My favorite new smartphone app this season is the one that communicates directly with my socks. (There’s a sentence I never imagined I’d ever write). Beyond dialing in the warmth of my toes from my fingertips, however, the app does little else to enhance my daily skiing experience.
Skiers and riders are looking for more functionality from their apps these days, and developers are delivering. Tracking, analysis, navigation, coaching, socialization, weather, safety, news and information … there are apps for all of it. Here are some of the most popular, but note, while many are free to download and use, premium subscriptions often are required to unlock their most advanced features.
Slopes: GPS tracking delivers customized snow reports and digital maps, while also automatically detecting the lifts and runs you take all day long. Browse for the most up-to-date crowdsourced conditions reports, and add your friends to compete throughout the season for bragging rights on performance stats like number of ski days, runs, vertical, top speed and more. Opt in for live location sharing to see where you and your friends are on the mountain throughout the day.
OntheSnow: One of the world’s most downloaded snowsports apps, OntheSnow accesses snow reports from more than 2,000 mountains worldwide. Customize your screen to track and compare snowfall totals from your favorite destinations, view and upload firsthand reports and photos, and check out the webcams and weather forecasts. Set a powder alert to receive a notification when your favorite resort is getting hammered.