Do you remember when technology on the slopes meant a walkman or a two-channel walkie-talkie? Well times have changed, and with the advent of smart phones, affordable GPS and MP3 players, skiers and riders are enhancing their days on the mountain with all types of gadgetry. Below we detail the latest and greatest to help you get the most out of your day on the hill.
GoPro HD Hero2
In 2009, GoPro changed the helmet-cam game when they released the original HD Hero. With last month's release of the HD Hero2, GoPro has raised the bar ever higher. This new helmet cam has a two-times-faster processor than the original, shoots 1080p HD video and 11 megapixel photos. The HD Hero2 is also compatible with GoPro's Wi-Fi BacPac, allowing you to instantly stream your footage to your peeps.
2011 Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator
Since the first generation of iPods hit shelves, mp3 players have been in the pockets of skiers and riders around the world. Chances are the wire snaking out of those pockets leads to a set of Skullcandy headphones—the preferred on-mountain headphones because of their sound quality, durability and comfort. While you're more likely to find Jay-Z poppin' bottles at the Little Nell than hiking Highland Bowl, you can now "Roc" his headphones on the mountain. The Roc Nation Aviators feature platinum sound performance, a stashable travel design and slick optics-inspired speaker housings.
Suunto Core Extreme Edition
Remember when a watch with a calculator was high tech? At that time, a watch with an altimeter, barometer, compass and depth meter would have had to have come from Q's lab made especially for James Bond. Today, you don't have to be 007 to sport a watch with all of those features. Suunto conceived the Core Extreme Edition to give you a watch that tracks ascent and descent rates up to 29,500 feet with an altimeter, helps predict weather trends with a barometer and has a digital compass that allows you to sight lock and follow a bearing.
Olympus Tough TG-810
Olympus made the most-burly "point and shoot" camera on the market explicitly for outdoor enthusiasts. The bomber Tough TG-810 is waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof enough to withstand nearly a seven foot drop, freezeproof to 14 degrees and crushproof enough to withstand 220 pounds of pressure. If that's not enough, it shoots 3D photos and 720p HD movies, has 14 megapixel image quality, a 5x wide angle optical zoom, a three inch LCD screen and built in GPS to landmark exactly where you yard-saled below that 20-foot cliff.
Apple iPhone 4S
$199 (qualified customers only)
Much like previous iPhones, this thing can do it all... only faster and better than its predecessors. Want to snap a photo of your buddy doing a mute grab in the park? Use the eight megapixel camera. Want to grab some edit of the sick line you just floated? Shoot it in full 1080p HD. Do you just have to listen to that G N' R track off of your computer before your first run? Wirelessly push it to your iPhone using iCloud. Need to set an alarm so you don't miss first chair? Just ask Siri, iPhone's new intelligent assistant that's there to help with whatever you need.
Ski Report App
We almost forget the coolest thing you can do on your iPhone 4S (or Android phone)... check out the latest snow conditions from the OnTheSnow Ski Report App (please excuse the shameless plug). Not only does OTS's new app give you useful info like conditions, cams, stats and forecasts from resorts all over the world, it also provides first-hand data from skiers and riders that have skied those mountains. Post a comment from the chair after an epic run, pushing peeps to the other side of the mountain and away from your pow stash.