Our Pick of the best Ski Apps
So, you’re heading to the mountains this Winter. You’ve spent hours perfecting the ultimate playlist, have got some kicking headphones to boot. But what apps have you got downloaded and ready to enhance your mountain experience?
We’ve done the research for you and have listed our top “must have” apps for the season. Whether you’re out for a season, an instructor course, or a family holiday download these and it will help improve your all round mountain experience both off and on the piste!
How fast did I go? How far have we gone? Where have I skied today?
1. Ski Tracks – Ever wondered how fast you have gone, or how many miles you covered in a day? Ski Tracks is a GPS track recorder and is the premier tracking application for skiers and snowboarders. You can track your speed, distance and covered ground. It's available from the App Store for £0.69. Bargain!
2. Alpine Replay – Track your day on the mountain with AlpineReplay by measuring speed, distance, vertical, Calories and more. Made by skiers and snowboarders for skiers and snowboarders. We automatically separate your runs, tell you which chair lifts you've taken, clock your time on the chairlift and much more!
If you're doing a season in Banff this winter, then look no further…
3. Banff Park Companion – Truly the perfect companion for anyone wishing to fully experience the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies within Banff National Park. A complete “guidebook” to the Rockies…and it's on your iPhone and iPad! It's available from the App Store for £2.99!
I'm going to North American resort for the first time…
4. Realski – If you're off to a North American resort this year, take a look at Realski. Just point your device at a resort and its augmented reality technology shows up all the chairlifts, runs, lodges, restrooms and restaurants. Available as a free download from the App Store.
I'm only going skiing for a week, what are the conditions going to be like?
5. Ski Forecast – Heading to Val d'Isere? Firs time in Meribel? Knowing the forecast and snow conditions helps you plan ahead. Ski Forecast gives you weather reports for the next few days and also information about the quality of the snow already on the ground. Free download.
6. The Ski Club of Great Britain – Great up to date information on all the local conditions at a wide range of resorts. Free to download
Looking for an adventure, but want to be safe?
7. Ski Maps – If you fancy going off piste for the afternoon, this clever little app allows you to download a ski resort map to your mobile and find your exact position, and way back, by using your phone's GPS positioner. £1.99 from the App Store.
What does it look like up top?
8. Ski Webcams – Snow reports are all well and good but sometimes you want to see the slopes for yourself. This app has more than 1,500 webcams available from more than 400 resorts worldwide, many in high definition. Free download.
Learn to ski on a budget…
9. Ski School Intermediate – Give this “lesson app” a spin. It features ski instructor Darren Turner, who gives handy tips and demonstrations for the intermediate skier. Also enables you play a video of you turning, against an instructor. £2.99 from the App Store.
Something to do before dinner…
10. iTrailMap3D – Relax in your hotel/chalet after a hard day's skiing, grab a beer and compare your routes and tracks with your friends using this 3D map and tracking app. When you get home, you can export the info to Google Earth. £2.99 from the App Store.
Looking for activities and discounts round resort?
11. Tripster Ski – The purpose of this app is to help people get much more enjoyment and better value out of their skiing holiday. With recommendations on the best places to go round town, giving perks and discounts on products and services, helping book activities and giving you practical tip, Tripster Ski is your number 1 tour guide round the mountain resorts.