TheStreet: Top 5 Apps for Skiers and Boarders
12/11/2012 by Katie Roof
NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Winter's coming up. Snow is falling. You know what that means...it's time to hit the slopes!
The sport is as old as the mountains. OK, not quite. But skiing was documented as early as 5000 B.C.
Thankfully, there's no need to use wooden skis anymore. The 1900s saw great improvements in ski technology. But the 2000s have brought about a different type of ski technology. We now have skiing apps.
So put on your touchscreen gloves. There's no need to freeze your fingers. From mobile maps to speed tracking, check out these 5 ski apps before you plant your pole.
REI Snow Report
It's an age old question. Where are you going to find the best powder?
REI Snow Report provides the answer. Use the app determine the conditions at your favorite resorts. Webcams give you a first hand look at the weather situation. Check out the snow on the peak and also get a peek at those lines.
You won't get lost if you use the app. Load the trail maps before you make your way down the mountain.
REI Snow Report tells me there are 15 lifts open at Whistler...What are you waiting for?
The free app is compatible with Apple (AAPL) iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is also available for Android.
You've researched which mountains have the best powder, but where can you find the best deal? Lift tickets can be expensive.
Use location-based app Liftopia to find discounts on the mountains closest to you. The app also provides driving directions. Liftopia tells me you can get two tickets at Plattekill Mountain in the western Catskills for 72% off. Use the app to purchase tickets at $27 a head!
Bookmark 'mountains' in the favorites section. One of these days Aspen will have a deal.
The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Before you hit the slopes, make sure you know what you're doing. SkiTips offers instruction for different ability levels.
Whether you're still learning to snow plow or you're a regular on black diamonds, SkiTips provides helpful video tutorials.
If you're a green circle skier and you find yourself on a blue, you'll be glad you learned how to side slip your way down. Or break "bad habits," with the instructions on improving your stance and turns. Most importantly, learn how to stay in control.
After mastering the lessons on this app, you'll be headed down the back bowls at Vail in no time!
The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. It is also available for Google's (GOOG) Android operating system.
SPLIT Multisport GPS
Now that you're an expert skier, track how fast you're going. You know you made it down kt-22 at Squaw in record time. Split will verify that.
Use Split to set goals and track your performance. You are so much faster than last season. You can also use the app to create a music playlist that gets you going.
Just how high was that mountain exactly? Split will tell you your elevation. Shoot photos and video and share it with your friends. Make sure everyone knows what a speed demon you are. This app is suitable for boarders as well.
The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later.
You look like a serious skier with those Oakley goggles on. But have you checked out the app?
Oakley's Airwave app is perfect for hitting the mountain with friends. Enable GPS "buddy tracking" to tell everyone where you are. It's not your fault you got separated. They just can't keep up.
Not only does the app tell you how fast and how far you're going, it also counts jumps. Sync the app with your Oakley Airwave HUD goggles and you'll even know when you got "major air." View the results through your lenses.
The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.1 or later. It is available for Android as well.
--Written by Katie Roof in New York.