APP OF THE DAY: Satski review (Android, iPhone, WP7, BlackBerry)
We've already features some tip top snow-based apps in our SnowWeek app of the day slot, including survival tips Bear Grylls stylee and a learn to ski 101, but it's now time for something that'll help the would-be skier/snowboarder find their way around the piste.
And as luck would have it we have the very thing, which not only should enable you to avoid getting lost in the snow and ice but in the unlikely event that you do, give you the means to send for some help.
- Android Market/iTunes/WindowsMarketPlace/BB App World
There are plenty of GPS-based apps for smartphones, which no doubt function very well, but if you're serious enough about your skiing to warrant a piece of software that can map your route and beam your precise whereabouts, you want something that will do the job and do it well. This is precisely what Satski should deliver, and so it should at a £3.99 asking price.
One of the best things about this app is its offline capabilities, as after you've worked out where you want to go you just download the relevant map from the Satski website, and it's all help offline ready for you to use - very handy when there's poor connection.
Other features include geotagging photos; buddy tracking, as long as your "buddy" has the app downloaded; Real Time Replays, which allow you to review the slopes you have skied as well as see how far you've travelled, and a whole host of resort info (emergency services, doctors, police, fire services, tourist information, restaurants, ski hire shops, ski schools, hotel information etc.)
If that little lot wasn't enough, it can also get you out of a fix by providing crucial information to emergency services. At the press of a tab the Satski software will allow the user in an emergency situation to send their exact location coordinates to Mountain rescue/ Piste security (Longitude and Latitude) as well as their mobile phone number.
There's a wealth of resorts in the data base, the full list of which can be found on the Satski website. If you're going Skiing and want to be in the know, then this really is a peach.