Six great ski apps

Six great ski apps

Stay savvy on the slopes with the best mobile piste mappers, stat trackers and safety guides

Those of us who skied back in the 90s will remember the assortment of dog-eared domain maps we had to carry in the pocket of ski suits. And though 90s fashion might be popular on the slopes once again, the technology has thankfully remained in this decade. Apps to aid your ski holiday are now bountiful, so we’ve saved you some space on your iPhone or Android by getting our instructors to pick out ten of the best.

Maprika links up with your map apps (Google Maps etc.) and allows you to download run maps of your resort directly to your phone, so you can access them even if you’re without signal. The app also allows you to find the location of friends and family on the mountain, so you can then set up meeting points, which is very handy for arranging your lunch break.

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This highly popular app tracks your slope performance, whether you’re a skier or snowboarder. Trace Snow calculates everything from air time to calories burned. If you mount it on the outside of your ski wear or even on your equipment, it can also sync with your GoPro to automatically upload footage from your slope session.

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This extremely battery-efficient app does the basics, but it does them extremely well and all without draining your phone. Ski Tracks can monitor all of your performance stats and has the ability to sync with an Apple Watch too, so you can keep an eye on your progress without getting your phone out on the mountain.

Find out more on Ski Tracks

This app allows you to get ski-ready with physiotherapist Neil Maclean-Martin. SkiFit, a free app, comes packed with eight-minute workout routines suitable for any level of skier, and are designed to have you in peak piste condition by the time you hit the slopes.

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It might sound like a guide to the best fondues in Switzerland, but this gem is actually one of the most detailed 3D map apps on the market. The standard version is free, but the premium version is definitely worth the small outlay. The extra features include hi-definition satellite imagery of the slopes, gradient mapping, and crevasse and avalanche zones alerts.

Find out more on Fatmap

Many ski domains, such as Whistler and Valmorel, are developing their own apps to help visitors find their way around, locate the best restaurants, bars and shops and explore all the other activities going on. Search the App Store or Google Store ahead of time to see if there’s one for your destination or ask a Club Med G.O. when you arrive.

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