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3 great snow apps for your next ski break

For many skiers the information weapon of choice is an app and the good news is you dont need to be a nerd with a head the side of a garden shed to understand how to use one. These days apps are simplier, smarter and faster so here are a three we think you should consider;

The Snow Report


Brought to your iPhone by The North Face, this snow report app looks clean and simple and does exactly what you would expect. If you’re planning a trip or already on your way, The Snow Report will give you up-to-date snow conditions in just a few seconds. You might get more information than you need, but the app’s design is clean, simple and easy to use. Get the latest weather updates, snowfall figures and even some real reports from skiers on the mountains.

Check out these features;

• International resort information (Metric results available in Settings)
• Resort Twitter feeds
• The North Face® News feed
• Avalanche advisory
• Image gallery
• Resort-based snow conditions with 24, 48 & 72 hour totals
• 5-day forecasts, including the day’s highs and lows and wind speed
• Trail maps
• Direct links to resort website and detailed forecast information
• The North Face® store locator
• Select, save and arrange your favourite resorts
• Pinpoint your resort location with Google maps
• Push notification alerts you when a “favourite” resorts gets snow

Although this app has been around for a while the recent newer version does seem a little sluggish. You can get more information about this app from itunes

Ski Location


Ski Location offers a vast amount of information on mountain areas across the globe. Information is currently available for 44 countries with over 1,000 locations listed.. and counting.. Skier, snowboarder, adrenaline junkie, alpine expert, mountaineer, ski guide, hiker, cyclist or just a general mountain goat - if you're interested in the hills then this app is for you!

Check out these features;

  • News Feeds: Mountain news from around the world filtered and collated in the app. Constantly reviewed and filtered to stay relevant
  • Live Weather: View the latest weather summary for an area.
  • Peak Locations: Record your high altitude exploits right on your iPhone! Simply open PeakLocation, add a high point and your altitude and location will be stored on the phone
  • Favourites: Mark several of the resorts in the app as "favourites" allowing you to quickly access them from the main menu
  • Resorts: Searchable, List all the resorts at once or list them divided by country, top 50 resorts by altitude, you have the ability to filter all resort lists by name. This gives you the ability to very quickly jump to any resort

This app claims to be the ultimate guide to mountain locations worldwide and I have to say that its not far from it. The app is relevant and useful and the reviews I have seen at itunes  don't have a bad word to say about it. You can find out more at



An app built for snow sport addicts by snow sports addicts! The Snocator iPhone app which uses location-enabled interactive trail maps to show you where you are on the mountain, with all the nearby lifts, runs, lodges, terrain parks, and more. Snocator also gets you the latest snow reports, surface and weather conditions, mountain cams, and up-to-the minute forecasts.

Check out these features;

Snocator gives you all the tools you need as a skier or snowboarder, on or off the mountain.

On the mountain:

See your current location on a map and what trail you're on (note: this will be less accurate for non-GPS iPhones)
Plan your next runs using interactive trail maps
Find the nearest spot to warm up, grab lunch, or get a hot drink
Find your friends - coming soon
Track your runs, speed, and vertical (and show it off on a map, later) - coming soon
Check the latest weather forecasts

Off the mountain:

Get snow reports: search resorts in order of largest snowfall and proximity to you
Check out views of the mountain from real-time mountain cams
Keep a list of your favourite resorts
Find the nearest resorts to you
Track your progress en-route to the slopes and see how far away you are

Although this app does boast a lot of features some reviews have been less satisfied with the quality and coverage it offers. This apps strongest feature has to be the 'location-enabled interactive trail maps' but remember this relies on GPS. Check out the apps full info at their website you can also check some independent reviews at itunes


So thats the apps sorted, now all you need is a place to stay. Search Bargain Villas for your next ski holiday property.


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 The rocky peaks of Switzerland have harboured ski resorts for more than a century. Some of the most extensive ski and snowboard regions in Switzerland are ultra modern creations that resemble a mash up of the star ship enterprise and the death star while others are a concentration of square apartment blocks like those you might see on the outskirts of Milan, Paris or Barcelona. But dont panic! There are alternitives for skiers that want that littler bit more freedom and comfort.

More and more people are choosing the rent private ski villas and chalets for their winter breaks. Here at Bargain Villas we have certainly seen our Ski villa traffic increase throughout popular resorts in Switzerland, Austria, France and Italy.

In fact last week we saw for the first time 3 Swiss locations creep into the top 10 searches on : Zermatt, Saas fee & Grindelward.

The popularity of private ski villa rental and chalets is largely due to the freedom and comprehensive facilities offered by owners and rental companies that really understand the high expectations and needs of travel savvy skiers.

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Happy skiing!