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Lyte Probe

The Lyte probe is a digital penetrometer designed to measure the snowpack as fast as it changes. Packaged as ski pole, the Lyte probe is loaded with half a dozen sensors to create some of the highest resolution measurements you will ever record in the snow. As you manually pushed it into the snow, it measures NIR, Force and its position. Profiles are then downloaded via USB in 30 seconds. Lightweight and tough, you can collect hundreds of measurements in a day. This flexible platform is ready to make your research easier than ever. The Lyte probe is already being used for for snow hydrology, remote sensing projects, and avalanche science. Its been used all over the Western U.S., Alaska, Canada, Norway, and Greenland! Curious about the data? Checkout what we have been measuring on our page probe at a glance!


  • Avalanche Assessment and snow mechanics
  • Measure snow density – checkout our previous work
  • Create datasets for modeling signals for remote sensing
  • Key in on spatial variability


Comes with one Lyte probe smart ski pole, a charger, and a great support team!

  • Novel impact resistant penetrometer
  • Measures active and passive NIR
  • Manual insertion with auto depth detection
  • Adjustable length 1.0m – 1.5m
  • Rechargeable long lasting battery
  • Protective sheath/ removable basket
  • Firmware updates for life
  • Auto timestamp data
  • Tons configurable settings including sampling rate
  • Designed, built and made to be repaired right here in Boise Idaho!


Our computer software is open sourced on GitHub so you can easily report bugs, request features, and even submit code. Need help getting setup? We regularly get on the phone to help people through technical issues so you can get back to doing what you do best, snow science!

  • RADICL– Open source command line interface for USB connections