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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.

However, you can pack a ton of info about your ski trips into this app. For example, you fire up the app when starting a skiing session, and Trace Snow will track your distance, calories burned, and number of runs down the course. You can also add friends and follow other users to check in on their progress. 

In addition, you can check out and rank the various runs from different ski resorts. It also has a neat activity level tracker that tells you when the courses are most busy. If you're into gamification, you can earn medals and other rewards from supported ski courses.

OnTheSnow

With OnTheSnow (free), you can find out how many lifts and trails are open at your favorite resorts. Just as valuable is its database of first-hand reviews: OnTheSnow enables you to post a photo and report on your experience, which then gets shared with the whole community.

You can also enable push notifications for your favorite ski spots, which is useful if you're heading up to a certain resort, or if a sufficient amount of snow falls overnight and you want to take an impromptu ski trip. 

OpenSnow

OpenSnow (free) is a great app for finding the best snow conditions, even if you aren't skiing or participating in another type of winter sport.

You'll need to create an account to access any of OpenSnow's info, but that account lets you scope out nearby spots to find out their daily snow counts, view live video feeds, and get weather forecasts.

If you like the service enough, you can subscribe to its all-access plan for $19 per year. This nixes the ads and gives you discounts on lift ticket purchases. The bulk of the services are free, however, if you're still just checking the app out to see if it's worth keeping around.

 

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