The time of snow and skiing is approaching: whoever owns an iPod touch or an iPhone is accompanied in his sport by a "wise" ally, always informed of weather conditions or on the slopes.
The list of programs that can suit those who love to spend the weekend between ski-lifts, chair lifts and descents in the valleys of the Italian and foreign mountains is very long: specific applications for weather forecasts and to have a look at the state of the various stations, they are wasted.
Eighloops GmbH (2.39 euros; click here to download), for example, presents snow conditions and quality, kilometers of prepared slopes, open lifts, map of the slopes, weather conditions and weather forecast. The developer boasts information on more than 80% of the stations and a collaboration with the website www.schneehoehn.de. Application also in Italian.
The Snow Report (free, English only) specializing in weather forecasting on Alpine resorts. The most "current" feature is the connection to Twitter; it also integrates a geolocation system to reach your favorite place. We are warned with a push notification when the snow arrives in a location that interests us. Numerous Italian locations are listed.
Snow depth (0.79 euro, click here to download) presents the snow depth in all the main European ski resorts. You can have up to 10 locations at a glance which we will classify as a favorite. The data is downloaded several times a day and for this reason the information is always very precise. Interface also in Italian.
View2Ski – Sci Webcams (free, also in Italian) instead intended for those who want to see with their own eyes the conditions of a certain ski resort. In its database there are in fact webcams of numerous places where skiing is practiced. You can select the country, city and camera. You can also ask to add ski resorts of our interest if we know that it activates a webcam.
Ski touring (free, also in Italian) aimed, as the name of the application says, at anyone who practices this sport. In the database you can store the excursions, from the GPS of the starting point, checklist of things to bring. In the application there are commercials, videos, product tests and photo galleries.
iTrailMap (free, only in Italian), contains a long series of maps of the ski slopes with the various lifts; a more advanced version, called 3D shows the slopes in three dimensions, with slopes and gullies, uses GPS, records the altitude difference, records the route, downloads the maps directly on the iPhone. The cost of 3.99
iSki Austria (free, in Italian) offers all the information about the Austrian ski resorts you need at your fingertips. Including weather, open lifts, snow conditions and slopes; Finally, Verbier Mobile (2.39 euros; click here to download) all oriented on the popular French station, with more than 700 local services and the map of the slopes.