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Ski apps to make the most of the mountain

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From page B3 | January 08, 2014 |

By Nicole Perlroth
Headed to the mountains? Here are some ski-friendly apps that will help you make the most of your trip.

* Liftopia (Free, iOS): Liftopia helps you ski cheaply. The app offers discounts of up to 80 percent off ski lift tickets and rentals at more than 150 ski resorts from Squaw Valley to Park City, Utah, and at resorts as far away as South America, Alaska and the Alps.

* EpicMix (Free, iOS and Android): Vail Resorts — which now owns Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar — has done an impressive job of modernizing the mountain. Vail’s EpicMix app integrates with the radio-frequency identification technology in its lift tickets. Every time you hop on a lift and scan your pass, the app charts how many trails and vertical feet you’ve covered.

* Ski Tracks (99 cents, iOS and Android): This app not only tracks your distance, but also your speed, altitude and slope angle, as well as the runs and vertical feet you’ve covered. But the best part is that it doesn’t require a cellphone signal to work, which is ideal on the mountain, where reception is often spotty.

* Realski (Free, iOS): This neat augmented reality app pulls in data from your phone’s camera, compass and GPS. All you have to do is aim your phone like a camera and the names of chairlifts, restaurants, lodges and restrooms pop up in the view. It will even show you how difficult — on a scale of green, blue or black — a ski run is. The app works at over 100 ski resorts in North America.

* Pano ($1.99, iOS; $3.06, Android): Cellphone cameras never quite do the mountain justice. Pano, a photo app, lets you aim your camera and move it along the view you want to capture, then merges the images together into surprisingly stunning panoramic shots.

* SnoWhere ($9.99, iOS): Back country enthusiasts would do well to augment their avalanche beacon with the SnoWhere app, which converts a phone’s GPS into a beacon. SnoWhere can help other users find you in the event you are lost, injured or — worst case situation — taken out by an avalanche.

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