As another skiing and snowboarding season is upon us, we are here to bring you the best free and in some cases, almost free Android apps for you tablets and smartphones.
The apps we have listed are what we found to be the best Android apps for your next ski & snowboard trip. 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.
The Chromecast app and product allow you to view movies, pictures and webpages on a hotel tv that has an HDMI connection.
Watch today’s recorded video or whatever over apre-ski or dinner. If you can view it on a pc, tablet or smartphone, chances are you can stream it to a TV .
Chromecast Stick ~ $30:
The Chromecast stick is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand or inside a shoe for travelling. Take you videos with you on your ski vacation so you can watch a movie without having to pay for it.
See the Chromecast app above for more features.
This is a Vail Resorts app exclusive, as it only works at Vail Associates resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood, The Canyons, Mt Brighton & Afton Alps. Park City, which was recently purchased by Vail will probably be added sometime this winter.
This is a multi-purpose app as it:
FIS – Ski
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 can 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.
For those who take pics with your phone, this is a one stop app for sharing your ski trip snow photos and short videos. Easily upload and share from the chairlift, apre-ski lounge or the ride home.
Lapse It (Almost Free)
Do you want to take a sweet time-lapse video of the sunset going down over the mountains at your favorite resort? Or how about catching the snowcat’s grooming the slopes during the night?
Well, the LapseIt app will do this for you. It is great for capturing time-lapse videos in the mountain or lake as well. It’s very simple to use, open the app, set the time duration of the event, click start and set on a stable surface.
Now walk away, have your favorite beverage and when you get back, you will have one awesome vid. We recommend the almost free version as that unlocks the HD videos. Otherwise, the free version only captures up to 480p resolution.
Need to view a trailmap? The latest version of Maprika, is quick to open and has high resolution.
You can also download hiking and biking trails, so you can use this app year-round.
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
Ski Reports with quick links to weather, ski area webcams, configurable powder alerts & downloadable trailmaps. It is that easy.
Get up to date local weather information from skiers and snowboarders for skiers and snowboarders.
Being a Lake Tahoe skier, I follow Bryan Allegretto’s forecasts religiously. His explanations and local knowledge of the weather are both top-notch and also entertaining.
OpenSnow was created for the purpose of giving us no fluff, hype or generic regional forecasts. Weather forecasts by skiers, for skiers. There is both the online and app version of OpenSnow.
REI Snow Report
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.
The SkiTude app has been re-designed recently. It helps you locate friends while skiing & riding, plus it has weather, road & mountain conditions.
SkiTude does have GPS so you can track all your days vertical and it is also share geo-coded photos.
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.
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 it’s in the pipe or in the sidecountry, this app will show your position on the mountain. You can also save your favorite resorts and see their latest snow report.
Isn’t Strava a bicycling app? Well yes it is, but if you are a minimalist and don’t want to download and posssibly sign up for another app, then you can use Strava to record your vertical feet skied.
I use Strava as my go to app for my off ski season biking & hiking activites and also to find trails and routes that my friends have been on.
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.
You can easily follow your friends flight as well, so you know whether to wait around or catch the next shuttle up to the mountain.
Our favorite everyday weather app, and we really like 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.
1Weather is vbery easy to use and we find it very accurate as well.
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