If you live anywhere near a mountain and a cold climate, there’s a good chance that you or someone you know loves to hit the slopes whenever they can. And whether you ski or snowboard, there are plenty of places across the country where you can get your snow fix.
With today’s mobile devices, why not take advantage of the technology and use a few mobile apps to help make your ski adventures easier to plan and more adventurous? There are tons of apps out there that can help anyone have more fun once the flakes start flying Here are a few apps that may be just the thing you need to make you skiing and snowboarding time more enjoyable.
Weather Live Free
If you want to get out on the slopes, then you need to know if the conditions are right: there’s nothing worse than waking up on the day you expect to ski to find a sudden hot spell has turned the snow into slush.
This app will help keep you in the know when it comes to the weather. Along with the standard weather information like temperature, “feels like” temperature, precipitation, humidity and wind speed and direction, Weather Live Free gives you a seven-day outlook so you can plan ahead anytime during the week. There’s also an up-to-the-minute weather radar so you can keep an eye on those fronts that may signal great snow.
You can enable the apps widget as well, so you can get all the information you want right on your home screen. You can click here to find out more about this informative app.
Whether you ski cross country or downhill, or prefer the fun of snowboarding, there’s a great chance you’d like to know everything you can about your favorite runs.
This app can give you all of the information about your runs you need. If you have it enabled during your runs, it will collect pertinent statistics like the total distance of the run, the altitude and your speed. You can then analyze your statistics and find common threads between them so you can see what types of runs you prefer or are best at.
Ski Tracks does use contour lines on its maps, so it may take some getting used to. Once you understand, though, it’s a great way to keep track of your run stats.
Mammut Safety App
This app, designed by Swiss mountaineers, is designed to help you avoid on of the most dangerous skiing risks of all: avalanches.
The app will notify you if you are in areas of avalanche risk, and will give you pointers on how to avoid getting caught and what to do if you are caught in an avalanche. In case of emergency, it will also use the GPS in your phone to contact rescue workers and give them your location.
Next time you hit the slopes, try using one of these apps.
Maisie Finch has worked in the travel industry for a number of years, working in both hot climates and cold. She writes about travel in her online articles.