There are many ski apps for tracking the weather, snow fall, discounts etc, here I am focusing on ski apps for tracking your runs down the mountain.
While using a ski app is not going to make you a better skier, they do make skiing more fun. I tried out a few on my trip to Telluride in January and will give you my thoughts on the ones I liked.
One thing about them you need to be aware of, is they KILL your battery, you just cannot use them all day. Maybe my battery life stinks but after 4-5 runs my battery was running low on my iPhone 5S.
With a newer phones you will probably get better battery life, I guess I will find out when I upgrade. I think it also might be the cold decreases battery life as well. One other observation, is they are a bit of a pain to use, at least how I used them.
If you want to time your run like I did, you almost have to it the start button while your moving to get accurate stats. And I found it almost impossible to hit the start button with out taking off my gloves even though my Outdoor Research Sensor gloves are touch screen sensitive.
This is one of the more expensive ski apps, and what I dont like is its an annual fee or “SNOCRU Season Pass” as they call it. If you have a lot of competitive skiing buddies you may like this app the best because you can “invite” them then share your information with theirs and compare your stats.
They also just came out with a iPhone and Droid app for your smart watch. I haven’t tried this as I don’t have one but if you do maybe SNOCRU is your best bet. Its $9.99 per year, its probably a bargain for all it does, assuming you use all the features.
Conclusion: SNOCRU is a powerful ski app and feature rich, if you like all the advanced feature I would give it a go. If you just want a simple app for tracking your ski statistics when go with Ski Tracks. Visit SNOCRU website.
This was my first experience with a ski app and is still my favorite, mainly because it does what I like very well. While some of the features of the fancier ski apps are cool like tracking the runs you went on etc, I am really more just looking to keep track of the mountains I skied, and some statistics of the runs.
For this, Ski Tracks is perfect, simple to use and give you great information on your runs!
Conclusion: Overall I just like Ski Tracks better than SNOCRU, one big reason is Ski Tracks is only .99 cents! While it doesn’t have all the features, its so much cheaper and does what I want. Visit Ski Tracks website.
I have not yet used this app, but it looks intriguing and plan on using it for my next ski trip. From the looks of it, it seems designed to use with a smart watch and to keep track of your ski companions.
This would be a great app for a family to keep an eye on your kids. But also would be ideal to keep track of your friends on the mountain, with out having to try and call or text your friends to meet up.
Conclusion: If you have a smart watch this is definitely the ski app for you. It would also be ideal if you are with a group of skiers or family, this ski app seems ideal to keep track of everyone. Visit SkiLynx website.