Are you looking to enhance your experience of skiing in the great outdoors? Yes, there’s even an app for that.
Your smartphone puts the world at your fingertips, and that includes while you’re on the slopes. Can’t find your car in the parking lot? there’s an app for that.
What to know your speed while racing down your favorite run, and know the vertical drop? There are apps for that, too.
Need to locate your friends on the slopes, or in the lodge? Unbelievably, you do can that on an app, too.
Here are some of the latest apps we’ve found geared to skiers and riders:
Find My Friends
Let’s say you’re going down the trail and you go left and your friend goes right. Now you don’t have to make plans to “meet at the car” in case you get separated. This app uses GPS to help you track them so you’ll know if they’ve taken a left or right turn or if they’re waiting for you at the lodge.
This is an augmented reality app that grabs information from your phone’s compass, camera and GPS to track your location on the mountain in real time. Take pictures of trails names or lifts to find yourself. The app displays trails and their difficulty, locations of the nearest restrooms and, as an added bonus, you can mark the location of your car on the map so that you won’t have to wander around the parking lot clicking your keys. The app costs .99 cents and links to your preferred mountain.
Liftopia is the perfect app for people looking to ski on the cheap. This app searches for the best discounted tickets at over 150 ski areas in the US from Alaska to North Carolina all the way to mountains in Europe, South America and even Australia.
If you’re the competitive type, here’s an app for you. Alpine relay tracks your vertical feet, maximum speed, and even clocks your time on the chairlift. Then, you can read your stats right there on the slope, or login online to track your stats throughout the season, compare with friends, push to social media sites and replay the runs in 3D.
Ski and Snow Report
This handy app provides the location and conditions of local mountains, including up-to date temperatures, snowfall rates, and access to local web cams.
Route 802 apps
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our own apps that feature guides of what to do at several of the state’s ski resorts. Route 802 (the number refers to Vermont’s single area code) is a network of mobile apps across the state that features restaurant and lodging listings, family activities, professional services (for the electrical, mechanical, plumbing or heating issues you may have) at many of the state’s southern resorts and Stowe. The list includes the Killington App, All Aboard Rutland, Okemo App, Mount Snow 360, Middlebury Mobile, Unlost Stowe and Burlap in Burlington. More apps covering other state ski resorts and communities are in progress. All apps are loaded with business profiles and contacts. Just tap the name of a restaurant or lodging, for example, and it’ll send you right to reservations. Check out the features at Route 802.