Snowboarding trips take meticulous planning. What is your ski chalet like? What is the resort like? Will it snow? With today’s technological advances and the increase in pure unadulterated laziness, phone applications, or as the cool kids call them, ‘’Apps’’ are a huge benefit to us. As an avid snowboarder (working at a UK Ski holiday company) and an avid geek, I have compiled my top 5 Apps for snowboarding, from weather reports to piste maps to trick guides.
Want to access snow reports for Alpe d’Huez from Aylesbury? Need powder reports from your armchair in Stafford? There certainly is an App for that.
Ski Tracks Core Coder £0.69p
If there is a daddy of snowboard Apps, then this is it. By simply putting your phone in your pocket all day, you can track everything from speed, to vertical drop to distance covered. This has been made by geeks, for geeks. One of its coolest features is being able to add photos to your tracks, virtually ‘photo-blogging’ each run you do. You can post this to facebook and show all your friends what you have achieved. Or not achieved if all you have are pictures of the Folie Douce…
It is battery friendly and tracks you without the need for data roaming or phone signal. You can take and receive calls while you go and even listen to music without interrupting the tracker.
No more of this:
“Bro, I was going, like, 60ks on the black run!”
“No you weren’t bro…”
The age old bragging rights argument can now be settled. 69p well spent on an easy to use app that will give you all the snowboard stats you ever need.
iTrailMap Big Air Software (Free)
Pistemaps to snowboarders are like compasses to Scouts. You can’t be seen without one and to a newbie, they make no sense. As many of you know, pistemaps in resorts are free and involve unwrapping a broadsheet-sized bit of paper to navigate your next route. Combine the flimsy paper with high winds, snow and gloves and you have a recipe for disaster.
Big Air Software have come up with an app, which allows you to download a map for practically any resort in the world in seconds. You can plans routes without phone service or data roaming and the GPS service makes tracking your runs a doddle. Just don’t drop your iPhone off the lift scrambling to get it out your pocket when wearing mitts…
Rome SDS 100 Day Tracker Perry Hill (Free)
100 Day Tracker is a digital snowboarding journal perfect for anyone who rides a lot as we all know that it can be easy for the days – and sometimes seasons – to start to blur together. Created in conjunction with Rome SDS, one of the coolest brands in snowboarding right now, the 100 Day Tracker can record where you rode, how the snow was, the people you rode with, any new spots you rode and any new tricks learned. You can also take and save a photo-of-the-day and a video-of-the-day.
Shop finder allows you to locate the closest Rome stockists in your area, and ShredTV lets you catch up with snowboard movies on the move. Probably best to stick to the chalet WIFI for this though, as it works off data roaming.
It’s a free app, so get involved and in my opinion, worth it for the ShredTV, which has some great clips on there.
Ski Webcams Burrotech Free
As a child, I remember the only access to webcams, was waking up at the crack of dawn, and putting on the German TV channel RTL. You see, before 8am programs started, you had the opportunity to get a one minute clip of every Austrian and German resort. You couldn’t choose them, you simply had to wait and endure the soothing sounds of German oompa music until your resort came up.
A thing of the past it seems, as you can now access webcams any time on your iPhone and iPad. Ski Webcams offers very detailed webcams of 100s of resorts across the world – without the oompa music.
Those lucky enough to have an iPhone 4S or iPad 3 can view in HD, and the rest of us can view highly detailed, near live images. This is a vital app if travelling to the lower resorts, as it allows you to pick ski areas in advance, and those going last minute as you can check before you book.
This app is ad-supported, but a paid version is available on the app store if you hate the ads rolling across your screen.
Snowboard Tricks 2012 Transworld Japan £2.99
This is Snowboarding for Dummies in a nutshell. This is claimed to be a snowboarder’s ‘how to’ guide, and it does exactly what is says on the tin. A complete library of tricks awaits you, from a simple Ollie, to backside rodeo 540s.
Although I wouldn’t personally try a backside rodeo 540 following instructions off an iPhone, the instructions are clear, concise and simple to follow. Pictures taken by professional snowboard photographers accompany the description, and the instructions are written by a selection of pros that perform them as well.
You can watch movies in slow motion by simply tapping the screen, which does help, and having step-by-step instructions makes the process easier. As a precaution (I can’t afford to be sued) please don’t try this without any proper instruction or guidance. Reading a Haynes car manual does not make you a car mechanic, likewise with this app; it does not make you a pro!
What are your essential apps for skiing/boarding ?