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What Now: iSkier

What Now: iSkier

Smartphones are becoming as critical a component of a ski day as snow. Resorts are responding, working to stay continually connected to customers on the hill—and at home.

The small screen is revolutionizing the way skiers chase snow, ride lifts and even share their adventures. But is this something to tweet about?

Standing on a high peak in the Wasatch Range, Thomas Cooke wondered if the snow conditions had changed since he embarked on a daylong backcountry ski tour. Obtaining this information, miles from civilization, would have been difficult—if not impossible—just a few years ago. No longer.

Cooke pulled out his iPhone, went online and checked the latest advisory from the Utah Avalanche Center. “It’s nice to get snow safety updates and check the weather forecast without sitting at your computer,” says the Salt Lake City, Utah, digital development executive.

Deuter Edge Pack

Deuter Edge Pack
$139; www.deuter.com
Designed by a big-mountain skier and inspired by Deuter’s monocolor packs of the 1940s, the Edge is part of ski film star Eric Hjorleifson’s Signature Series. With a side ski-carrying system, full-circumference compression straps, signal whistle and tool pocket, it’s equipped for short touring trips. But at a compact 25 liters it’s also right-sized for a day at the resort.

Designed by a big-mountain skier and inspired by Deuter’s monocolor packs of the 1940s, the Edge is part of ski film star Eric Hjorleifson’s Signature Series. With a side ski-carrying system, full-circumference compression straps, signal whistle and tool pocket, it’s equipped for short touring trips. But at a compact 25 liters it’s also right-sized for a day at the resort.

$139; www.deuter.com

Zapz Custom Footbeds

Zapz Custom Footbeds
We still prefer the work of a custom bootfitter, but consider Zapz custom footbeds ($50) a cost-cutting alternative. Trim to fit, microwave, drop into your boots and stand buckled in. As the heat-activated gel cools, they mold to your feet. The heel pocket is deep and supportive, the fit superior to one-shape-fits-all stock insoles. In shops or online.
masterfitenterprises.com
Footwork Fancy

We still prefer the work of a custom bootfitter, but consider Zapz custom footbeds ($50) a cost-cutting alternative. Trim to fit, microwave, drop into your boots and stand buckled in. As the heat-activated gel cools, they mold to your feet. The heel pocket is deep and supportive, the fit superior to one-shape-fits-all stock insoles. In shops or online.
masterfitenterprises.com

Highgear Axio Mini

Highgear Axio Mini
Girls geek out, too. They want to know how much vertical they skied—and how quickly—just as much as the guys do. Finally someone took notice. With a barometer-controlled altimeter and 12-hour weather forecasting function, Highgear’s Axio Mini ($125) is technical enough for a man but small, light and stylish enough for a woman.
highgear.com
Wristy Business

Girls geek out, too. They want to know how much vertical they skied—and how quickly—just as much as the guys do. Finally someone took notice. With a barometer-controlled altimeter and 12-hour weather forecasting function, Highgear’s Axio Mini ($125) is technical enough for a man but small, light and stylish enough for a woman.
highgear.com

Win Detergent

Win Detergent
One of skiing’s dirty secrets: your stinky base layer. Today’s high-performance materials wick away moisture, but they stubbornly retain the eau de you after a sweaty day on the slopes, even after repeat washings. Not anymore. Specifically designed to sanitize workout wear, U.S. Ski Team–endorsed Win Detergent ($7) slays the smell at the microfiber level. Your gondola-mates will thank you.
windetergent.com
Sweet Smell of Success

One of skiing’s dirty secrets: your stinky base layer. Today’s high-performance materials wick away moisture, but they stubbornly retain the eau de you after a sweaty day on the slopes, even after repeat washings. Not anymore. Specifically designed to sanitize workout wear, U.S. Ski Team–endorsed Win Detergent ($7) slays the smell at the microfiber level. Your gondola-mates will thank you.
windetergent.com

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