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    Improve your ski trip by using Ski Nation

    John Emmert
    01.13.15
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    We are right in the middle of the ski season and I am sure lots of you are planning ski vacations, ski weekends, or just a day or two on the slopes. Ski Nation will make that planning easier for you and provide you with live information directly from more than one thousand ski resorts and areas. This free universal app runs on iOS 7.0 or later.

    Once you complete the simple registration process Ski Nation will give you access to ski areas in the United States and Canada. Users can select one of the resorts or areas to receive detailed information about the current conditions. You can sort the ski areas by types of skiing available, alpine, cross country, or ski jumping. The list can also be displayed by the name of the resort, the country it's located in or what state it is in. Ski Nation lists the resort's website URL, mailing address, and current temperature on the resort home page. From there users can delve deeper to access the ski areas' trail maps, a snow and trail report, and a map showing the location of the resort.

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    The most useful data is in the Snow and Trail report. Here users will find information on the current snow conditions such as the average depth of the base, the primary surface conditions, and the latest and most recent snowfall information. Additionally the report lists details on how many lifts and trails are available, the total acreage available for skiing and the resorts operational hours. For snowboarders and freestylers, Ski Nation provides information on what pipes and parks are open and where they can be found on the mountain.

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    Ski Nation tracks where you ski and how many days by issuing users pins from the resorts you visit. The app awards you a pin for each day you spend skiing at the resort or you can collect pins from previous trips. All these can then be shared with friends right in the app via the major social network outlets and email.

    Ski Nation screenshots

    About a month ago, I reviewed the Ski Buddy app. Users might consider grabbing that app along with Ski Nation. The Ski Nation app prepares you for your day and assists you in getting around. Ski Buddy is aimed at tracking just what you do during the time you spend on the mountain. Ski Buddy records all of your runs and provides information on your downhill speeds, the distance you travel, the change in elevation from the top to the bottom of your run and how many runs you do each day. It provides all this data in real time and has an audio alert users can hear through ear buds or headphones.

    Ski Nation offers a lot of information you will need to know to get started on your trip and as such is worth downloading before your next ski trip. Combining it with Ski Buddy should give you all you need to enjoy your time on the mountain.

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