Stay connected on the slopes with ski apps that check speed, snow and avalanches

With ski season just around the corner, snow lovers will already be making their plans for this year’s latest holiday and après ski.

Some outdoor enthusiasts will welcome the cold weather in Melbourne.

Some outdoor enthusiasts will welcome the cold weather in Melbourne. Image by taki Lau / CC BY-SA 2.0

No modern holiday it seems however, is fully complete without a few mobile apps to make sure all eventualities are taken care of.

Crystal Ski have just launched a new version of their Ski Explorer, which is updated on a daily basis by staff at various ski resorts around Europe. They offer recommended routes, a tracking app for your own skiing, and a handy locator that shows you where your friends are on the mountain. Localised snow reports can also be accessed, which will tell you whether it’s a day for the slopes or one better spent in the lodges.

Edge Ski is another option for serious skiers and uses inbuilt GPS in smart phones to track the trip downhill, giving average speeds and times, which can be recorded and compared against friends or your own personal best.

Ready for the ski season.

Ready for the ski season. Image by Ridge Tahoe Resort Hotel / CC BY 2.0

SkiPhone is a handy option if a photo opportunity presents itself, and you then find it impossible to get your ski gloves off in time. With the programme running in the background, it is possible to use voice activation and make calls just by shaking the phone up and down.

For photographs and videos, the phone needs to be shaken front to back to bring up the camera although many amateur skiers will be more worried about staying upright than they are about using their mobile.

If the gloves are already off and you are looking for some dramatic skiing pictures, the ActionShot App helps you take bursts of pictures.

At the more advanced end of the scale is Ullr Labs Mobile Avalanche App, which offers live updates on where dangerous snow incidents have already been recorded. Using snow science for slope angles and other weather factors, it can also help predict whether conditions on the slopes in front of you are likely to be dangerous.

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