Radios for skiers – which one to choose?

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Walkie-talkies for skiers are a beneficial, necessary means of communication! It is difficult to overestimate the benefits of walkie-talkies at a ski resort, especially when traveling with a large team. Radios for skiers are an indispensable assistant. The choice of radios for skiers and snowboarders is currently huge. The forums have been studied, reviews, tests have been re-read, and various radios’ prices have been compared. And yet, what kind of radios to buy for radio communication at a ski resort? The answer to this question is ambiguous; let’s try to figure out the criteria for choosing radio stations, radios for skiers, and snowboarding. This is the necessary range of radio communication, ease of use, reliability, and radio strength.

Let’s dwell on them in more detail:

  1. Radio range in the mountains… Here you need to think – do you need to communicate further than 3-5 km on a mountain slope? Many who buy radios for skiers answer that 3-5 km is more than enough. Therefore, we will recommend radios for skiers based on these numbers. Often, manufacturers of radio stations indicate the declared radio range for line-of-sight conditions. If you ride a team on the same slope and keep in touch with each other, this is essentially line-of-sight communication. Portable unlicensed radio stations in the 433/446 MHz range with a power of 0.3 W, and above are great for communication at distances of up to 3-5 km in line-of-sight conditions. As a rule, multichannel, compact radios, they are lightweight and much more convenient than portable radios in the 27 MHz range. We still recommend that you pay attention to walkie-talkies with a power of 1 W and above. The use of portable radios with a force of more than 4-5 W is unjustified. For a noticeable increase in the communication range, the power must be increased every ten times, and this is already about 40-50 watts. Only car radios or base stations provide this power. An increase in the power of a portable radio to 7-8 watts will only lead to an acceleration in the battery’s discharge and will not noticeably increase the range.
  2. Ease of use. Of course, for communication on a mountain slope, you need to use convenient radio stations. The dimensions and weight of the radio significantly affect usability. The most convenient, functional, and compact are LPD or PMR radios operating at 433 and 446 MHz, respectively. The most inexpensive LPD radios for skiers are Baofeng BF-888S radios and more durable and high-quality RIXOTEL R-22 DELTA radios. RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI, RIXOTEL R-44 SKIF, Vector VT-44H, and ARGUT A-23 NEW showed themselves even better in the mountains- they operate in the unlicensed LPD / PMR range. Transmitter output power 4-5 W, high receiver sensitivity, and extended antenna provide excellent communication range for LPD / PMR radios. 
  3. The use of lithium batteries is also an essential factor in providing the convenience of operating radio stations in the mountains. An example of such radio stations is the RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI, RIXOTEL R-22 DELTA, RIXOTEL R-44 SKIF, ARGUT A-23 NEW, Baofeng UV-5Rand some models from other manufacturers. All walkie-talkies that use lithium batteries come with automatic chargers, which makes the charging process fast, and the automatic shutdown at the end of charging is informative and safe. Lithium batteries work worse at low temperatures, so it is better to put the walkie-talkie under outerwear or in a pocket in winter. You can improve the usability of the walkie-talkie by using headsets.
  4. The reliability and strength of walkie-talkies largely depend on their design and the quality of the components used. The most durable radios are made based on an aluminum chassis, for example, Vertex VX-231, RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI, RIXOTEL R-44 SKIF, ARGUT A-23 new, Vector VT-44 Military, and some models of other manufacturers. It is worth noting that such walkie-talkies have more weight than unlicensed LPD / PMR radios in plastic cases sold in cellular salons. The most compact of the rugged walkie-talkies are the Baofeng BF-888S. The highest quality and most reliable radios are RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI, RIXOTEL R-44 SKIF, Vector VT-44 Military, and Vertex VX-231 radios.

As a result, we get the following conclusions  – you can save money on radios for skiers. More often than not, there is no need to use particularly robust and especially long-range radios. You can use comfortable, compact radios, the most inexpensive of Baofeng BF-888S, and RIXOTEL R-22 DELTA. Sometimes skiers use even cheaper radios, such as Voxtel or Motorola toy radios sold in telecom stores. But in all respects, they are inferior to the RIXOTEL R-22 DELTA radio stations.

The leader in terms of the set of parameters, and the most recommended radio for skiers, is the RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI. It is relatively compact and durable. It was made based on an aluminum chassis. The radio station body has a protection class of IP-66, which allows you to use radio communications at a ski resort without resorting to additional measures to protect the radio from snow or water. The RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI radio provides radio communication at a distance of up to 5 km over rough terrain and up to 2 km in a forest. In conditions of direct visibility between the tops of the mountains, communication is possible at distances significantly exceeding the ten-kilometer line. Radio station RIXOTEL R-55 PROFInot overloaded with controls, easy to use, equipped with an automatic network charger, high-capacity lithium (Li-Ion) battery, flexible antenna, and quite affordable!

The convenience of using walkie-talkies with a Li-Ion battery can hardly be overestimated because you can charge it at any time without waiting for a complete discharge. Li-Ion batteries have no memory effect, and the charging process itself takes no more than 3 hours. The walkie-talkie with a lithium battery does not have to be left to charge overnight.


The walkie talkie is made on the basis of an aluminum chassis, this design provides high strength. The weight of the radio with antenna and battery is only 215 grams.
1990 RUB


The radio station is in a rugged case with protection from external influences. A rubber seal in the area of ​​the battery contacts, as well as rubber plugs and other seals completely prevent dust and strong jets of water from entering the radio station (degree of protection IP-65).


Protected radio UHF frequency range, made in a rugged case with protection class IP-66. The radio is built on a modern high-tech element base, has a shock-moisture and dustproof housing, and its basis is a durable and lightweight aluminum chassis.
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I want to write separately about the unsuitability of CB (C-Bi) radio communications at a ski resort. Also, the 27 MHz CB band is of little use for any other outdoor activities when portable radio stations are required. Let’s start with the fact that the CB range is actively used by taxi and freight services. – there may not be a free channel at 27 MHz. Many will reasonably notice no taxi far outside the city, and they will be right. But Mother Nature has prepared an unpleasant surprise for all radio communications users in the 27 MHz range. On days of high solar activity, there is a chaotic passage of radio signals emitted hundreds and thousands of kilometers from you. Moreover, these signals’ level often exceeds the signal level from a portable C-Bi radio station located several kilometers away from you and operating on a short antenna. Put – at the most inopportune moment; you can be left without radio communication at all!

It is also worth noting the high cost of portable radios in the 27 MHz range, which often exceeds the value of many robust LPD / PMR radios. Let’s add here the impressive dimensions of mobile CB radio stations, considerable communication deterioration when working from the car, and the premises. The following situation will often be observed: “We got into the car without connecting an external antenna – goodbye communication! We entered the room with a portable CB radio – goodbye communication!” Increasing the receiver sensitivity of 27 MHz radios does not solve problems with either range or communication reliability. The sensitivity of any receiver will be limited by the significant noise level in the air. And the noise level in the CB band (27 MHz) is often very high, and therefore the receiver’s real sensitivity will below.

As a result, we have a significant set of disadvantages of 27 MHz radio communication for communication in the mountains, in the absence of noticeable advantages. To effectively transmit and receive at a frequency of 27 MHz, antennas of impressive size are required. How many skiers would like to ride with antennas in the form of “one and a half meter rods”? We can hardly imagine such a skier. The CB 27 MHz band is suitable for communication between stationary objects, between a fixed object and a machine, and communication between devices, but only when using external antennas. Basic CB antennas are often over 5 meters in height. CB radios have been used successfully in taxis and truckers on the highway, but these are topics for other articles.

Walkie-talkies for skiers can be purchased in our stores in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk and purchased with delivery to cities in Russia and Kazakhstan. RealAudio company delivers walkie-talkies and radio equipment by transport companies, as well as by Russian Post cash on delivery to the cities:

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