Review: BerrySki For BlackBerry

November 29, 2009 | By | 3 Comments

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I know there’s a lot of you who love to ski. And perhaps a few who are picking up skiing for the first time. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have an application that allows you to choose you the available ski resorts, as in the first fully offline GPS ski map software for the BlackBerry with analytics for skiers and snowboarder?

Introducing BerrySki. The description of the app is as follows:

Download maps for offline usage. Once the maps are downloaded, you don’t need the internet to view the maps and use the GPS for location and the other features supported by the app.

Pan/Zoom/Locate yourself on the mountain. The app supports pan/zoom and it has been specially prepared for use in ski resorts. Lodges/restaurants/Ticket Office/Parking/Skier drop off areas/lift types/runs are all marked in the downloaded maps. If your device is GPS enabled, or if you have a Bluetooth GPS puck, you can locate yourself on the mountain at any time.

With GPS, you can record your GPS tracks for analytics or to look at the mountain terrain you’ve covered when you get a break.

View Tracks Overlay. If you turn on track recording, at any time you can view the resort map with your tracks overlaid on the maps in a dark brown color. You can figure out with a glance which portion of the mountain you’ve covered and which trails have yet to be touched.

Live Track Animation. If you turn on track recording, you can play your track at any time. The track play shows you transversing as a red dot along the trail. The speed of the red dot is proportional to how fast you ski. You can see your speed at the bottom left corner of the phone screen.

Ski Track Analytics/Stats. If you turn on track recording you can look at detailed ski analytics for your tracks. This includes the name of each of each lift taken and in the order you took them, the runs and the order you took them, the name of the trails you’ve taken, and for each run you can see the distance skied, the average speed and max speed, and the time it took for the run. If you’ve skied multiple trails, you can view the name of each trail, and the details of each trail with average and max speed and time of each.

Ski Track Summary. If you turn on track recording you can view the summary of your recorded tracks. If you are an intermediate skier, you will see the maximum distance skied on blue trails. If you are an expert skier you’d find yourself most on the black runs or unknown trails. And of course you can see the green trails. So you can view the distance skied, average and max speeds, and times spent on them. You can see number of runs taken and the number of lifts taken.

AT & T and Sprint customers will be able to use this software on any BlackBerry if it is running 4.2 OS and up. With Verizon, the Storm and Tour devices are the only two with the GPS open to third party software.

These are the North American Ski Resorts the app works with:

  • California/Nevada
    Alpine Meadows, Bear Mountain, Bear Valley, Boreal, Heavenly, Homewood, Kirkwood, Mammoth, Mt. Rose, Northstar at Tahoe™, Sierra at Tahoe®, Sierra Summit, Snow Summit, Squaw Valley USA, Sugar Bowl
  • Colorado/New Mexico/Arizona
    Arapahoe Basin, Arizona Snowbowl, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Durango Mountain, Keystone, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Santa Fe, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunrise Park, Taos, Telluride, Vail, Winter Park, Wolf Creek
  • Northeast
    Bretton Woods, Jay Peak, Killington, Loon Mountain, Mad River Glen, Mt Snow, Okemo, Smugglers’ Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf/USA, Sunday River, Tremblant, Whiteface
  • Northwest/Montana
    Alyeska, Big Sky, Crystal Mountain, Kicking Horse, Lake Louise, Moonlight Basin, Mt Bachelor, Mt Baker, Mt Hood Meadows, Mt Hood Skibowl, Mt Norquay, Mt Washington, Red Mountain, Stevens Pass, Summit at Snoqualmie, Sun Valley, Sunshine Village, Timberline Lodge, Whistler Blackcomb, Whitefish (Big Mountain)
  • Utah/Wyoming
    Alta, Brighton, Deer Valley, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Park City Mountain, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Solitude, Sundance, The Canyons

There are three different subscriptions available. They all cover the 2009-2010 ski season. The first one is $24.99 and covers over 80 North American resorts. The second one is $9.99 and buys you a subscription to any five North American Maps. And the third is a subscription to one resort map for $4.99.

To view a video of how BerrySki works, click here >

I was really intrigued by this app. I don’t ski, but my brother and his girlfriend do, and snowboard as well, so this app has some great potential. I downloaded this app on to my BlackBerry Tour 9630. It didn’t take long to install. I downloaded the subscription for any five North American ski resorts. The app downloaded smoothly. When you restart you will see the icon as a brown B and a pair of skis standing in the center.

When you open the app, you see the welcome  displayed on the top, “Welcome to skiracer!!! The following options are below: Select resort; View tracks; Add maps+, Option; Network Options; Check for updates; and About.

Starting from the bottom, About shows BerrySki version, in this case it’s 1.40. And it gives the email address for technical support and the website. Check for Updates takes you to the website to download a new version if available. Network Options opens and on the very top states: Select a transport type. Below the following are displayed: the URL; Default; BES; DIRECT-TCP; WAP2; WIFI; WAP1. This allows you to test your connections and change them if need be.

Options opens up the following: Metric: km, kgs or miles, lbs; Weight 70.0; Skier type: several choices from downhill, moderate to light, racing, X-Country skiing, sledding, snow shoeing, etc.; Interval; Email; Export To: with a place for a website for you to export to.

Now the Select Resort, View tracks and Add maps+ is left. In Add Maps and Select Resort is where you’re able to choose the map. It downloads to your microsd card. From here it is accessible by the GPS and you can view it through the BerrySki app. You can turn on the recording which can help you track your progress. I of course wasn’t able to do that live, but I found the controls and have posted a few pics so you get the idea. When in the Select Resort, you can click your options button and see: Replay; Clear; Record.; MyLocation; Zoom++; Zoom –; and HotKeys (0- My Location, 1-Zoom in, 2-Zoom out).

Pros: A great resource to have if you’re an avid skier or snowboarder. It’s to a skier or snowboarder what Telenav or Garmon are to the driver or hiker. It’s accurate, offers great feedback, and if you’re into progress, this app is a fantastic tool for that. The fact you don’t need to rely on the internet after downloading the map is great, only the gps function. Find your way, see how you did, see the speeds you took.

Cons: Europe is in the works for support with their resorts. If you don’t have GPS open, then you need to have a Bluetooth GPS puck for your phone to use the app. Hopefully more cellular providers will open their GPS to third party applications other than world phones that will enable you to expand use of such apps as this.

Over all, this app is not only a great tool, but I can see other ways of using it. It has potential along with use as increasing your skill as a skier or snowboarder. Seeing your speeds and trails will enable you to know whether or not you’ve skied the all the trails and where you need to improve. You can also use it for friendly competition with your friends in racing.

If you ski or snowboard, you should try this app. I highly recommend it for those who are learning or those who are experienced. Take your skills to the next level with BerrySki.

Purchase a BerrySki Subscription of Your Choice Here

Download the BerrySki App for your BlackBerry Here

Compatible with OS: 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6 4.7

Rating: ★★★★★

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