Document Your Dirty Winter Deeds
In the snow life, you’re judged by a few unique factors. Along with the ability to wear the same disgusting long underwear for three weeks at a time, is the gratuitous oozing of last season’s exploits into every possible conversation. Some do it in the classiest of manners: “Oh, The Capitol Cliffs? Great for you—congratulations! You know, I remember the first time that my 10-year old niece and I hucked doubles off of that … Four years ago, if I’m not mistaken? But that’s neither here nor there—nice work!”
And, well, some do not: “Wut, you only bagged 63 days last season? Ha-ha! Yo, boys! Get ovah heah and take a load of dis goon! Damn, bro—I had 107 dayses by freakin’ March—with a broken arm!!” (“…Jabroni!”)
Thankfully, it’s high time for the Boasting Bro days to come to an end. With all the new geo-technology and snowboard integration available in phones, MP3 players, season passes, and POV cams this season, we can all finally track and prove our winter epics in style.
Here we go: five pages of prime digital goods that you just can’t live (a.k.a. claim) without.
… Twitter feeds, optional.
100 Days Of Winter
All About The Benjamins
Kicking things off is a strong candidate for snowboard App of the year. The Rome Snowboards 100 Day Tracker counts your days on the hill, publishes your photos, and adds in all kinds of mad extras (including weather, crew, tricks, runs, snowfall, etc) about your season for the ultimate winter yearbook—all from your iPhone or iPod Touch. What’s more, you can watch ShredTV videos, check out local shops, and when the logging is done and the touch screen glosses over like a Jersey Shore nightclub on industry night, you can torture your 8 a.m.-class-having-friends by publicly sharing all the juicy details right on RomeSnowboards.com.
The 100 Day Tracker is easy to use, fun to play around with, and doesn’t require cell service or Wi-Fi to get ‘er done.
Oh, and it’s 100% free. Holler.
**Special Blogging Tip: The “share” is just as important as the capture. Buddy passed on an epic session? @JohnSmith that dude ’til he cries.**
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POV Me, Baby
Find Your Way Back Into The Storm
Everyone and their mom has a POV cam these days. Love ’em (epic snow day) or hate ’em (forced to watch your buddy’s epic snow day), their uses are a-plenty, with personal (uploading pow footy), professional (filming HD video projects), and even, well, private (um … never mind …) applications proving them to be both impressive and versatile shred capture tools.
But wait. Can your “must-share mini-cam” shoot pro-level HD—while simultaneously keeping logs on your elevation, location, riding speed, etc—and then continue to seamlessly share your badass straightline (/ragdoll) adventures with the world? Not ’til you pick up one of these little black beauties, Betty.
The Contour HD GPS documents your travels while you shred, with exclusive software to edit and boast with once the day is done.
If the YES team backs it, it must be the goods. Romain De Marchi and DCP find their way through the pow, going full frontal POV with Contour.
*** Added Bonus! Contour just unveiled their new iPhone connection, offering a live viewfinder to all your first-person snow-ventures. Check the press release for the full story, available HERE. ***
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R.F. I DO
Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride …
Shred-ometer. Vail Resorts Inc. debuted EpicMix this season, their on-hill geo-tracking and sharing system for every slash, hike, ride, and exploratory mission out on the slopes. Radio (RFID) chips are planted into all season passes and PEAKS tickets at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Heavenly, communicating with computers (we don’t what kind or where. We assume Big Brother is involved …) to track your vertical, laps, days, and much more. The EpicMix info then transfers to your online social page, where you can win badges for completing goals (five rides on the T-Bar wins you the “Mr. T” badge), track your progress, and size up with all the other shred-hounds in Vail-land.
No assembly required—all you have to do is shred, and the chips will take care of the rest.
**Extra Shred-it: Many resorts, clubs, bars, and shops offer loyalty programs for their best patrons. More than just a couple bucks off your burger because you once knocked boots with the waiter/waitress, huge discounts can be gained simply by “checking in”. Hit up foursquare.com for more.**
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