With pristine white slopes, outdoor hot-tubs, quaint ski lodges with crackling fires, and more après-ski venues than you can handle, you don’t even need to be a skier to enjoy a break at altitude.
Whether you are planning to hit the slopes for New Year, you’ve got your heart set on a mid-winter break, or perhaps you’re planning to spend an entire season in the peaks, make sure you download these Android apps to help you through your holiday.
1. OnTheSnow Ski & Snow Report
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OnTheSnow is the world’s leading website for ski and snow conditions. Its app—OnTheSnow Ski & Snow Report—is the most downloaded ski and snowboard application in the Play Store.
Aside from snow reports for in excess of 2,000 destinations worldwide, the app’s key feature is the first-hand reporting from users on the slopes—making sure that you have exact knowledge about which runs are in good condition, which are closed, and which are quiet.
The app also includes deals and discounts from hotels, equipment reviews, trail maps, and a newsfeed.
Download: OnTheSnow Ski & Snow Report (Free)
2. Ski Tracks
If you’re interested in the metrics of your ski holiday—data such as speed, altitude, times, locations, distances, slope gradients, and more—you need to have this app on your phone.
It’s easy to use and can run in your pocket all day without any user input. It can record up to twenty hours on a single charge, it lets you geo-tag photos for a complete visual memory of your day, and it lets you easily share your records on social media.
Most importantly for a day in the mountains—it doesn’t need a network signal to operate.
Ski Tracks is also available on iOS. If people in your party are iOS users, make sure you direct them to our round-up of the best ski apps for iPhone before you board the plane!
Download: Ski Tracks ($1.49)
3. Ski Tracker
Ski Tracker is a great alternative to Ski Tracks. It provides a vast amount of data points to help you visualize how your day on the slopes unfolded.
For example, it will tell you your speeds (including the top speed you reached all day), how far you skied, how much time you spent on slopes and how much you spent on lifts, your altitude throughout the day, and a whole lot more.
The app also has a photo feature. You can take snaps as you move around, plot them on a map, and share them with your buddies.
The app relies on GPS, so make sure your phone is full of juice before you head out.
Download: Ski Tracker (Free trial, subscription required)
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Snowthority is a holistic Android ski app. It provides a one-stop shop for many of the things you’ll need for a day on the slopes.
For instance, you can use the app to get precise weather forecasts for your resort, receive avalanche warnings in real-time, and download ski maps for use offline.
Larger ski resorts also have their own dedicated pages with information such as ski pass prices, lift opening times, equipment hire shops, and more.
You can even use the app to find out what other winter fun is available in the town—activities such as toboggan runs, ski parks, and mogul slopes are listed.
Finally, we love the webcam feature. More than 800 live HD cams are available, enabling you to check out the on-slope conditions from the comfort of your hotel room.
Download: Snowthority (Free)
SNOWZAT is the skiing best app for 3D terrain maps. It covers resorts in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Sadly, European resorts are not included; it is the app’s most significant drawback.
It is packed with features that you will find useful while on-piste. There are lift and run maps, search routing, weather, a stat tracker, and even a friend finder.
The friend finder is particularly useful. Anyone who has been skiing knows how easy it is to get separated from your group, especially on crowded slopes. Thanks to its reliance on GPS, SNOWZAT ensures you will be able to find them again easily, even if you do not have a cellphone signal.
SNOWZAT also includes some cool leaderboards. They are based on your friend group, and by resort, by country, and worldwide. They add a fun level of gamification to your entire holiday.
Download: SNOWZAT (Free)
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If you’re only interested in snow reports and weather forecasts, then check out OpenSnow. It provides some of the most accurate reports out there.
You can use the app to get the latest 10-day forecasts, live on-slope conditions, and mountain-based webcams. Unlike some of the other forecast apps, OpenSnow pulls its data from multiple weather forecast models, meaning you can infer a more accurate picture of what the conditions might be like.
OpenSnow offers both a free and a paid tier. The free tier restricts you to five days of forecast data, while the paid tier adds features such as 24-hour snowfall maps, snowpack graphs, snow depth estimates, historical snow reports, temperature maps, and live weather radars.
Download: OpenSnow (Free, premium version available)
FATMAP is the ideal app for all forms of mountain sports, not just skiing. It specializes in 3D maps, allowing you to create routes, orientate yourself with your surrounding terrain, and share your travels with friends and the rest of the FATMAP community.
From a skiing standpoint, you can use FATMAP to create and share waypoints on a trail, keep track of your location when you are skiing off-piste, get alerts about avalanche risks, and understand the gradients of the slopes your are on. You can also check real-time snow conditions across the resort, and check which runs and lifts are open or closed.
Then, when the ski season is over, you can apply the same features to sports such as mountain biking, hiking, cross-country running, and more.
Download: FATMAP (Free, in-app purchases available)
Make Sure You Get a Good Deal
If you have still not booked your next winter ski trip, you need to make sure you are getting a good deal before you hit the buy button on your flights and hotels.
For some tips on saving money while you are travelling, check out our article the top travel apps for vacations.
Traveling doesn’t need to be expensive. Find out how you can plan a vacation for less, with these money-saving travel apps.
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