Changing settings while in the field? ...
Changing settings while in the field? This is a half question as I'm wondering how other Contour users do it, or don't. You can't change the exposure settings once you are in the field and they are fixed, so you have to decide ahead of time what to set it up for on any day. Setting the exposure for clear, sunny snow means that it will be totally dark once you go into the shade or trees.
I've gotten around this by using the "Hi def" and "Low def" settings on the back of the camera more like "Sunny" and "Shady." I leave both resolutions at the same setting, but then change the exposure so that my "Hi Def" is really sunny snow and "low def" is really for the shade. It is pretty easy to switch between them.
That is the exact same thing I chose to do. I honestly haven't switched that often though, but I do like that you can use that to give it an extent of flexibility.