The Wireless World of Winter Sports

Enjoy the slopes more thanks to wireless technology.

By Chuck Hamby on January 6, 2014

If you are a skier, snowboarder or other type of winter sports warrior, you can shred and share more fun on the slopes these days with the help of wireless technology. Smartphone apps can help you find the quickest lift lines, cleanest powder and most compelling trails, while cameras, cases and other high-tech accessories can enhance your high-altitude experiences.  

The Snow Report from The North Face, for example, has almost everything you need for a trip to the mountains. Check snow conditions, weather forecasts, full trail maps and other details for your favorite winter resorts.

Alternatively, Liftopia can help you find discount lift tickets by culling the biggest bargains from more than 200 locations. The resorts are organized by region, and you can purchase tickets right through the app.

AlpineRelay can log your downhill day, measuring speed, vertical, calories, distance, airtime, jumps and more using your smartphone’s GPS and accelerometers. The buttons and text are oversized to work with gloves and in glare, and the app includes a social site to share and compare runs in 3D, challenge friends and more.

Even on the most bedeviling black diamonds, you won’t have to worry about wipeouts hurting your phone with protective phone cases from OtterBox and LifeProof. And the Mophie Juice Pack case with built-in battery will keep your phone powered while you’re on the powder all day long.

A variety of smart fitness accessories, such as the Fitbit Force and UP by Jawbone, will track your activity, calories burned and many other health-related benefits of winter sports. A camera such as GoPro HERO3 can withstand some of the harshest conditions and crashes while capturing HD photos and videos of your best runs down the slope.  A smart watch like the Samsung Galaxy Gear gives you handy access to many of your smartphone’s capabilities right on your wrist.

This year, use smart wireless tech before hitting the snow to make the most of your time outdoors.