Oct 18, 2014
When you head out to the slopes this year, bring your skis and your tablet (or at least your smartphone). When you’re not racing down the hills, you can use the free apps many resorts are now offering as a way to help you make the most of your stay. You can also pick some “off-label” apps that can help you get more out of any vacation.
Offgrid disconnects you from the world. Many people these days are looking for more interaction, more connection. Offgrid offers you less. But, when you’re on vacation, less is more. By pressing a single button, you can block all incoming messages to your smartphone and get back to nature.
You get a detailed report of what you missed while you were away, and an automatic message is sent to would-be time thieves. When you’re ready to enter civilization again, you just shut the app off.
Ski tracks is a mobile app that uses GPS to track your routes, hiking, runs, and elevation. You can fill the app with 14 hours of activity and, when you get home, load up your day and see it displayed in portrait format. ( Image by Helena Normark )
Liftopia’s strength is in its lift ticket discount finder. Browse all of the deals from local or national resorts. You can also get updates about local weather conditions to see if your favorite ski resort is primed for a run. ( Image by reeceevan )
Whistler Blackcomb Mobile App
The Whistler Blackcomb mobile application is offered by Whistler Blackcomb. It features information about hiking trails, summer lift status, bike park trails, and even Whistler Blackcomb lodging – just in case you want to plan a weekend getaway.
The app is free, and focuses primarily on the Alpine and valley, but also gives you insights as to what’s happening there, as there’s access to the webcams right in the app.
Ski and Snow Report
Ski and Snow Report is for powder lovers. This app analyzes the snowfall data of major resorts, not by computer or by aggregating data from resorts, but by hand-fed analytics. That’s right, app staffers post information about snow and weather conditions all day long, so you get inside information about your favorite resort written by people who speak the language and know what to look for and how to assess conditions.
This is the most expensive ski app we’ve found, at $4.99. But it gives you access to 750 interactive topographical resort maps all over the world. You download them to your phone so that you don’t need wi-fi or a signal to access them. There’s a similar version for Android, but it’s not 3D.
This is probably one of the coolest apps out there if you want to explore a resort before booking accommodations or buying a pass. You can check out the slopes, the mountain itself, and the surrounding area.
Some resorts have hiking and bike trails too, and they’re all wrapped up neatly inside iTrailMap.
About the Author
Maria Harder is an avid mountaineer and skier who travels the world looking for the perfect powder. Whenever she has the time, she likes to write about her passion to share it with others. Look for her entertaining and informative posts on many vacation, sports and travel websites today.
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