aNewDomain.net — If you live in Texas, you probably don’t have a box of winter clothes that you store in the attic or garage. Where I live, though, we do. Winter means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For many in Vermont, it means it’s time for outdoor recreation. If you’re a winter sports enthusiast, one of these Android apps might be up your alley.
If you need to check the conditions before heading up to ski or ride, install SkiReport.com’s Ski & Snow Report app. This free app offers conditions, weather and even cameras for those mountains that have them. More than 2,000 resorts are supported worldwide, so there’s a good chance your destination is included. Download it here.
AlpineReplay Ski & Snowboard turns your smartphone into a sort of FitBit for downhill sports. By using the accelerometer in your phone, this app tracks everything from speed and distance to the amount of time you spent coming down the mountain versus the time on the chairlift. Download it here.
If you’re stuck inside looking to pretend you’re out on the mountain, you can check out Vivid Games Super Ski Jump Free. This game offers excellent graphics and broad gameplay options. It’s certainly worth some time when you can’t get out to the slopes. Download it here,
If you’re looking for inspiration from the daredevils of the sports world, look at Red Bull TV. This free app has tons of content, including some amazing winter-sports-themed shows. While it will work fine on a phone, this is one you may want to save for your tablet. Download it here.
GPS Ski Maps is more expensive than most apps I buy. At $9.99, it does something no other app does – it allows you to download maps for your local ski resort and then use them while skiing or riding. Even if you don’t have data access, the GPS in your phone will work, allowing you to track where you are. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, as we’ve had little snow in Vermont, but I am anxious. Between the positive reviews and novelty of the app, I felt I needed to include it in this list. You can download here.
There is one group of apps I didn’t look at – those for individual winter sports areas, mostly because I wasn’t able to verify how accurate or useful they were. I’ll bet that wherever you are, there’s a local winter sports app that deserves some attention.
Did I miss anything? Please leave me a comment!
Based in Vermont, Jeremy Lesniak is managing editor at anewdomain.net and founder of Vermont Computing, Inc. Follow him @jlesniak or email him email@example.com.