Cool Tech Gift Ideas for Skiers and Riders
Seems nearly everyone has a smart phone now, so it makes a bunch of sense that there would be numerous apps for skier and riders. Everyone I know would love to get first tracks on any given weekend during the season, and having a tool that gives you up-to-the-minute weather and resort data is definitely a bonus. Here is a breakdown of the top snow and weather apps for all of you
storm chasers and data freaks.
REI Snow Report App
The outdoor equipment retailer REI has definitely expanded their horizons with this app that provides info on base depths, snowfall projections, weather forecasts, trail reports, web cams images, and resort tweets. Covers resorts from the US, Canada, Europe, South America, and other exotic skiing locales that most of us will never get a chance to visit.
AccuWeather.com iPhone App
One of the top weather reporting websites also has an app, and it is just as detailed. Use it to check out detailed forecasts, animated satellite/radar images, 15 day local forecasts, and 15 hours of hourly weather forecasts.
OntheSnow iPhone App
OntheSnow has been the go-to site for resort information, and their iPhone app makes getting the details even easier. Users can access important resort information such as lift status, surface conditions, base depth, and the all-important new snow received data.
Ski and Snow Report App
This unique app provides access to live resort webcams, as well as detailing which resorts received the most new snow. The biggest plus for this app is the user’s ability to view and post real-time reports while on the mountain.
Alpine Replay Ski and Snowboard
For the real data junkies out there, this one is for you. With this app, you can track your vertical, speed, calorie burn, lift ride time, and runs taken. Plus, you can log into the main website and measure your season stats, then post it to Facebook for bragging rights. Pretty cool for a free app.
These are just a handful of the apps that are currently on the market for smart phones. With technology evolving at an exponential rate, it is safe to say that we will see more advanced mountain-oriented apps become available in the near future. What they will be able to do is anyone’s guess, but if they can help me find a parking spot closer to the lodge, I am all in.