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Our Top 5 Essential Ski Trip Apps (and advice) for Your Phone

Make your next ski trip that little techier, with these top five ski trip apps for your smartphone.

It’s around this time of year that the lucky ones among us are heading off to play in the snow again.

Whether you’re a casual blue slope and straight to après-ski, or one of those types that takes a chopper to the top of the mountain in search of the tasty powder – be sure to keep your smartphone with you.

Essential Ski Trip Apps

A week on the slopes wouldn’t be complete without some handy apps to keep the fun times rolling, and to make your time away from home just a little bit more chilled. So, be sure to get these bad boys downloaded before you board your flight.

1) Google Translate App

Handy for wherever you’re heading; Google Translate comes with over 103 languages included. The feature that we really love is the instant camera translation, which is available in 38 languages.

Download for free from Google Play and the App Store.

2) BBC Weather App

So you can plan your days out on the slopes, keep and eye on the snow forecast and make sure you get on the fresh powder first, make sure you get a weather app. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Download for free from Google Play and the App Store.

3) Powder – Alpine Simulator App

Get addicted to this endless runner game, crucial for a whiteout day, to kill some time at the airport or on the coach transfer. Plus, it might get you in the mood for some serious shredding, or frustrate the hell out of you. Either way, it’s a winner with us.

Download for free from Google Play and the App Store.

4) Crystal Ski Explorer App

Try this one out for size, Slope lovers. Crystal Ski has its own app packed with resort info, ski runs, friend tracking, maps, weather forecasts, as well as lift and slope info for certain resorts. Pretty neat.

Download for free from Google Play and the App Store.

5) Instagram App and Layout from Instagram App

Show everyone what a great time you’re having. Jump onto Instagram, filter away, (and snap amazing shots like the one below), or why not create a Boomerang of that epic jump you just did? You can also make great collage photos with Layout from Instagram, if you have the app installed.

Download Instagram for free from Google Play and the App Store.

Download Layout from Instagram for free from Google Play and the App Store.

Slope Phone Safety

Breaking your mobile phone on the slopes, a most chilling thought when concerning your most loved pocket companion. Well fear not mobile fans, here are some ideas to keep your phone safe.

1) Get Mobile Phone Insurance

Well it goes without saying, make sure you have insurance for your smartphone. There are so many things that could go wrong, and when you’re in a different country, it will certainly ruin your day, if not the entire holiday.

Grab some not so bitterly priced mobile phone insurance right here, via our sister company, Insure My Pocket.

2) Keep Your Phone Warm and Dry

Well, as warm and dry as you can in the mountains. You can pick up a clear zip lock waterproof bag pretty cheap these days. The bags are great for keeping your phone dry and usable, as you can easily access it to take photos galore without taking it out the bag.

Although mobile phones are stringently tested in harsh environments, sometimes your phone might decide it doesn’t like the cold. As you’ve already got loads of layers on, keep your mobile easily accessible on the layer beneath your coat. It will benefit from the extra body heat.

3) Keep Your Phone Away from Your Ski Pass

If you can help it, keep your ski pass away from your smartphone. There’s always the potential they may interfere with one another and effect whether your pass decides to work or not. After all, it would be a bit awkward if you hold up the queue for the lifts, so better safe than sorry.

Roam Like You Mean It

Whether you’re heading to Europe or further afield such as Japan, USA, or Canada. Why not take advantage of the roaming benefits of your mobile phone contract deal?

With EE, take your minutes, texts and data with you to 53 destinations on a 4GEE Max Plan. This includes Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and USA. Why EE?

With Three, there are now 71 destinations across the globe to enjoy Feel At Home, including the USA, Australia, Germany, Portugal and Greece. Why Three?

If you choose Vodafone, then you’ll get to enjoy Global Roaming and take your plan’s data, minutes and texts to 50 destinations worldwide. Why Vodafone?

Before you head off for après-ski beers, check out our range of smartphones at and pick up a bargain to accompany your next ski trip.

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