It is snow season in Australia and that means many people will be heading to the slopes. Whether you ski or snowboard, there are a number of apps for iOS that will bolster your experience. Looking for a resort map? An app to record your time? They are all available. Here are a few of our favourites.
Resorts Tapped LLC
As the title suggests, this app is all about Mount Hotham in North-East Victoria, providing up-to-date reports on which runs are open, snow conditions, weather, and up-to-the-minute lift status information. Using GPS, you can record your runs and log vertical feet and distance, display them on the trail map, and share with friends via email, Facebook or Google Earth. Your recorded runs can also be added to a leaderboard to see how you stack up against other visitors. The app also has a built in directory, events calendar, and lessons and program information.
Core Coders Ltd
The most downloaded and popular ski tracking app on the iPhone, Ski Tracks uses offline GPS, so does not require any data or phone signal – especially useful when travelling abroad. The app records all sorts of information, including distance, duration, speed, slope angle and ski vertical. You can even take photographs that are automatically geo-tagged to your track, and on top of standard Facebook sharing, you can email a file that will show your entire day in 3D on Google Earth. Standard and satellite maps are also included, as are battery-saving measures.
Resorts Tapped LLC
This app sports an identical layout to the Hotham offering from developer Resorts Tapped, but is this time exclusively focused on Mt Buller in Victoria. It provides all the same services such as up-to-date information on which trails are groomed, snow conditions, weather, lift status, and the various recording and sharing functions, along with the directory and service information.
Health & Fitness
Recently voted by Snowboard Magazine as No.1 in best iPhone snow apps, and given a 9 out of 10 by WIRED magazine, the SNOCRU app is a free ski tracking app with a focus on interaction. It allows you to connect with friends on the mountain in real time, and take advantage of Facebook and Twitter connectivity. Of course it also includes ski & snowboard tracking for speed, time, runs, vertical, distance and more.
Defiant Development Pty Ltd
In Ski Safari, players must ski down a mountain, trying to stay ahead of an avalanche that threatens the local mountainsides. The main character, Sven, can use animals and snowmobiles to aid his escape, with each animal and snowmobile providing an advantage to help Sven’s escape. The game works on a ‘level-up’ system, where objectives are completed to earn score multipliers, in an effort to climb up the highscore leaderboard.