With the Winter weather truly upon us you may be planning, or already booked, your Winter ski/snowboarding holiday. Along with the usual checklist of equipment, clothing and essentials you will more than likely be taking your smartphone with you too and with this in mind you can load it up with lots of great apps to use on the slopes.
I have used a number of apps previously on skiing holidays which have come in real handy when enjoying the mountain trails and as I am planning my New Year ski trip I am looking for your recommendations for the best skiing and snowboarding apps. Here is a list of the basic apps I take with me and if you have any other favourites let me know by commenting below.
This is a great app with loads of resort trail maps, I tend to lose the little paper or card map you get when you buy your lift pass so having it on my smartphone is a real bonus. Being able to zoom in and move around the trail map gives me loads of information such as where to find a place to stop for lunch and the key indicates the lift type so if it's snowing heavily I can head to a covered lift to get back to the top of the mountain.
Although the majority of ski patrol, instructors and restaurant and bar workers will speak English in resort I always like to try and get a few phrases on board before I go. Google Translate is quick and easy to use and you can use it whilst on holiday for any new words or phrases you may want to use.
The apres ski facilities can be just as important as the skiing or snowboard itself and I use Tripadvisor whenever I am heading somewhere new. Reviews of restaurants help me choose which ones to try out and the forums are a great place to find out where the best nightlife is.
These are just the top apps that I make sure I have downloaded before I head to the slopes so if you have any favourites let me know and I can road test them (or should that be trail test?) when I hit Bansko for New Year.
Written by: Carmel Brown