Once the festive fun has died down, lots of people’s attention will turn to the ski season. What better way to get over the post-Christmas blues than to head up into the mountains? With pristine white slopes, outdoor hot-tubs, quaint ski lodges with crackling fires, and more après-ski venues than you can handle, you don’t even need to be a skier to enjoy a break at altitude.
Whether you are planning to hit the slopes for New Year, a mid-winter break, or perhaps you’re planning to spend an entire season in the peaks, make sure you download these Android apps to help you through your holiday.
The first consideration on every skier or snowboarder’s mind should be safety. Sadly, as much fun as the mountains can offer, they also come fraught with danger. Avalanches have claimed countless victims over the years, taking the lives of both novice and experienced skiers alike.
The Mammut Safety app aims to reduce the risk of getting caught in one of nature’s most terrifying events. Designed by Swiss mountaineering specialists, the app’s primary purpose is to give you instant feedback on the avalanche risk in your current location. There is a clinometer to estimate the angle of a slope, as well as a compass and an altimeter to help you assess any danger. It also includes an SOS function that will send your coordinates to the local emergency services should you find yourself caught out.
It’s a must-have app, especially for those who frequently go off-piste.
If you fancy doing something more physically demanding whilst on the slopes, you might want to try your hand at cross-country skiing.
The XC Ski School app will teach you all the basics with a 21-part video tutorial by veteran ski instructor, Emily Wexler. Lessons covered include equipment, how to fall, how to climb hills, and using your poles effectively. The app lets you download the videos directly onto your phone so you can refer to them whilst you’re out in the mountains and away from signal.
Trail guides provided by resorts are never very practical — they get wet, disintegrate, and are cumbersome to use in high winds. Instead, try using your phone as your local guide with the Ski TrailMaps app.
It gives you access to more than 1,000 trail maps from ski destinations around the world. They are all downloadable so you never need to worry about signal, and they also include advanced features such as on-piste webcams, weather forecasts and snow reports.
Locales covered include thirty six US states, ten Canadian provinces, fourteen European countries, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.
OnTheSnow is the world’s leading website for ski and snow conditions. Their app — OnTheSnow Ski & Snow Report — is the most-downloaded ski and snowboard application in the Play Store.
Aside from snow reports for in excess of 2,000 destinations worldwide, the app’s key feature is the first hand reports from users on the slopes – making sure that you have exact knowledge about which runs are in good condition, which are closed, and which are quiet.
The app also includes deals and discounts from hotels, equipment reviews, trail maps, and a newsfeed.
Ski Tracks featured as one of our must-have Android apps for sport lovers — that’s how good it is. If you’re interested in the metrics of your ski holiday — data such as speed, altitude, times, locations, distances, slope gradients, etc — you need to have this app on your phone.
It’s easy to use and can run in your pocket all day without any user input. It can record up to twenty hours on a single charge, it lets you geo-tag photos for a complete visual memory of your day, and it lets you easily share your records on social media.
Most importantly for a day in the mountains — it doesn’t need network signal to operate.
One of the best things about skiing is the breath-taking vistas that you’ll encounter from the tops of the mountains. Undoubtedly, you’ll want to capture some of these for posterity – but that’s often easier said than done. If you’re wearing two pairs of gloves, it’s difficult snap the perfect picture without dropping either them or your phone. Even if you manage it, you’ll end up with very cold hands.
Ski Phone – Hands-free Camera offers a solution. Simple shake your phone to activate voice commands, answer a call, or take a picture. It means more photos and warmer hands — both of which are a good thing!
If you’re a stuntman on skis, this is the app for you.
Aimed primarily at skiers and snowboarders who like getting airtime, Trace Snow Ski Snowboard Track will measure how high your jumps were, how long your jumps were, and how much time you spent in the air. Once you’re back in your hotel you can replay all your stunts in 3D, then use Facebook and Twitter to share them with friends.
The app is so popular it’s now the official app for several world class resorts and events, including Steamboat, Mt. Tremblant, Snowshoe, Blue Mountain, China Peak, Mont-Sainte-Anne, and Canaan.
Looking out from the top of the highest mountain in the resort and curious how high you are? Curious to know the difference in height between the top and bottom of a particular run?
Developed in the Austrian Alps, Get Altitude will give you elevation data of any place at any time. By using your coordinates it claims to be more accurate than GPS, and it doesn’t even need your GPS to be enabled in order to function.
Back home and missing the slopes? Try this game to ease your pain.
Ski Challenge is a downhill skiing racing game. It features ten real-world downhill courses including Beaver Creek, Groden, Bormio, Wengen, Kitzbuhel, and Garmisch — and it lets you compete in tournaments and World Cups in a bid to become the next Ski Challenge champion.
The game is highly customisable, with the ability to design your own skis and tweak your helmet, gloves, poles and other gear. It also includes extensive online play, with a way to challenge your friends or random players.
Which apps do you rely on when you’re in the mountains? Have you used any of our recommendations? Are there any iPhone ski apps that you wish were on Android?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.