There's an app for everything — even winter sports. From ski trackers and snow-reporting software to trip journals and slope safety tools, we've found some vital apps for skiers on both Android and iOS. Give them a try before you hit the slopes this winter. And don't forget the touchscreen-friendly winter gloves, or your fingers are going to be frostbitten in no time. (Image Credit: YuryKo/Shutterstock)
SkiLynx keeps you connected with all of your friends on the slopes, allowing you to easily locate and communicate with your skiing buddies wherever they are. The app takes advantage of GPS and detailed trail maps to quickly show you where everyone is in real time, including details such as slope difficulty and percentage down the trail. Chat features allow you to tap out or send preset one-touch messages on your phone or Apple Watch, letting you quickly check in with everyone or set up meets. Once you're done, SkiLynx also functions as a skiing log, recording a variety of metrics which you can save and share over social networks.
Snocru (Android, iOS) is another social app for skiiers that gives your day on the slopes a more competitive edge. Snocru users can set up a Daycru of fellow skiers and snowboarders, making it easy for you to locate and communicate with your skiing buddies. Snocru adds a gamified dynamic to things by recording a variety of metrics for each Cru member, allowing you to compete against each other and the community for things like most vertical feet traveled, fastest speed or most runs in a day. Once done, you can log and share the details of your skiing day over social media.
Formerly known as Alpine Replay, Trace Snow (Android, iOS) is a fantastic course-and-trail-tracking app that lets skiers log an entire day up in the slopes. Using your phone's built in sensors, Trace Snow records metrics such as speed, jumps, airtime, distance traveled and calories burned. Users can view a summary of their statistics after hitting the slopes, with their route automatically mapped out.
The International Ski Federation goes high tech with its latest app offering, Skadi (Android, iOS), an augmented reality game and slope guide rolled into one. Skadi creates custom ski tours for users designed around their skill level and preferences, with directions downslope piped in through your earphones. Along the way, skiiers will collect virtual gems and other powerups, which you can then trade in for real life discounts or prizes in FIS partner shops. The app also functions as a slope navigation tool and map, allowing users to find useful amenities nearby like ski lifts and restaurants.
Ski Tracks (Android, iOS) is another popular tracking and logging option that takes advantage of your phone's GPS and other sensors to record your ski sessions. The app collects a comprehensive field of data, including maximum and average speed, total distance traveled and slope angle. All of these metrics can then be logged, divided into different runs and plotted out on a map.
Slopes is a free iOS skiing and snowboarding tracking app that helps log in your skiing day, taking advantage of your phone's sensors and GPS to track your ski lift rides and downhill runs, all without an internet connection and with stats easily accessible from your Apple Watch. You can add photos and notes, view a timeline and breakdown of the day's activity on the slopes, replay your runs with heat maps, and track your stats over the season. A premium subscription adds more detailed slope maps and other features.
Exa's Ski Tracker takes a freemium ad-supported approach to ski tracking, offering users useful activity tracker features like recording ski tracks on a map with your maximum speed, time, altitude above sea level, ski lifts, and rests. You can then review all that data at any time. Premium subscribers get the ad-free experience and extra tools like a more detailed map, the option to add location coordinates to a photo, and a more detailed map and skiing history.