When you can’t be on the real slopes, being there virtually is the next best thing. To get a taste of the mountains, check out some of our favourite app games for your phone. Bonus points if you wear your ski gear while playing…
Malcolm: ‘Think Sonic the Hedgehog on skis. This speedy, side-scrolling game sees you race along a course collecting coins, avoiding rocks and attempting to stay upright. Whilst many ski games have fiddly controls, this one opts for simplicity – just tap to speed up and slow down, and tilt your phone to land jumps. That said, the levels soon become fiendishly tricky, making it all the more satisfying when you pass the chequered flag. One warning, you do have to sit through the occasional ad.’
Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey
Tony: ‘Alto’s Adventure is one that can’t be left out, and it was followed up with Alto’s Odyssey. Alto’s Adventure is a simple, smooth and beautiful downhill skiing game, and Alto’s Odyssey is more of the same only bigger and with some additional challenges thrown in. Both are a great way to sit back, relax and unwind while dreaming of the snow.’
Grand Mountain Adventure
Bonnie: ‘I really like Grand Mountain Adventure. It did take me a few attempts to get the hang of the controls, as they’re a little sensitive, but once I got going, it was really fun! It has off-piste as well as groomed runs, so you can pretty much ski where you want to. I found it very therapeutic, and at some points, I was so focused on making the turns that I forgot that it stops when you get to the bottom and you have to get the lift back up. I’ve only managed the first map so far but I’ll keep going until I can get onto some real slopes next winter!’
Alpine Ski III
Courtney: ‘This is a really simple idea but it’s harder than it sounds and is super addictive. You have to ski down a slope and tilt your phone to move from side to side to avoid crashing into the fences or trees. And you can tap and hold the screen to go faster and make it even more difficult. There are twelve levels in total and the further you go, the narrower the runs get and the more obstacles you have to dodge. There are also torchlit runs and you even get chased by bears at one point! I love it because it doesn’t take much brain power but it’s a good distraction. And the background sounds of wind and your skis swooshing through the snow let you pretend you’re actually on the mountain.’
Snowparty World Tour
Joe: ‘Play as a snowboarder and try your hand at freestyle, half pipes, big air and more, racking up the biggest scores possible. It comes complete with gnarly tricks and enough steez to keep you nailing the big air combos all day long. Classic character trait upgrades, customisations and level unlocks make it a decent challenge from the get-go. It’s good enough without buying the full game upgrade, and the ads aren’t that annoyingly frequent.’
Ready to show off your virtual slope skills? Game on.
Or start planning your next ski holiday to get the real thing.