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Five apps for hitting the slopes and playing in the snow

Derek Walter | Jan. 19, 2015
In some parts of the country, the ski season is in full swing--and if you want to take advantage of all of this glorious powder, you'll need more than just a basic weather forecast to get the most out of skiing, snowboarding, or just a fun-filled snow day. Grab these iOS apps to get all the details about your favorite ski resorts and snow conditions, and to connect with other winter sports pals. With these apps, you'll never miss out on a fresh blanket of snow that's about to hit a nearby slope--or show up to a resort when there isn't enough snow to make it worth your while.

In some parts of the country, the ski season is in full swing — and if you want to take advantage of all of this glorious powder, you'll need more than just a basic weather forecast to get the most out of skiing, snowboarding, or just a fun-filled snow day. Grab these iOS apps to get all the details about your favorite ski resorts and snow conditions, and to connect with other winter sports pals. With these apps, you'll never miss out on a fresh blanket of snow that's about to hit a nearby slope — or show up to a resort when there isn't enough snow to make it worth your while.

REI Snow Report

REI has a pretty loyal following among outdoor enthusiasts, so it's not surprising that the company has a pretty good snow and skiing information app. REI Snow Report (free)  is an excellent way to keep tabs on your favorite ski resorts or outdoor playgrounds. It can track your location to find nearby ski areas, or you can use the search feature to hunt down a snow spot anywhere in the country.

Each resort listed has a lot of specifics that will interest you if you're planning a trip or heading to the slopes that same day, such as the snow level, type of surface, wind, and weather forecast.

REI Snow Report has trail maps for most of its ski resorts. You'll need to pinch and zoom much as you would on a PDF, so the size of your iPhone will determine how useful or frustrating this will be. Many slopes also provide live video feeds — which you can access within the app — so you can get an idea for yourself how the conditions look.

Liftopia

Liftopia (free) is a must-have for dedicated skiers, thanks to its vast information about specific ski runs and lift ticket offers. The app breaks down the type of ski runs available at a resort based on skill level, listing how many beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert tracks are to be found. There is also a complete list of amenities at ski resorts — like if there is a nearby golf course, hiking trail, or gondola rides — in case not everyone in your party is up for a day of skiing.

There's also a substantial deals section, offering discounts on lift tickets to nearby resorts. It includes user reviews, which can sometimes be helpful (and other times not so much) in describing the specifics of each skiing venue.

Trace Snow

Trace Snow (free) is perfect if you hit the powder often, and want to track your adventures and share them with others. It's more social than informational — it doesn't have detailed weather info or snow updates like some of the other apps on our list. 

 

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