Ski and snowboard with Active Fitness and Winter Sports at National Academy

Winter Sports app, a snow sports app built on Active Fitness cloud platform, has for a long time been the best kept secret ski app for tracking your skiing and snowboarding: it allows snow sports lovers to track skiing while disconnected, has thousands of ski resorts data, supports tracking with your smart phone (and now with 3D maps!) or wearables, has tracking battery life for more than 12 hours of non-stop tracking, plus anything you need to track during apres-ski time.

Winter Sports app truly cares about snow-sports community, by participating in professional ski and snowboards events, contributing to education and really being a grass root community of skiers and snowboarders.

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Today we’ll join National Academy, an annual professional ski in snowboard instructors event in Breckenridge, Colorado to ski and ride with top national ski and snowboard professionals and see how we can use Winter Sports app to track our elevation, impress buddies on chairlifts and more.

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Snow-storm in Denver dumped more than 4-5 feet of fresh powder in April over the course of two weeks. More than enough for the end of the ski season.

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Winter Sports app is very easy to use: at the beginning of your ski day simply start tracking and the app diligently keeps counting your runs, speed, elevation and statistics.

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What’s really cool about the app is its voice announcements features. The app detects when you are done with your run and reads you statistics on the chair lift up to a massive enjoyment of your lift buddies. For single riders it’s a great conversation starter! At the end of the day the app also shows you all your runs, displaying your highest elevation points and speed:

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Winter Sports app uniquely supports Telemark Skiing

Winter Sports is the only app that supports Telemark in addition to Ski and Snowboard. Most apps simply focus on running and cycling, but Active Fitness has more than 50 activities to chose from!

 

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Telemark with Jim Shaw, Scott McGee and Charlie McArthur

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We had a chance to telemark with all three of legendary authors and contributors to the official Telemark Technical Manual and track our telemark skiing with Winter Sports app and Microsoft Band. How lucky we are!? This is an incredible luck to hit the slopes in this company. As far as I know, Winter Sports app is the only app in the work that tracks telemark as a separate activity, and Microsoft Band when connected to Winter Sports app can actually show you telemark performance vs other fellow freeheelers. I doubt I can compete with National Telemark Team members, such as Charlie McArthur, Scott McGee or Jim Shaw, but I feel that my modest app contribution to telemark as a sport was well received by professionals!

Conveniently, you can see your and your friends’ trails in the app:

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How to use Winter Sports app and Microsoft Band while Skiing

Winter Sports app expands Microsoft Band with snow-sport related activities: skiing, snowboarding, telemark, cross-country and more.

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How to use 3D Maps with Winter Sports app

Skiers and snowboarders care about elevations and mountains they ski! With Winter Sports app you can now view and share gorgeous trails you ski in 3D:

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How to share on Facebook, Twitter, Vkontakte etc with Winter Sports app

Winter Sports app is very social and allows you to post your trails live on Facebook, Twitter, VKontakte, Instagram and other social networks! Simply hit share button on any of your trails. Users can also attach images and pictures to trails.

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How to check how many steps you made

Checking how many steps you made is easy with step-counter. The app automatically tracks your steps or turns and shows you statistics and charts.

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Social action photography with Winter Sports

Winter Sports has always been a strong app for action photos. You can take photos or attach pictures to trails and activities and share them on social networks.

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Training with Winter Sports

Winter Sports has built-in training programs that track interval activity, for example for hiking, walking or cross-country skiing.

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Statistics and data from more than 2,000 ski resorts

Winter Sports has snow reports and data from more than 2,000 ski resorts worldwide.

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San Francisco with Active Fitness and Microsoft Band

For //BUILD Active Fitness announced it expands Microsoft Band with 50+ new activities and helps conserving GPS battery for up-to 24 hours via clever programming. Today, to play with that we will make a trip to San Francisco, to enjoy a sunny day by the Golden Gate bridge, have oyster po’boy, tuna tartar, ride some bike, buy some t-shirts, check the new awesome Active Fitness Windows 10 app with Microsoft Band integration. After searching for some trails on Active Fitness website, I came up with this route, and may be thinking of crossing Golden Gate and having a lunch in Sausalito:

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The plan is also to post some pictures on Active Fitness, Facebook and Twitter and overall enjoy ourselves while riding a bike around San Francisco. I’ll use Microsoft Band which has Cycling built in, but at the bike rental shop I had a mountain bike, wouldn’t it be cool to use Mountain Bike tracking? With 50+ activities added by Active Fitness, there’s a chance you can find your favorite activity. I simply added Mountain Bike to the band.

Et voila!

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Our morning starts at Golden Gate Ferry Terminal, with a poached egg, grits, bacon and café au lait at Cowgirl Creamery, which looks like this:

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Opening my Active Fitness Windows 10 app, I find some fresh trails near San Francisco. So the idea is to rent a bike, ride it towards Golden Gate, cross it, have a lunch at Sausalito and then ride back. Have a dinner at a Ferry Terminal market. Sound good? Let’s go!

Crossing Golden Gate, I stopped in Sausalito, to have a lunch and check Active Fitness app and the Microsoft Band, results looking good, I have >12 miles on my Band, and it’s been over 6 hours, the Band is still fully charged because Active Fitness uses phone battery to track GPS, so Band battery is almost full!

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A lunch at Trident restaurant in Sausalito: tuna tartar is highly recommended, as well as crabcakes and large bottles of sparkling water.

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After lunch, I decide not to take an easy way back via ferry, and instead cross Golden Gate bridge back to San Francisco on the bike: that’s another 12 miles trip and quite a bit of steep elevation. My heart rate is at 170 bpm, Microsoft Band diligently tracks that.

One of the coolest features of Active Fitness is its ability to post pictures just like Instagram, but you can associate it with sports activities. So everything I track, I also attach pictures to document my journey. Simply brilliant!

After the day is over, it’s hard to believe I made 25 miles, crossed San Francisco, Golden Gate bridge, made it to Sausalito and tested Active Fitness and Microsoft Band integration! Have a wonderful weekend!

To learn more about Microsoft Band and Active Fitness integration, check:

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Monaco with Active Fitness

Monaco is a tiny country in Europe: with Active Fitness app I walked around the country and even won a few euros in world famous Monaco Casino. Today I’ll share this adventure. As always the trail is available on Active Fitness website.

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Monaco is a very rich country. Expensive and exotic cars are parked everywhere, so if you are looking for a good looking cars from above $200K, you won’t be disappointed:
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You can’t miss a walk along the Monaco bay, this is where most of country, which is just 2.5 miles long located.
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Hiking a few steps, and you’ll reach Monte Carlo Grand Casino, the place where millions of euros are won and lost. I played Blackjack and was lucky to win a few euros!
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This year Monte Carlo Casino is decorated as a Russian fairy tale, with Russian dolls standing in front of the Casino:
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Back to the port of Monaco, where luxury boats are everywhere:
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Any hike in Monte Carlo is beautiful, enjoy!

Ushuaia – the End of the World

Ushuaia is officially the end of the world, Antarctica is just a boat ride away. After a 3 hour flight from Buenos Aires we arrive in the airport of Ushuaia. As we fly over mountains, the reach of Antarctica becomes visible:

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Ushuaia sky can be very dramatic. If you have time to take a boat along Beagle Channel, it’s one of the best adventures and is well worth the time.

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We used Active Fitness to track this walk from downtown to Museo Maritimo. Downtown Ushuaia is full of shops and restaurants: local crab is something really worth tasting.
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If you have time to ski, Cerro Castor is a great ski resort about half an hour drive from Ushuaia. With Active Fitness we had a chance to visit it with Cerro Castor for the Interski event with the US team of Professional Ski and Snowboard instructors. Great place to ski or ride!
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