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Top 5 location-based skiing apps you should have on your phone before you hit the slopes

It’s a middle of my skiing season and I’ve managed to test some of the coolest location-based skiing apps out there. From piste maps and avalanche conditions to sharing your location with your skiing buddies, these are the 5 top apps that you should install on your phone before hitting the slopes.

Fatmap

One of the best skiing apps ever. It features really precise 3D terrain maps for planning, recording and sharing your ski adventures. Fatmap offers advanced terrain analysis functions alike map of gradient as well as avalanche risk areas. Additionally for each winter resort available, it features phones to local rescue guys so that you wouldn’t have to search for it in case of emergency. Fatmap is definitely the ultimate toolkit for skiing both on and off-piste. You can download it for free but for the paid features you’ll have to pay $5-25 depending on the resort. The app is available for iOS and Android.

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SkiLynx

Skiing is not only about hitting the slopes but also about hanging out with friends. SkiLynx is an app that keeps you connected with all of your skiing buddies wherever they are. The app lets you create a ski group allowing you to easily locate and communicate with your friends. SkiLynx tracks everyone is in a real-time, including details such as slope difficulty and percentage down the trail. There is a useful chat feature as well as the accompanying Apple Watch app, letting you quickly check in with everyone or set up a meeting in the middle of your skiing day. In addition SkiLynx features a regular GPS tracking and it records a variety of metrics which you can save and share over social networks. SkiLynx is available for iOS only and it costs $2.99.

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Avanet

Skiing is not only about awesome lines and high speed but it’s also about avalanche safety. Avanet is the first global crowdsourced platform of mountain safety information. Designed to assist backcountry skiers and snowboarders as well as professional guides, Avanet uses GPS and map data to present users with geotagged observations by other mountain travelers that can warn you of hazards and potentially dangerous conditions, as well as contribute their own observations. Avanet can be used as a field safety aid and planning tool, navigation app, and your track logger. Avanet is a free iOS app.

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Ski track

Ski tracks is one of the most popular skiing apps out there. It is very simple and you might find the graphics not too fancy but it gets the job done. The app collects a comprehensive field data, including maximum and average speed, total distance traveled and slope angle. All of these metrics can then be logged, divided into different runs and plotted out on a map. The app is available for iOS and Android and it costs $.99 but it’s worth it.

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Endomondo

If you want to keep all your sport activities in a single app, Endomondo – one of the most popular fitness apps, gives you quite advanced skiing tracking features. The app takes advantage of GPS in a similar manner to tracking your jogging but it’s enough for the most of less advanced skiers. Endomondo offers a free apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

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