With apps gaining huge popularity among snow sports enthusiasts, I've decided to add a page about them, covering the latest innovations as I hear about them. Unusually, I'm going to use the press releases I receive for this rather than write articles myself, mainly because I don't use apps myself as I am the only person left in the world who does not use cellphones! Please feel free to send me details and reviews about your favourites. Here's the first press release:

Olympic Champion and U.S. Team Alumni Launch Ski Nation App

Durango, CO (November 13, 2014) – Former U.S. Ski Team member Jack Turner, announced the official launch of the Ski Nation mobile application available now on iOS (iPhone).  Android version launches Friday, November 21, 2014.

The Ski Nation mobile app features updated snow conditions*, trail reports, trail maps, photos, and resort information for more than 950 ski areas in North America, a list that’s expected to grow as more “off-the-radar” areas are found. All ski venues are pre-loaded including downhill alpine areas, cross-country, and even ski jumps. The list includes major resorts, regional areas, local ski hills, and community facilities.

Skiers and snowboarders can also collect free digital pins to track a lifetime of all the places they’ve been, how many seasons on snow, gear preferences, skill, and more.

“It’s the modern version of old-school ski pin collecting,” says Jack Turner.  “Ski areas large and small have submitted unique designs that users can keep in an online pin collection.  They’re in one place, won’t get lost, and digital ski pins don’t rust.”

“Ski Nation is for all skiers regardless of age, experience, skill, or their home mountain,” says Olympic Gold Medalist, World Champion, and co-founder, Billy Demong**. “This is the first app that includes alpine, cross country, and ski jumping.”

The first version of Ski Nation is a starting platform to build an open, independent, and comprehensive network for skiers and industry members to connect.

“Our idea is that Ski Nation will be built by skiers without control by a single resort, manufacturer, media company, or marketing agency,” says Turner.  “There’s a need for a broad-based free flow of information and a way for small ski area operators and gear companies to participate in the mobile app arena.”   

For skiers, it’s free and their personal information is secure. In addition to ski area vitals, the mobile app rotates trivia tidbits to engage users in the rich history and culture of riding snow. Future plans include the opportunity for resorts, gear companies, and sponsors to make information and offers available directly to skiers on an opt-in basis. 

“This is a humble start to a never-ending work in progress,” says Turner. “We’re a grassroots, bootstrap operation and success is only possible with the support and participation of skiers, snowboarders, and industry members across the continent. After that we’ll go global.”

Download the free Ski Nation mobile app at, App Store, or (Nov. 21 Google Play)
Twitter: @SkiNation
Instagram: TheSkiNation

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