Using a smart phone to find out what's underneath your feet may seem a tad bit unnecessary. Unless, of course, what's underneath your feet is a set of skis and a mountain peak covered in potentially hazardous snow.
Since 2003, Sierra Avalanche Center has provided critical information to backcountry enthusiasts on snow conditions, and the likelihood of that snow sliding dangerously downhill.
And, as the popularity of backcountry skiing and snowboarding expands, the nonprofit hopes to continue its growth with the sports, said Jenny Hatch, the center's recently hired program director.
From July 15, 2011 to April 28, 2012, the …