For many of us, skiing is about leaving the cities and the screens behind and getting back to nature. The powdery slopes, the mountainous peaks, that reddening of your nose and cheeks from the cool wind and warm sun. However, more and more skiers are realising that the best of modern technology can help them up their game on the slopes and keep them safe. |
I’ve been through the most popular ski apps available and now bring you the best of the bunch. Read on and then get ‘appy!
Go Pro Capture
This free download is a holiday necessity. Step one, get a Go Pro; your holiday snaps will never be boring! Next, with this app, you can easily view your footage from the day and share on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with just a few taps. Your device can also act as a remote control for the GoPro – perfect for group shots!
All keen skiers will know that familiar ache at the end of a good day. Here’s a game-changer. If you’ve not been on the slopes in a while, or just want to get in shape, this ski app is perfect. SkiFit offers a video-based, 8-week training programme for skiers of all abilities with one-hour workouts designed to prevent injuries and improve your skiing performance.
You access these activities on your computer, phone or tablet and they don’t need fancy equipment. Best of all? It’s free!
Another great, free ski app, Fatmap, uses modern tech to allow you to navigate common skiing routes as 3D maps. Using GPS and high-res satellite images, you can look at the slopes from any perspective. You can feel confident in your routes and learn more about the geography of the areas you love.
For the tech nerds out there, the premium version (from £4.99) includes features such as heat mapping, ultra HD satellite imagery and avalanche risk zones.
Cheap and cheerful at £3.99, this app provides easy-to-follow snowboard lessons in video format. Learn from the best as these tutorials are planned and presented by the Olympic medallist Mathieu Bozzetto.
Ullr’s Mobile Avalanche Safety Tools
Ski apps can be fun to play around with but they can also keep us safe. MAST brings together lots of useful resources (GPS, camera, clinometer, compass etc.) so that you can review and report on conditions, receive warnings, download the current avalanche forecasts, learn about snow science, and more.
MAST is more expensive than other applications at £9.99, but safety on the slopes is priceless.
If you’re a driver you can set up a profile on this ski app and offer lifts. If you need a ride you can find a driver. Simple. If you like making friends, GoSnow enables its users to set up and join events.
These clever ski apps will help you make the most of your ski season wherever you are in the world!
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for the best skiing in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley for a chance to use the latest ski apps, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.
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