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Got me my 1st Smart phone, Recommend me a Ski Ap.

post #1 of 19
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I broke down today and got me my first Smart Phone (iPhone 5s)   replacing a perfectly good flip phone that I have had for at least 5 years.  To be honest, I have envied you early adopters with your cool resort and ski aps.  Well now I got me one, and I will be skiing at Breckenridge in Feb. as well as locally and want to be cool like you guys.

 

So recommend me one of your favorite ski aps to help me along.

 

Thanks!

 

Rick G

post #2 of 19

SkiTracks is easily worth the 99 cents I paid even though it usually is low counting vertical and high on top speed. It is hard on battery, especially at place without good Internet coverage. I also use it for hiking and mountain biking to record my route.

post #3 of 19
I confess to not having a single ski app on the smart phone. But I'm also still running ios 5.
Possibly I should post this in the "Ski Luddite" thread.
post #4 of 19

Ski Tracks is the consensus app among my friends.  I never found a free one I liked.

 

BK

post #5 of 19
Alpine replay is a good one too.

Ski report
Ski & Snow
If you have a go pro there's a gopro app as well which controls the camera

iTrailmap is a good one too, it stores a ton of trail maps which is useful if you're new to an area
post #6 of 19

while the idea of gps tracks, max speed, etc is nice... I prefer to still have some battery left after skiing all day in the cold. no apps for me.

post #7 of 19

^^ Same here.  I've used several apps, and they all burn too much battery.   I need to make sure my phone works for work... and other real emergencies.

 

I've got a great gps watch that works fantastic, but I doubt the OP will want to spend the money on it.

post #8 of 19
I got a mophie power case, will keep enough juice in my phone all day.
post #9 of 19
Odd everyone has battery issues with Skitracks. My phone battery sucks(usually have to charge it mid afternoon on a typical day). I used Skitracks on my last colorado trip for all 5 days. Starting with a fresh battery, after 6-7 hours of skiing, the battery was 60-70%. I wasn't using the phone for anything else like music, just a few pictures here and there. I thought that was pretty good, considering it was half as hard on the battery as my normal life.
post #10 of 19
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Odd everyone has battery issues with Skitracks. My phone battery sucks(usually have to charge it mid afternoon on a typical day). I used Skitracks on my last colorado trip for all 5 days. Starting with a fresh battery, after 6-7 hours of skiing, the battery was 60-70%. I wasn't using the phone for anything else like music, just a few pictures here and there. I thought that was pretty good, considering it was half as hard on the battery as my normal life.

 

I would say that you are blessed, my friend.

post #11 of 19

opensnow for snow forecasts

cdot mobile for traffic.

 

Mike

post #12 of 19

Best ski feature for a smart phone is the off button.

post #13 of 19

The thing to note is everything is mobile now and people know they need to support mobile to survive.  But this doesn't mean apps.  
What i mean by that is that any site worth anything tl has a mobile version of the web site.  Plus the latest generation of phones can display regular webpages pretty well too.

 

So the need to have an "app" to have a mobile presence isn't really necessary-especially if you're just looking for information.

Unless you want something specific- you're just fine with the mobile webpage and making yourself a bunch of bookmarks.

 

That being said, if you're skiing any of the vail resorts, might as well download epicmix.


Edited by raytseng - 12/22/14 at 11:53am
post #14 of 19
You could try slopequad.com which @rachelv is a founder of.
post #15 of 19

One thing to note about battery life... it's very temperature dependent. Cold batteries drain very quickly. If you are using your phone, keep it tucked inside as much up against you as you can to keep it warm. 

 

I also turn off my WiFi when using Ski Tracks. If you're at a place with spotty WiFi, constantly searching and connecting/disconnecting will drain your battery as well. (For instance, someplace that doesn't have WiFi on the slopes, but does at the lodge might make your phone connect every time you get close to the lodge, then hunt as you move away.)

 

I've only used Ski Tracks a couple of time, but after 3-4 hours, I usually have about 60% battery left with a little camera/Facebook use too.

post #16 of 19

I used Ski Tracks for the first time at Jackson Hole in early December on my new company issue Iphone 5S.  I had pretty good luck, and the stats are cool for the engineer inside me.  I had plenty of battery left (~50%)  after about 6 hours, and the car charger takes care of the power on the way home.  I can't remember if I had the wifi turned off or not.   Jackson Hole has a free app that does tracking too, but I only used the Ski Tracks.

 

I thought the speed and the vertical were fairly accurate, especially the vertical.  Downloaded the trip into Google Earth, and it was cool looking at my tracks over the summer images.  The Expert chutes in particular look gnarly in the summer.

post #17 of 19

+1, I use ski tracks also except at Whistler where I use their one, and the phone always has more than 50% battery left at the end of the day on both. Just a Standard work Samsung Galaxy. You can set it to stop recording if the battery gets too low anyway so....Just push start and leave it alone until back at the lodge/car.

Numbers seem pretty good, sometimes it gets confused if you go into ski lift buildings etc and loses the GPS but overall is roughly right when going down. Playback of the whole day on the maps screen is good too.

post #18 of 19
I too am a ski tracks fan when it's just me. While this doesn't seem like your situation, I wanted to mention if you are skiing with a group, snocru is a good app so you can see where your "cru" is at and there's a group chat room to plan meet ups. Saves a ton of texting. Also tracks vert, speed, etc. and you can compare/compete with your friends if you choose to.
post #19 of 19

Theodolite.

 

It was written by another user on this site, skier219

 

It is fun for in the resort but best for backcountry. It shows you altitude, aspect, GPS coordinates, and how steep the slope is. It is not a tracker program for speed, laps, etc. 

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