iPhone App Review – Alpine Replay – Skiing Statistics and Social Networking

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AlpineReplay is a social network for skiers and snowboarders that I helped test in private beta over the course of this season. The focus of AlpineReplay is on stats. With an Android or iPhone they measure your speed, airtime, vertical, Calories, distance, and more. Your day is separated by run, with the names of chairlifts identified on each run you take. Users get a basic set of stats right on their phone and can log in when back at home to see much more detailed data, compare and compete with friends, post their visit to Facebook or Twitter, and replay their runs in 3D. They launched publicly a couple of months ago and have gained a growing and avid user base from beginners first learning to ski, to several members of the Australian Olympic team.

When logging in, the first page you come to is your dashboard. It’s great for seeing a snapshot of your season and what your AlpineReplay friends have been up to. At a glance you can see your season totals and where you rank in the leaderboard by category.

Alpine Replay - iPhone Ski Statistics and Social Network
Alpine Replay - iPhone Ski Statistics and Social Network

Data junkies rejoice. The stats page is where you get in depth details on each of your runs for a specific day. Each run has the lift you took, max / sustained / average speed, vertical, calories, distance, airtime, number of jumps and a graph of speed and altitude by the second. Each visit also has a unique URL which you can share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. For example, here the public page for my last visit to Buller.

Alpine Replay - iPhone Ski Statistics and Social Network
Alpine Replay - iPhone Ski Statistics and Social Network

It’s always fun to see where you compare with other people. For that there’s the leaderboard which allows you to see your ranking in the AlpineReplay universe for nearly any parameter you can imagine.

My highest current ranking is in Calories (9th) although I seem to be dropping lower and lower on a weekly basis! Good to know how hard you have to ski to earn that hot dog from Koflers!

Alpine Replay - iPhone Ski Statistics and Social Network
Alpine Replay - iPhone Ski Statistics and Social Network

There are other features like challenges–enter into a competition on airtime the next time you and your friends hit the mountain–and 3D replay which is pictured below:

Alpine Replay - iPhone Ski Statistics and Social Network
Alpine Replay - iPhone Ski Statistics and Social Network

All in all, the AlpineReplay ski app is very easy to use, gives great stats, and even better functionality on the website. The development team is very responsive to requests and feedback which is always nice to see with a new tool such as this. If you head to the Northern Hemi this summer, or if you’re already getting ready for next Winter, I suggest you give AlpineReplay a try!

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