Best Free Android Skiing & Snowboarding Apps 2013

Over the last year there has been great advancements in mobile phone capabilities and the number of people with smart phones has exploded, creating even more demand for more high quality applications. So here we are,  picking up from where we left off last year in part 2 of Best Free Android Skiing & Snowboard Apps, now in our third year of listing the best apps for skiing and snowboarding, .

Are you looking for some Android apps for your next ski & snowboard trip? We’ve compiled a list that we think will aid you in your next adventure. These apps should aid you in keeping up to date on your favorite ski & snowboard resorts latest powder dumps, what’s going on in your mountain ski town, where your Bro’s & Betty’s are on the hill and also keeping track of your vertical feet.

Some of you minimalists will only need one or two of these apps, but if you are an info & social junkie, you may need a few of them to satisfy your snow stoke.

Dolphin Browser HD
This powerful browser comes with tabbed browsing, pinch zoom & gesture controls. Dolphin is frequently updated and still is the best mobile browser available.

EpicMixEpic Mix App
This is a Vail Resorts app exclusive, as it only works at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Northstar, Heavenly & Kirkwood.

This is a multi-purpose app as it:

  1. Tracks Vertical Feet – Daily, Weekly, Season & Career
  2. Social Networking App
  3. Maps of all the Vail Resorts
  4. Snow Report & Weather
  5. On mountain pics taken by the EpicMix photographers are viewable with the app get uploaded to your EpicMix account

FIS – World Cup
Stay up to date on the latest FIS World Cup skiing & snowboarding results. You can decide which discipline loads first, skiing, snowboarding, nordic, freestyle, etc. You follow your favorite events live as the results are updated as they occur.

Google Maps & Navigation
Once you download this to your phone, you can get rid of your stand-a-lone GPS unit. You can either type in your desired address or use the voice command, which then leads you to your destination with its own voice guidance. Need street view? Got it. Satellite view? Yep. Traffic? Check.

Google Sky Map
For apre’ the apre’ ski and you look up from the outdoor hot tub and see more stars than you can ever remember. Where is Jupiter, Venus &  The Big Dipper. When you can see them all, that’s when you know you are in the mountains….and wondering when the next storm is coming!

Instagram (New)
For those who take pics with your phone, this is a one stop app for sharing your ski trip & snow photos.

My Tracks
Now you can use Twidroyd to tweet your maps links. This app can be used to track your speed, time and elevation. You can determine daily vertical feet, create a trail to follow in the backcountry and you can set markers & waypoints. Setting markers enables you to track time to distance between points and you can take picture and attach them to the points for a point of interest.

Once you’ve finished your day, you can then send the tracks to a friend to show them where you’ve been or save them for future reference. This app will come in handy if you lose something, as you can mark the spot and then return later to keep looking.On The Snow App

On The Snow (New)
Ski Reports with quick links to weather, ski area webcams, configurable powder alerts & downloadable trailmaps. It is that easy.

Radar Now
Can be used in addition to 1Weather to get the best radar image for your local area.

REI Snow Report (New)REI Snow Report App
Open the app and you are greeted with your favorite ski areas overnight snowfall totals and current weather. The REI app has quick links to weather, ski area webcams, ability to share reports to Twitter, Facebook & text message. Users can also set the days and time they want to be alerted for the latest dump, but you cannot set a minimum snowfall amount.  In addition, you can shop REI & REI-Outlet within the app. Do not miss the big dump and set up a snowfall alert. This is one of the simple-ist snow report apps.

Salomon Powfinder (New)
App allows you to post pics, so there are many great powder shots. But as for functionality,  I’m thinking that this app was released too soon as it only has the Western (CA, NV, ID & AZ) & Pacific Northwest resorts info updated. I will have to check back as I can’t see how this is a finished product.  However, the app can be used to enhance your ski stoke as the SalomonTV Episodes are available to watch during your down time.

Ski & Snow Report
Pick your favorite resorts and the next time you open the app, all your fav’s reports will be there waiting. Quick link buttons take you to recent powder dumps of your favorites, nearby ski areas reports, powder alerts & trail maps to download. Once you are on the lifts, you do not need an internet connection to view the trailmap. My only real gripe is the space wasted on user experiences, where you can post a twitter-like text. I see  these texts most of time they are outdated or meaningless. All-in-all, a good snow report app.

Ski Trail Maps
Hundreds of North American and European ski area trail maps at your finger tips. Save a tree and use your phone.

SkiTude
Interface is very busy and takes a lot of scrolling to find your resort as the ski areas are in alphabetical order and not broken down by country, region or state. Has Facebook & Twitter feeds on the main page, but you will need to pay in order to see the resorts webcams (which are free on REI & Snow Reports apps). With all the info being displayed on the screen, you will need perfect vision and not too much sun shining.

However, SkiTude does have GPS so you can track all your days vertical and it is also a social app, so you can locate your friends on the hill.

SnoCountry
A no frills snow report app that does the snow reporting job. Each time you open the app, you need to choose your resort as there is no way to add favorites. Besides the daily snow report, you can view the trailmap of the resorts. However, you can’t save them, so you always need a connection to view them. This isn’t all bad, since if you just want to look at a mountains trails, you don’t have to download and clutter up your storage & then have to delete it later on.

SnoCru: (New)
This app enables skiers & snowboarders to find another “CRU” member on the mountain. Its a social networking tool that uses GPS to see where your buds are hanging out, whether its in the pipe or in the sidecouSnoCru Appntry, this app will show your position on the mountain. You can also save your favorite resorts and see their latest snow report.

In addition, it has a many of the discovery features that the Where app has: food, ATM’s, coffee, bars, etc so you can find your way around the town.

Good idea, good functionality & good user interface.  In order to get the full benefit of SnoCru to function like its intended, more peeps need to adopt it, so share it with your buds!

TripIt
A great app to track your travel project from beginning to end. TripIt enables you to build your winter travel itinerary, check on flight times or delays and then track the project throughout your vacation.

1Weather: (New)
1Weather displaced Weather Bug as our favorite weather app. You will not go wrong with either, but we really like the  check out the up-to-date weather forecast pre ski/snowboard trip, during the trip or after to see if the big storm really came right after you left.

Where:
New in town? Find restaurants, bars, coffee shacks, gas…….what else? That’s what Where is for.

 

by Lane Lawrence