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Nov
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Attention Skiers: We’ve Got The Best Apps for Snow Lovers

want to get in on a little of this?

want to get in on a little of this?

There are people who track waves and people who track powder. Things just got a whole lot easier if you’re in the mood for a little powder.  Skiing season is coming upon us, so what better thing to do in your free time but load up your iPhone or iPad with all these awesome apps.

BEST FOR: POWDER HOUNDS

powder hounds

powder hounds


Ski and Snow Report (free)
There are countless snowfall apps but this is the most intuitive and accurate. Staffers analyze and post data all day long, so the figures are often more reliable than what the resorts claim. One of the coolest features? You can set an alert for when, say, more than a foot of powder falls near you. For Android and iPhone

BEST FOR: NOT GETTING LOST

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itrailmap-ski-and-snowboard-maps

iTrailMap (free)
Still fumbling around with paper maps? This app gives you access to more than 650 basic trail maps. Download them to your phone and access them anywhere on the mountain, no Wi-Fi or cell service necessary. There’s also a 3-D version ($5; iPhone only) that allows you to trace exact lines on interactive topo maps and then upload them to Google Earth. For Android and iPhone

BEST FOR: BRAGGING RIGHTS

Ski Tracks

Ski Tracks

Ski Tracks (free)
Like Strava does for runners and cyclists, Ski Tracks uses your phone’s GPS to give you a snapshot of your day. It logs the angle of the steepest slope you rode, the amount of vertical you skied, and your max and average speed, among other things. Another good way to show off: Claimmyrun.com, which allows you to tag helmet-cam footage with the trail it was shot on. The site then organizes clips in one easy-to-search place and allows users to rank the ones they like best. For iPhone only

Ullr Labs Mobile Avalanche Safety Tools

Ullr Labs Mobile Avalanche Safety Tools

BEST FOR: BACKCOUNTRY SKIERS
Ullr Labs Mobile Avalanche Safety Tools ($12)
Wouldn’t you pay $12 to make it out alive? Well, think of this, the most advanced backcountry app available, as another tool in your snow-safety toolbox. View or download forecasts from avalanche centers—and crowdsourced observations from local users—as well as cross-sections of recent snow pits and even slope, aspect, and crown size of documented avalanches. (A cell-phone signal is required only when downloading forecasts or submitting observation data.)  For Android and iPhone

BEST FOR: SCORING CHEAP TICKETS

Liftopia

Liftopia

Liftopia (free)
Who doesn’t want a cheap lift ticket? The discount-lift-ticket site’s new app makes finding deals even easier. It culls the biggest bargains from more than 200 resorts, organized by region. Major bonus: you can purchase tickets right through the app. For iPhone only

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