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Ski Lodge 1.0.3

Ski Lodge has been updated to version 1.0.3 in the App Store. This release now shows the number of open trails and lifts at your resorts, and fixes a minor bug involving the display of temperature information.

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  • February 9th, 2009 12:10 pm

Ski Lodge 1.0.1 released, and sale priced

Ski Lodge 1.0.1 - Base Depths

Fast on the heels of Ski Lodge‘s release, I am today releasing the first update (1.0.1) to this ultimate snowfall, trail map, and overall mountain companion app.

This release brings support for display of base depths directly alongside recent snowfall info. This is a user preference, and like all preferences is available in the iPhone ‘Settings’ app. This release also adds support for simple reordering and deletion support in your Favorites list. These two simple changes help make Ski Lodge even easier to use and more helpful.

Looking forward, Ski Lodge 1.0.2 will be the App Store next week with even more great features.

As a bonus, in celebration of both this release and the holidays, Ski Lodge will be going on sale for $1.99, for a limited time only. This makes Ski Lodge perhaps the best value you’ll encounter this whole season. That $10 apr├Ęs hamburger will feel like unnecessary extravagance in comparison.

Introducing Ski Lodge for iPhone!

Ski Lodge (for iPhone) - Resort detail view

When I’m not writing code, you can often find me out in the wilds of British Columbia on my mountain bike in the summer or on the ski slopes during the winter. So, when I got my iPhone earlier this year it wasn’t long before an idea began to form about a user experience for the iPhone that would embrace and enhance the winter mountain lifestyle. This would be a niche product, for sure, but it’s a niche that I am passionate about.

So, I’m pleased today that this product is now a reality, having wound its way through the wilderness of the App Store review process. Today I’m introducing Ski Lodge (iTunes direct link), the ultimate companion experience for skiers and snowboarders alike. Ski Lodge brings together a plethora of interesting information on nearly 400 resorts in North America (Europe and the Southern Hemisphere coming soon!). First and foremost is constantly updated snow reports, along with live temperature data and resort cams, so you’ll know at a glance when to hit the slopes and when to stay home. Once you’re on the slopes, trail maps for every single resort are a tap away, fully zoomable and scrollable as you’d expect.

Ski Lodge (for iPhone) - Trail MapsThe features of this app are all wrapped within a lush experience, the most graphically rich one I’ve designed to date. The experience begins at your ‘Favorites’ list, where you can see snowfall and weather conditions for your hand-picked list of resorts. You can then drill down into each resort to get more detailed information such as the photos and trail map (complete with a cute graphical gauge showing you the relative number of green, blue, black, and double black runs on the hill).

Naturally I wanted Ski Lodge to be something that was something iPhone users could be proud of, and part of that is taking advantage of the iPhone’s unique capabilities. Case in point, Ski Lodge uses the iPhone’s GPS support to quickly show all the ski resorts in your geographic vicinity – great for when you’re in new surroundings or just as a way to use the app with zero configuration. Ski Lodge also integrates well with other iPhone apps. Each resort has a button that sends the resort’s geoposition to the Maps app, so you can get a satellite view or driving directions. And the iPhone is a phone after all, so each resort gives you a button that you can use to call the resort’s info line, for those times you need a human voice (or you need to call the ski patrol!).

Ski Lodge (for iPhone) - Resort list viewAs a final cherry-on-the-top feature (more for fun and not really central to the app), Ski Lodge has a sampling of ski news, where you can spend some time seeing what’s happening all around the ski universe. For those who are interested, this news section is actually a stripped down, purpose-built, ‘lite’ version of NewsFire for iPhone, so this is your chance to get a sneak peak of that. The challenge here will be finding good blogs to feature – if you know of one you’d like included, please let me know.

So, please give it a try and let me know what you think! I’m committed to pushing the user experience of this forwards over the coming weeks, but I think this is a solid start.

Thanks!

Note: If you are a blogger/media and would like to write about Ski Lodge, please send an email to get a free promo code for Ski Lodge.

Ski Lodge (for iPhone)

Ski Lodge (for iPhone)

Now on the iPhone App Store! (direct link)