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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I found an application which was developed for Blackberry which allows you to record your ski runs and view current location on the trail map. I had seen the Jackson Hole application for iPhone but this is the first one I have seen that works on the Blackberry. I bought it (5 maps) for 9.99... Looks pretty nice but will not be able to try out until Dec 25 =) www.berryski.com/main/allproducts
post #2 of 26
See - this is why I'm really hoping for some kind of catastrophy that will make all the satellites fall from the sky and cast civilization back into the dark ages.
post #3 of 26
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See - this is why I'm really hoping for some kind of catastrophy that will make all the satellites fall from the sky and cast civilization back into the dark ages.

Yep--I understand that sentiment.
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
Not the sentiment that I was expecting. I am quite happy to keep the satellites up there =) Its not like the application effects other skiers so I don't understand what the problem is?
post #5 of 26
 I've had fun logging runs the last few days.  Had some trouble with the app at first, the developer was really good about spending time solving my problem and checking back to make sure it was performing well.  My friend Dave Miller logged 40,000 vert on the WROD on opening day!  I think I did 20,000.  I also have a free speedometer app.  It showed max speed of 36mph yesterday morning during a tele clinic.  I really didn't think I was going that fast in the clinic
post #6 of 26
I thought about this for my black berry also, and then said, i think we should just enjoy the mountains. I hate cell phones or BBs at ski areas.  Just takes a way from the expereince.

Sorta like guys who smoke at the beach.
post #7 of 26
I've been interested in these apps...mostly for total Vertical Ft and top Speed.  Would like to hear how it works out for you.


I mean can you just turn it on, put it in your pocked and leave it until your done skiing.  I don't want to have to deal with it.


I have a BBerry and a Palm Pre.
post #8 of 26
 JoeBu,  you just need to start the app and start the tracking. I usually put it in the background.
post #9 of 26
I think that might be useful the first time you visit a resort, or if you are lost.



For outright making the most out of your ski day, here's an even better utility that I've found to use while skiing or riding the lifts.  And, it is available on all iPhones, Droids, Blackberrys, and just about every carrier provided phone.


It is called.....................................



"OFF"

Plase turn you phones and other gadgets off when riding the lifts or skiing with me.  It's OK to pull off to the side at the top of the lift and return a call if absolutely necessary, but put that damn thing away in the lift lines, on the lift, etc unless you are a ski patrol responding to an emergency.

Thanks!




Haven't had a cell phone no cell phones argument yet this season have we?
post #10 of 26
There are a bunch of apps for Android phones that log vertical feet, distance travelled, speed, etc. The one I use is called Phresheez. And as far as the cell phone/no cell phone argument, I'm not using it to function as a phone. It gives me data that I check when I'm in the lodge.
post #11 of 26
@crgildart:  I have almost  always inadvertantly used the "Off" app too on the mountains. I never get the signal there.
I have to confess I am a BerryAddict(just like Obama!!!) and love trying out apps :)

I am going to give BerrySki a run this weekend. Let's see if it survives my test.
Their support girl/guy sent me a long pitch of how it will improve my skiing but what really caught my eye "You don't need internet".
post #12 of 26
@crgildart:  I have almost  always inadvertantly used the "Off" app too on the mountains. I never get the signal there.
I have to confess I am a BerryAddict(just like Obama!!!) and love trying out apps :)

I am going to give BerrySki a run this weekend. Let's see if it survives my test.
Their support girl/guy sent me a long pitch of how it will improve my skiing but what really caught my eye "You don't need internet".
post #13 of 26
@crgildart:  I have almost  always inadvertantly used the "Off" app too on the mountains. I never get the signal there.
I have to confess I am a BerryAddict(just like Obama!!!) and love trying out apps :)

I am going to give BerrySki a run this weekend. Let's see if it survives my test.
Their support girl/guy sent me a long pitch of how it will improve my skiing but what really caught my eye "You don't need internet".
post #14 of 26
Sorry i got some error and clicked submit multiple times.  Didn't mean to spam this forum.
Is there some way I can delete older messages?
post #15 of 26
Sorry...my son checked himself out of ski school the first day they let snowboards at Taos. He was 8 at the time. He has a phone now and so do I.....
I spent about an hour or two in hell, starting when the woman at the school said "You already came to pick him up!" We had canine units out looking for him-called out from Las Animas Co. We had ski patrol looking for him. Turns out he found our rental truck in a parking lot filled with about 5000 cars and was waiting for us there....
post #16 of 26
I was really excited when I followed your link and immediately purchased the map for my mountain.  The next day I was out and went to use it.  That's when I discovered that Verizon doesn't support GPS on my phone (Curve) even though there's clearly a GPS setting in my Options.  The developer gave me a refund, but also mentioned it was covered in the FAQ.  Stupid Verizon.
post #17 of 26
Yup, Verizon sucks!!
I recently upgraded to  Storm2. Initially the app didn't work for me. I contacted the dev. and she/he told me how to enable it.
I am an amateur ski racer.  So far its been working ok  for me tracking my progress as I do the same run multiple times.
My carpool buddy has a GPS watch for which, he says he paid a lot of dough. He is also planning to get it before we hit the slopes this weekend.
post #18 of 26
If you think Verizon sucks, try Sprint!
But, I noticed, the app does work for you on your phone with your service provider so Verizon probably doesn't suck that bad
post #19 of 26
I don't understand why Verizon blocks gps on older versions and on bold. They allow it on all touch devices(Storm and Google Droid). 
Its just plain silly. 
post #20 of 26
I don't actually use any of these features. Still find this whole business of Verizon blocking this or that feature that comes with the phone quite irritating.

While I like their extensive coverage, I hate the way they dictate what their subscriber can or can not do with the phone.
post #21 of 26
as far as blocking the GPS on those devices....verizon was no more guilty than sprint/alltel/uscellular, the 8330 said it was GPS Capable, meaning it had an assisted GPS chip, it required something like telenav or another telemetry based app to help the GPS get a lock, the storm 9530, 9550, and tour 9630 all have standalone GPS in addition to assisted GPS.... as far as this app goes, I'd love to try it out, but, the place I'm going in a couple weeks isn't on it, I'm headed to angelfire, friends are going to taos so they could pull it off but I can't.... that makes me sad :(
post #22 of 26

Just going thru these post as I am trying to decide which verizon service phone to get: Motorola Android or Blackberry.  After doing some research I am now leaning to the Droid but still not sold on it.  I am really interested in the GPS features and the ability to datalog my west coast trips.  I thought that all GPS units were the same but by reading these posts I see I am wrong.  Luckily I have some time before I purchase, I would like to have a new phone by next winter.  I was looking at one of the apps called satski....has anyone tried this app yet?

 

Originally I was looking at the blackberry because of berryski but I see the droid online speed has given other thoughts.

post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 

After using Berryski last year I was pretty impressed, but found it rather annoying to have to get my phone out (blackberry keys are impossible with gloves on). This year I have have given up on using my phone and will use my Garmin GPS watch. Then using Sport Tracks I can overlay my track with NASA elevation data I see interesting metrics. The watch I have is the Forerunner 305 (which I really use for running) but should work great while skiing. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142&pID=349

post #24 of 26


jms02k,

 

Whoa, you are way ahead of me with technology! So here is my question:  Is there any GPS app available now at a reasonable cost that would allow me to "track" where another party is skiing without having to call them (like a friend who wakes up late on a powder day, or a kid in a ski school class)?


 

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Originally Posted by jms02k View Post

After using Berryski last year I was pretty impressed, but found it rather annoying to have to get my phone out (blackberry keys are impossible with gloves on). This year I have have given up on using my phone and will use my Garmin GPS watch. Then using Sport Tracks I can overlay my track with NASA elevation data I see interesting metrics. The watch I have is the Forerunner 305 (which I really use for running) but should work great while skiing. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142&pID=349

post #25 of 26
Thread Starter 

Interesting question, I know there are tools that can do this if they have GPS enabled on their cell phone. Glympse is one:

http://cellphonetrackers.org/best-free-cell-phone-tracker-software-glympse.html

 

Additionally there are gps devices that a person can wear so that you can track them. They are used in marathons etc, so you can track a race participant. I don't think this is realistic however unless you have a bunch of money to spend.

post #26 of 26

Jer - I love your reply. To me skiing is all about enjoying nature and the sport of challenge.

 

However, a phone app that tracks max speed and verical skied appeals to this old (59 year od!) skier.

We have come a long way from cable and long thong bindings and some (repeat: some) tech advances are pretty cool...

 

I love my 14m Volant Genesis skis - and they exemplify the difference from the 205 cm Fisher Alu skis I used to zoom on in the late 60's...


Edited by bosrocker51 - 12/4/10 at 2:22pm
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