Matt Lumb’s recent blog talked about his favourite ski apps, building on his blog from the year before. I, too, have found myself using more and more apps on the slopes as the seasons go by. Here is a summary of ones that I find most useful.
This enables you to download piste maps to your iPhone and to use the built in GPS to navigate your way around the slopes. The app also includes a GPS tracking facility, but I haven’t used this so I can’t comment on that feature. On other devices I’ve seen my GPS location on a normal map, or a piste map without GPS location. The connection between the normal piste map and a GPS location is simple, but brilliant.
Summary: Real piste maps with a GPS location.
Cost: $2.99, no internet connection required if you pre-load the piste maps.
This has been available as a website for a while now, but the app has come into its own now that the data download is instant rather than waiting for the end of the day. The idea of Skiline is that you register (free) and input your ski pass number, and it then collects data from resorts about which lifts you have used, and provides you with a record of your ski holiday or season. Resort coverage is not total, with some areas better supported than others. In my neck of the woods it covers Kitzbühel, St Johann in Tirol, Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang, Fieberbrunn and Zell am See, but not Waidring or Kaprun.
In some resorts that are supported, a few lifts don’t have ski pass readers, so some lifts and runs can be missed off your record (although in the Kitzbühel area Skiline does a good job of guessing how you got from A to B if you use a lift without a ski pass reader). As an added bonus some resorts have slalom courses that film you, and Skiline makes those films available on your homepage on their web site (although you can’t see the videos from the app). The app shows you a timeline for your day’s skiing, including the lifts you’ve used and your total distance and vertical metres skied.
Summary: An interesting app if you want to track your day’s skiing (and if your resort is covered by Skiline).
Cost: Free. Data connection required to update status, but this can be done with the free WiFi available in many resorts.
Matt already discussed this, but I think it’s worth another mention as I use this to fill the gaps in Skiline’s coverage of my ski season. It tracks top speed, average speed, ski distance, vertical metres and more from your ski day, which you can see in profile or on a map overlay. You can also email the track in Google Earth format.
Summary: A great app for tracking your ski days.
Kitzbühel – The Legend
There are many tourist apps for Kitzbühel, this is the official one from the tourist office. Search for “Kitzbuhel tourismus”. This app provides several views of the ski area, with and without GPS, some showing lift status. You can also see lift and slope status in text format. There are links to mountain restaurants and après ski bars, ski schools and ski rental, as well as information about cross-country ski tracks. There is also a link to the Kitzbühel Bergbahn site. I often use the English language version of the Bergbahn mobile website, as it provides a useful set of information in a concise format. I find parts of this app really useful, but other parts less so. Navigation can be tricky and some sections are only available in German.
Summary: Tons of information about the Kitzbühel town and ski area.
Feratel Web Cams
This app connects to webcams around the ski world (more comprehensively in some areas than in others), and lets you see still pictures, videos and other information from the selected resort, such as current conditions, weather forecast, lift and piste status, piste map and more. If I’m skiing in a big ski area and the conditions are less than perfect, it is useful to be able to look at pictures from around the area to see where the cloud is higher or the visibility better.
Summary: Access to ski web cams.