Imagine a world where piste maps are only a touch of a screen away, or a world where the latest snow reports are at your mercy. Or dare we think of a world where you can navigate from one resort location to another, using satellite navigation. Well snow-lovers, that world is now here. With the furore surrounding the imminent launch of Google’s Nexus One mobile phone, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best ski apps on it’s fledgeling operating system, Android.
iSki Trail Maps
iSki Trail Maps is essentially an app which stores trail maps in one place. Boasting an impressive 400 ski resorts, the maps have been resized and made “finger-friendly” for your android deveice – vital for when you have gloves on. The maps are actually stored on your mobile phone once downloaded, so pulling up a map should be pretty snappy. This will also save on data roaming charges, which internationally, are very steep. Navigating your way to a resort map can be done by clicking through to a ski area (trail maps for ski areas are grouped together) or by using the search bar. Each map also contains a link to the resort phone number – handy if you need help.
If you’re a frequent skier who travels to many resorts, then this app is essential as you’ll never need to carry another map ever again.
Android Ski Report
Ski Report is pretty much self-explanatory – it provides you with ski weather information, but only in selected resorts. At the moment, ski weather reports are only available for resorts in Washington, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Montana. However, the developers claim that the application is capable of supporting more resorts worldwide, but this depends on whether other resorts are willing to provide the weather data. Despite this current drawback, those who seek weather information for resort in North America are provided with a decent amount of information. The app currently provides snow depths, daily snowfall, temperature and wind speed, as well as a lovely little weather icon for visual respresentation. Although this application is free and in ongoing development, data charges may apply if used abroad. Download it for free at google code
satsports claim Satski is set to revolutionise your skiing holiday. It’s deep, extensive feature list goes some way to backing up that bold claim. Not only does Satski includes some of the functionality featured in the above apps, such as resort maps, resort information and weather reports, but it also contains some very useful features.
Using your mobile phone’s GPS, Satski can plot a route for you in real time – very handy if you need directions to a bar/restaurant or if you get lost. The software also utilises GPS to measure stats such as the terrain you’ve covered, altitude and speed. But the most important feature of this package is one you’ll hopefully never use. If in the unfortunate event you become lost, Satski’s SOS feature will resort rescue services with your coordinates and your mobile number. Satsports provide 3 price points for Satski on Android – Bronze (1 resort map for 2 weeks,) for £5.99, silver (1 resort, 12 months) for £9 or gold (unlimited number of resorts worldwide for 12 months) for £10.99. Also available on Windows Mobile