Five Ski Apps to Check Out This Season


Today is #ExtraMileDay - a time to consider different ways you can push yourself to the next level in your personal, professional or recreational exploits. There are endless ways in which you can mark #ExtraMileDay, but here at Interactive Resorts we're taking a 'ski and tech-centric' approach.  

It's been a while since we last looked into the mountain fitness and safety apps  available to keen skiers and boarders hitting the slopes. Snow has been falling across the Alps and more is on the way, so here are five apps to consider having in your pocket this winter – including some brilliant freebies.  


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Ski & Snow Report

OnTheSnow are one of our go-to places for snow reports and webcams, and they also provide one of the top apps on the market: the Ski & Snow Report app.

Using GPS, you can check which ski resorts close to you have the best conditions, including the current snow depth and the date of the most recent snowfall.  The app supports more than 2,000 ski areas worldwide, and 'powder alerts' can tell you when your favourite resorts get a fresh dump of snow. Plus, you get access to first-hand updates and pics from other skiers on the mountain.

Free download from iTunes App Store or Google Play.
 

Ski Tracks

The award winning Ski Tracks app gives you a run-by-run analysis of your speed, time, altitude, distance travelled and other cool stats as you carve your way down the mountain.

If you clock a personal best on a run, or you hit a velocity that you’re particularly chuffed with, compare it with your mates and see who comes out ahead. The app can track without cellular data or phone signal, and it’s fairly battery friendly, too, so you won’t burn out your phone while you ride.

£0.79 Download from iTunes App Store or Google Play.
 

Trace Snow

Trace Snow (formerly Alpine Replay) offers tracking similar to Ski Tracks with a few extra bells and whistles: the app gives you airtime stats, calories burnt and can sync with a GoPro to automatically edit your footage down to the best bits.

Trace Snow was voted the #1 winter sports app by Men’s Health magazine. A heads up though: unlike Ski Tracks, a wireless or data connection is required for the app to run.  

Free download from iTunes App Store or Google Play.
 


 

Ullr's Mobile Avalanche Safety Tools

If you’re heading off-piste, keeping up-to-date with snow conditions and avalanche warnings can only be a good thing. This app provides the latest avalanche forecasts in your area, including first-hand reports by other users as activity happens.

The app also collects general snow, weather and terrain conditions to keep you in the know, and will alert you when there’s a high avalanche risk.

£6.43 download from iTunes App Store.
 

Alert 5

Whether you’re staying on the marked slopes or heading off-piste, it’s a good idea to be prepared if things go awry, and Alert 5 can be a great addition to your safety kit.

The app allows you to send out an alert if you get in strife, including a map with your exact location. You can manually dispatch an alert to five of your contacts with the push of a button, or you can set up an auto-alert that will go out after a period of inactivity.

Free download from iTunes App Store or Google Play, however there is a yearly subscription fee of £4.99.
 

For more detailed mountain safety tips, check out our full guide here.  You can also check out out blog on the ski fitness app SKIRAD here.

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