Ski Tracks and Celestial [VIDEO]

Yesterday I went snowboarding with Adam. It was a great time (it’s difficult to have a bad day snowboarding, and nearly impossible with such excellent company). It was a Saturday and we had recently had some fresh snow, so Sunday River was pretty busy on the most popular lifts and trails. The weather, while a bit windy and cold, was not a factor and we enjoyed a wonderful blue bird day.

Adam and I explored the mountain
Adam and I explored the mountain

This post, however, is about the amazing iPhone app, Ski Tracks. Coincidentally, Adam bought this app for me just last week. It’s fantastic! It uses the iPhone’s GPS to record location and altitude and uses this information to calculate speeds, slope, whether on a lift or a trail, distance and duration. It then outputs these metrics in handy tables, graphs and maps by the entire day or individual runs.

Ski Tracks data from the day
Ski Tracks data from the day

Altitude and speed graphs
Altitude and speed graphs
The animation is the best feature
The animation is the best feature
Each run can be analyzed
Each run can be analyzed

On the map screen you can replay the day as an interactive video. If that’s not enough you can export the data to Google Earth and play the “Preview” there. I screencasted our jaunt through the glades so you can see just how cool this app can be.

Celestial is a double black diamond!
Celestial is a double black diamond!

As I was approaching the end of Celestial there was a drop of several feet with a fluffy heap of fresh pow at the base. I’m not yet comfortable when I can’t feel terra firma beneath my board, so the landing was less than graceful. No doubt my feet did go over my head, but only a generous friend would characterize the feat as a “front flip.” Thank you, Adam.

Not exactly a front flip
Not exactly a front flip

If you ski, ride, hike, or spend time outside I highly recommend Ski Tracks (99¢).

If you’d like to view the KMZ file from my day riding with Adam, get it here ~> SRAdamCourtemanche.kmz
Open the file in Google Earth and click “Preview” to watch our day.

5 Comment

  1. Brent,
    That was a perfect day of skiing in Maine! I’m not entirely sure why I waited until just before March to hit the slopes. I had a good time reading your post. I’m telling you, it WAS a front flip! haha.

    The video doesn’t do those glades any justice. That was a complicated run, but well worth it. It probably would have been much easier and natural had we been breaking new ground. I dislike being boxed into following the path of previous skiers/boarders. I think, the entire time, “I’m not ready to turn yet.” It’s especially difficult with trees on both sides.

    I’m looking forward to the next adventure.

    1. It was pretty epic. Can’t wait to hit the slopes again with you Saturday.

      No, the video doesn’t do the glades justice. Next time the camera will come out I didn’t take a single picture of us that day. :(

  2. Aside from making me feel a bit queezy, that google earth video is amazing! Oh, the engaging education potential!

    thanks for sharing.

    Sarah

    1. Wicked! Data is great, especially when visualized in ways that are intuitive and illuminating. Imagine the possibilities. :)

  3. […] the season I’m feeling very comfortable on my board and eager to fly. We were all using the Ski Tracks iPhone app to monitor our speeds, distance, position, etc. The first run Sunday I clocked 38 MPH while […]

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