OK Sugarloafers, loaf no more as the resort's new ski app is going to track your every move.
If you have been bragging about bagging half a dozen Bufflecuffers before lunch, and knocking off Narrow Gauge laps, "Sugarloaf Replay" will now track those stats so you can share them with your ski buddies. Sugarloaf's new downloadable app is free, for iPhone and Droid, allowing you to track your day and season on the mountain, clock your runs and vertical, your average and top speed for your own fun and challenge, and to share with friends at AlpineReplay.com and on Facebook.
So you don't have to take anyone at their word at the Widowmaker at day's end over drinks, instead check their Sugarloaf Replay. You can see their accumulated stats and compare yours with fellow Sugarloaf skiers and riders. For the uber-competitive Sugarloafer (you know who you are), the app offers a "challenge" function, a Leader Board, and 10 Sugarloaf medals you can earn through the season. See if you can crush as much cord as Crusher.
The Sugarloaf Replay app also provides The Loaf's daily snow and grooming reports, lift status, and streaming of Sugarloaf's tweets. Bonus, you can share your thoughts on today's conditions with the push of a button or click and call to reserve a table at The Brewhaus.
I presume this app would also indicate if you spend too much time at Bullwinkles, in the form of stalled vertical accumulation. Too bad this app wasn't available when Paul Schipper was skiing his streak of 3,903 consecutive ski days, but I guess he didn't need an app for that, he had his own inspiration.
So let the games begin and the beer bets overfloweth, now that your boasting can be backed up with GPS tracked data as proof.
Alpine Replay will be adding other New England ski resorts in the future, bringing more social media and technology to an already highly social, gadget obsessed circle of skiers.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.