Apps for your ski holiday
With the mountains calling us, chalets are flying off the shelves, holidays are being planned & seasonaires are gearing up for their unique brand of work. We're all planning to get the best from our time, making sure we've got all our gear in order. In today's world that includes the gadgets, the media & of course, the apps!
We've tried and tested loads of apps & bring you our "must have" apps for the 2013/14 winter ski season. Whether you’re heading out for a season, an instructor course, or a family ski holiday try these and maximise your mountain experience both off and on the piste!
Tracking the action! Apps that record your piste performance.
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 a 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? First 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 give you more enjoyment whilst out on holiday. With recommendations on the best places to go, giving perks and discounts, helping book activities and giving you practical tips round the resort, Tripster Ski is your No.1 tour guide round the mountains.