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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

 


It does provide the Google Earth file, email it to yourself.

 

That will show the overlay on the satellite view of the mountain and includes a "Preview" video file that takes you on your ski runs on the mountain.


Yes, it does have the KMZ file which you can use in Google Earth, but that isn't quite the same thing as integrating a resort trail map into the app, so that your 'run' data would show that your second run of the day was on "Andy's Encore" at Copper Mountain, rather than just 'Run 2'.  I have taken the GPX output and uploaded it to my cycling site: RidewithGPS.com, and that works quite well too.  On the map display on RidewithGPS.com site, the lifts at Copper are displayed, but the trail names are not.  Running the KMZ file in preview on Google Earth feels a bit like looking at a NASA flyover animation of some strange planet.  Probably works better when you are in some city where their photographers had some street scenes.

 

The Ski Tracks web site lists their accuracy for most of their data to +/- 5% which I find as reasonable for an app of this nature.

post #32 of 44

I've tried many tracking Apps and SkiTracks is certainly one of the best.  The only downside is it doesn't have "Resort Map integration" which you describe.  The .kmz is a "generic" map file.  For integrated resort run data, you'd need to go with SatSki but its resorts are strictly limited to larger destination resorts.  If yours is one of them, however, it's a great app for a few bucks.

post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

I've tried many tracking Apps and SkiTracks is certainly one of the best.  The only downside is it doesn't have "Resort Map integration" which you describe.  The .kmz is a "generic" map file.  For integrated resort run data, you'd need to go with SatSki but its resorts are strictly limited to larger destination resorts.  If yours is one of them, however, it's a great app for a few bucks.

 

SatSki seems to have checked out.  I have their GPS device and iPhone app and was a big fan but they seem to have disappeared. Their Facebook page where they used to answer questions is now something with LuvTheSnow.com.  They were supposed to have a Mac viewer app a couple years ago but that never happened.  It's like development and support just stopped.

 

Of course what they had was nice and did provide the resort overlay.  It looks like it will still do that.  I might crank up the iPhone app and see what it does.

 

I moved on to SkiTracks since SatSki went dark and, other than the resort overlay, SkiTracks seemed a better program.

post #34 of 44

Ah, good point.  I forgot about that.  I got the SatSki app awhile ago, and when I mentioned it to my wife recently for her iPhone 5, she said she couldn't find it.  SkiTracks definitely gets the nod.  

 

The other options is to see if a particular mountain has their own app.  Many of the larger resorts do, but for those that don't we're out of luck.

 

Perhaps in the not too distant future, the features/abilities we want will mesh, and it'll be commonplace.  Not yet though, it seems.

post #35 of 44

This app is also for Android as well. I used it over a trip two weeks ago and it delivered!  Didnt drain my battery all that much either, and the battery on my Razr generally sucks.  If I just turned data and wifi off and kept only the GPS on, I used it all day and still had a good 30-40% battery life left when we left. We averaged 4.5-5h of ski time for three days. Very cool program, I will definately keep using it

post #36 of 44
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This app is also for Android as well. I used it over a trip two weeks ago and it delivered!  Didnt drain my battery all that much either, and the battery on my Razr generally sucks.  If I just turned data and wifi off and kept only the GPS on, I used it all day and still had a good 30-40% battery life left when we left. We averaged 4.5-5h of ski time for three days. Very cool program, I will definately keep using it

 

On the battery, I use a Mophie which is a combo case and battery.  I put an InvisibleShield on the screen for added protection.  Egrips on the Mophie case for grip with gloves on.  Lots of battery for skiing and fishing apps many of which use GPS. 

post #37 of 44
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

 

On the battery, I use a Mophie which is a combo case and battery.  I put an InvisibleShield on the screen for added protection.  Egrips on the Mophie case for grip with gloves on.  Lots of battery for skiing and fishing apps many of which use GPS. 

 

I wish there was a battery pack like that Mophie for my Razr. I bought it last Jan like 3 weeks before the big battery Razr Max came out. It gets by though, at long as I keep an eye on which services are running.

 

Also along these lines the Ski Tracks has an option to suspend recording at a set battery level. I had mine set to shut down at 30% one day I was on the slopes when I started with all data active. Didnt notice the battery drain until lunch.... But the app shut down when it reached that level and I had enough juice to last until I got back to the car.

post #38 of 44
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Also along these lines the Ski Tracks has an option to suspend recording at a set battery level. I had mine set to shut down at 30% one day I was on the slopes when I started with all data active. Didnt notice the battery drain until lunch.... But the app shut down when it reached that level and I had enough juice to last until I got back to the car.

I'd rather have the phone go belly up vs. lose the recording of part of my day.

 

Garcon! Hold my calls!  I've go voice mail if someone calls while I'm on the slope and my phone is "off".

 

If you've got battery issues, shut everything down, cell network, Wifi, Bluetooth and preserve the battery.

post #39 of 44

No, see thats my point. I accidentally didnt shut everything down and it drained the battery. With all services other than GPS off, it can last a full day 5+ hrs with no problem. Its not the program's fault Im a dummy and forgot to shut off data that one day. I even got most of my recording with it on too, only missed maybe the last 1/4 of a  and it was still over 4 hr

post #40 of 44

There is lots of chat here about integrating the app with resort info. The NAVIONICS SKI app does exactly that. it will give you the names of the lifts and runs you went up and you can even get directions down a hill by run type (Green, blue, Black) to a given spot that you pick on the resort map. Not to mention has weather forecasts from local weather stations. Plus many other features.

post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by skienian View Post
 

There is lots of chat here about integrating the app with resort info. The NAVIONICS SKI app does exactly that. it will give you the names of the lifts and runs you went up and you can even get directions down a hill by run type (Green, blue, Black) to a given spot that you pick on the resort map. Not to mention has weather forecasts from local weather stations. Plus many other features.

 

Great - can't wait until this technology lets people pay even LESS attention to their surroundings while skiing 

 

/Luddite

 

I love technology, but not when it gets in the way of common sense, which seems to be the prevailing trend these days!

 

/Grumpy old man

post #42 of 44

Aragon, you still need to look for the names of the runs and make the turn safely onto the hill. At least your not guessing looking at scrunched up ski map

post #43 of 44

Anyone know the difference between Ski Tracks and Ski Tracks Lite?  Googled around but couldn't find anything other than Lite is free.

post #44 of 44

IIRC,  The lite version only works for a limited number of runs.  Basically it works enough for you to decide if you want to buy it.

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