Looking to make the most out of your day on the slopes? There’s an app for that. In fact, there’s quite a few noteworthy mobile apps designed to enhance your experience on the mountain and make it easy to meet up with friends and family. And for the competitive crowd, there’s plenty of ways to track your vertical and share your results via social media sites. Here’s a quick look at a handful of apps worth downloading prior to hitting the slopes in Tahoe.
EpicMix (iOS and Android; Free)
This Vail Resort-specific app provides users with trail maps, lift line times and a variety of on-mountain activity stats including vertical feet, photos, race times, and even progress in ski and snowboard school. EpicMix Challenges makes for friendly competition between family members and you can even test your time against Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn.
SkiLynx (iOS and Android; $2.99)
Revolutionizing the way skiers and snowboarders connect on the mountain, SkiLynx’s new 3.0 version utilizes a person’s existing contacts for one-touch group creation and allows users to effortlessly connect on the mountain by sharing real-time locations on a digital trail map. The app even auto-populates the name of chairlifts, runs or base area locations by simply typing “#here”.
SnoCru (iOS and Android; Free)
This award-winning app has a slew of resort tracking capabilities that include distance, vert, speed, altitude and even slope angle. It also includes a friend finder feature, a leader board, badges, and the ability to compete against friends with custom challenges.
Fluri (iOS; Free)
Built by former Strava engineers and optimized for long-lasting battery life, Fluri has a simple interface and shows your location on the actual resort trail map as opposed to a GPS or satellite view. Like many other apps, it has a friend finder which shows where they are on the resort map in real time. It also tracks stats like runs, speed, and vertical feet, providing daily and season totals.
OpenSnow (iOS and Andriod; Free)
Designed with the powderchaser in mind, Open Snow’s app provides both short term and long range forecasts broken down by ski regions across the country. Local meteorologist Bryan Allegretto is the man behind the Tahoe Daily Snow forecast and his intimate understanding of the Northern Sierra weather patterns comes in handy when the storms start stacking up off the Pacific.
Liftopia (iOS; Free)
Still the go-to name for lift ticket deals, Liftopia allows users to purchase in advance and save big on more than 200,000 lift tickets and passes. The deals and discounts are searchable by region and dates of travel and even includes special offers on ski and snowboard lessons.