When I first started skiing I carried a trail map in my pocket. Fast forward to now and most resorts have a ski app. Vail in the US has created a real-time app that shows what’s happening on the mountain; like where to find the shortest lift line. I’d like to take it a step further – with an IoT powered app that tracks my speed, the terrain I’ve covered and then intuitively predicts when I’ll stop for a break. It’ll know that I want a hot chocolate, so a hot cup will there waiting for me when I stop. With two marshmallows, please.
While I (alas) still have to order my own hot chocolate I love this time of year. There’s a chill in the air and a spring in my step because the first dustings of snow has landed on my Instagram feed. So if you haven’t already now’s the time to start planning your trip to the fields of white gold. If you’re travelling to the Australian slopes or across the ditch to NZ, we’ve pulled together a list of must-have tech gear for this year’s snow trip.
Whether you ski or board, you’d be mad not to wear a helmet. But have you thought about turning your helmet into a connected device that tracks how fast you go, too? One that’s caught our eye is Aussie invention ‘the Alpine’, created by local start-up Forcite. It combines your camera, fog lights, GPS tracking and an in-house radio that syncs with your mobile so you can chat to your mates as you go. Check out the Alpine’s prototype video:
The smart goggle
Want to check the temperature? Need to know how fast you’re flying down the hill? Want to brag about it on social media? No worries, your goggles can do that. The Oakley Airwave 1.5 might just be the smartest piece of tech on the slopes. They track and measure pretty much anything and if you sync up with your friends, it can help you find them on the mountain, too.
Find the right app
If you don’t want to invest in new gear, there are a bunch of apps that can do the job. Ski Tracks App is a popular choice, which uses your smartphone’s GPS to capture data and measure your performance on the slopes – including maximum speed and the amount of terrain you’ve covered. It’s like a wearable for the snow.
Make your gloves do the work for you
Gone are the days when you take off your gloves to answer your phone. BearTek has created snow gloves so you can answer calls, listen to music and even control your GoPro via Bluetooth. It’s a whole new meaning to the words ‘hands free’.
Take the best videos
If it isn’t on social media, it didn’t happen. The Go Pro has earnt its place on every adventure sport must-have list and skiing is no exception. We’ll let the pictures do the talking.
A element resistant smart phone
Just when you thought it wasn’t possible to have a phone that not only looked good but was built for an active lifestyle like hitting the slopes, Samsung launch the beautifully crafted Galaxy S7 and S7 edge which are water, dust and sand resistant. For me that means I can stay touch, upload my pics and track my runs with ease. Find out more telstra.com.au/mobile-phones