Before you head out on one of our budget ski holidays, why not take a look and see what array of handy apps you can download on your smartphone? It’s 2017, so it’s perfectly acceptable to stay ‘connected’, and what’s more, some of the apps can give you some really cool information that you can check out once you’ve arrived at après!
As they say, ‘there’s an app for that’, so the apps we've included here are helpful for anyone who’s keen to find everything from tracking everyone’s location, or keeping an eye on the vertical feet you’ve climbed, and more.
Take a look and see what ski/snowboard apps you’ll be downloading next:
Ski Tracks is a really handy mobile GPS app that gives you the ability to track your runs, routes, and elevation from first lifts, until you make the last run down the mountain (probably after après).
With more than 14 hours of storage available, there’s actually no chance of most skiers and snowboarders exceeding the limit, unless you’re hitting the night runs! One of the best features of the app is that you can upload your day’s data onto your computer and you get a rundown of your day on a nice little portrait. Cool, eh?
This app was designed for the outdoorsy types who find it hard to disconnect from the digital world. To overcome this issue, once you’ve downloaded the app to your phone, a single push of a button allows OFFGRID to block all incoming messages to your smartphone. Think of it as a kind of firewall to keep you focused on your activity. You can surpass the block with some exceptions, while an automatic reply lets your friends who are trying to get in touch with you know you’re out doing your thing. Offering a report detailing what you’ve missed while you were out, OFFGRID is for people who want to enjoy some time away from being connected.
Liftopia conveniently brings local snow and ski reports to your phone, so you can check out the powder situation. Aside from this, we’d say its best feature comes in the form of the lift ticket discount finder. You can scan the updated selection of deals from your favourite mountain’s ticket windows – amazing! This means that you can source out that great deal and suddenly that dream run of yours is now costs you less than you first budgeted for.
If you want to play about on the slopes and try something that most people have not done on the mountain before, then get them to download the Kinomap Maker app. This is a geocaching-style app which allows you to record videos at specific geographic locations and using your phone’s GPS, store the video at that certain location. Once recorded, it’s then put onto Google Maps (publicly or privately) to be discovered by those who travel there using the app next. This one’s a pretty good idea if you’re taking the groms out with you, or you have friends who need to be kept occupied!
The Ski and Snow Report app tracks your location and displays ski and snow reports in the surrounding mountains. You can get this one for free, and the app is really good for the info it provides, which includes; lifts open & lifts closed, fresh snow, snow base, trail maps, and mountain webcams. This is a handy app for those of you who struggle with your wardrobe in the mornings and don’t know whether to wear the tech jacket or the one for those cold mornings hitting the runs under the trees.
We have a wonderful range of affordable ski holidays in Les Arcs, Serre Chevalier, Tignes and Bovec to choose from, so the only question now is, which resort will you be trying the apps in?
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