Technology seems to have made every phase of our lives more convenient in some way or another, and mobile devices have enabled us to have access to tools and information no matter where we are, and what we’re doing. They are just as useful when talking about recreation as they are with business applications. A prime example of this is the vast number of skiing and snowboarding-related mobile apps that have appeared on the market.
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Here are 10 great mobile applications for your smartphones that can enhance your experience when slashing through the snow on your skis or boards. I’ve tried to find both Apple and Android app download links where possible but many of these are only available on Apple phones.
Ski and Snow Report
While there are many apps coming out that give you snow reports, this one seems to be the most popular, with the best ratings. You can customise this app to give you detailed information that can be easily customised according to the locations in which you like to ski or snowboard. It’s very simple to use and the stats are always reliable.
AlpineReplay Ski & Snowboard
If you are looking to geek out with some statistics related to your riding, this is the app for you. It can measure your speed, distance, elevation, and the calories you burn. It’s like a running or walking app, but custom made for the mountain. It’s great for following your progress as a skier or snowboarded over the course of a season. You can also check how you compare to the average speed snowboarders travel.
If you are a beginner, this is the perfect app for you – it’s like having a ski instructor in your pocket. The app gives you detailed lessons on the fundamentals of skiing that are very easy to follow and understand, as well as advanced techniques for more experienced skiers.
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In The Snow Magazine
If you are a skier or snowboarder, then you probably know about this great magazine. This is the mobile app version of this insightful magazine and website.
Don’t be fooled by the very rudimentary design of the app, it’s actually very high tech and allows you to measure your speed when cutting down the slopes and your longest airtimes when doing high-flying tricks on your board.
This is another hybrid app that has just about everything you can ask for – snow reports, weather reports, the ability to measure your speed, verticals and distance travelled, and great integration with social media websites.
Want to get photos of your killer jumps and treks down the mountain? This is a great app for that. Photograph your action sequences to look like they just came out of a pro skiing or snowboarding mag.
On the Snow’s Gear Guide
Looking to buy new gear? This app is a great guide for finding out about all of the latest boards, skis, boots, and other accessories you’ll need.
Use this app to get incredible photos of your mountainous surroundings. It’s the perfect photo app for getting amazing mountain panoramas that will help you to always remember the view from the top.
This is an integrated app that gives you snow reports and weather condition information, but also full GPS maps for various trails all over the best and most popular ski and snowboarding resorts in North America. However their snocator.com website seems to have been hacked.
Skiing and snowboarding is thrilling enough without technology, but these great smartphone applications can definitely enhance your experience in the snow even further.
I recommend learning about how to listen to music when snowboarding. It changed my riding for the better!