Be your best from the moment you hit the slopes this year with Snow Fitness Workouts. These home workouts are designed to target the muscles essential for skiing and snowboarding, and will help improve your strength and stamina while reducing your chances of season-ending injury on the mountain.
Get It: $1.99 on iPhone
Tired of those old paper trail maps? Not me; in fact, I've collected enough to wallpaper my bathroom, but I digress. If you're tired of navigating by paper map, REALSKI turns your smartphone into an "augmented reality" guide to many of North America's top ski resorts. This futuristic app uses your phone's camera, compass and GPS functions to pinpoint landmarks and points of interest relative to your location. Plus, it can track your route and all your stats throughout the day.
Get It: FREE on iPhone
Thanks to Powder Alert, the days of waking up at dawn for early-morning snow reports are over. All you have to do is program this handy little app with your favorite resorts, new snow threshold, and desired wake-up time before you go to sleep—your phone will wake you if fresh snow fell overnight, and continue to keep you updated throughout the day with reports powered by OnTheSnow.com.
Get It: $2.99 on iPhone (or get the FREE Lite Version); also, WakeMeSki is a FREE app for Android that does the same thing
While it isn't likely you'll be stranded in a blizzard anytime soon (though you'll probably encounter your fair share of snowy road on the way to the mountain), you can still prepare for it by downloading the Winter Survival Kit. Just press the big red button and your phone turns into an emergency sidekick, determining your location and making it easy to contact emergency services. It will even help you figure how much longer your gas will last (if you're lucky enough to be stranded in a car), as well as offer tips on how to conserve it.
Get It: FREE on iPhone and Android
Between the short days and the brutal weather, winter can be really tough on your body and your mind. Good thing there's iTherapy—a comprehensive guide to alternative therapies—to help you decide on an appropriate remedy. Whether you need acupuncture or "Japanese cosmo lifting" therapy, iTherapy will provide you with a wealth of information and advice on your non-traditional treatment.
Get It: $1.99 on iPhone