Updated from our previous post on the best iPhone apps, things have inevitably moved on for this season. Augmented reality on the slopes to ski school from your armchair, here are our five favourite ski apps for your iPhone for 2011/12
Whilst the REALSKI app is limited to North America, it does redeem itself by being free-of-charge, and totally awesome. The first augmented reality app for ski resorts uses the phone’s compass, camera, and GPS features to overlay ski runs and key points of interest. To use it you point your phone like a camera, and lift names, slopes, facilities, and activities pop up over your iPhone’s live camera view. A slope’s name and skill level (green, blue etc), as well as directional heading are all displayed, reducing the chance of you getting lost. If you take photos within the app you can upload and share them via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or via email. To get the app, click here.
2. iTrailMap 3D
The iTrailMap 3D app has many features to it, including a 3D image of the mountain you are on, and your location on it. Once a resort’s maps are downloaded, you can pan, zoom, and rotate a 3D image or paper map of over 750 international resorts currently available. This means not only no hanging around with freezing fingers waiting for a map to load, but also finding a slope or lift is far quicker! Once downloaded, no network or internet coverage is required to use the GPS location on a map. The app can be used by skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, and hikers alike to record routes, and upload them to the internet, to record vertical feet, and also distance skied/walked etc. The iTrailMap 3D app can be purchased through iTunes here.
3. Ski School Advanced
As the name suggests, the Ski School Advanced app is designed to improve your skiing. The app is available at other levels too, each combine video ski lessons with movement analysis technology. Basically, you watch a video tutorial at the beginning of the day, or on the chair lift, and then practise the particular action. You can then (device permitting), video yourself and your instructor performing the action. Split screen video analysis then allows you to compare the two, and adjust accordingly. Drawing on the screen is also possible, and useful for highlighting points. Videos can then be shared on social media. It’s a nice way to record your progress, and to share with others. For full details, click here.
4. The Snowbird
If you are lucky enough to be heading to Utah, this free-of-charge app is a must. The Snowbird app proves to be an all-round point of information. It provides live weather forecasts, snow conditions – such as snowfall and snow depth, and the number of slopes and lifts that are open. A twitter feed from the mountain gives you real-time updates, and you also can see web feeds from on-mountain cameras. Trail maps, current road conditions, and directions to Snowbird from your current location are also featured. You can also see other users’ pictures in the photo stream, or even contribute your own using your device’s camera, or choosing an existing image from the Camera Roll. To get The Snowbird app, click here.
Designed to let you rate your skiing/riding skills, the snowEdge app tracks your runs, and shows your progress. The app monitors your speed, acceleration, ski time, total distance, and air time. Your performance index (the higher, the better) is based on accelerometer measurements, assuming that going faster, making more dynamic turns, and catching air equate to a ‘better’ skier. Ideal for the super competitive, you can compare scores with fellow skiers. There is a technical explanation of how the performance indexing works, for that and to download the snowEdge app for free, click here.
So that’s our top 5! If you have other apps that have been particularly useful, fun, or otherwise worth a mention, please get in touch – you can leave a comment below or visit our facebook page and join in the discussion there.
This post was written by Tess Bowles from Crystal Ski