Leave it to Vail Resort to generate the most engaging mobile ski app – Epic Mix. From the folks who bought you the Epic Pass – a super savings season pass good at all Vail’s dozens of ski resorts, here is an Epic Mix app that tracks your vertical skiing, gives you real time intel on ski conditions, lift line times throughout Vail Resort, shows how your kids are progressing in ski school, and how your race time is compared to Lindsey Vonn. Epic Mix even offers up photos of you and your friends that were captured around the mountain, thanks to your scan-able RFID lift access card.
My honest scoop on the EpicMix ski app, I’m not big on apps or skiing glued to my phone… I go to the mountains to escape technology, electronics, stats and media.
What I like about Epic Mix is you don’t even need your phone app turned on. Just sign up, turn off your phone and go ski if that’s the way you want to play. You can check your skiing stats online or on your phone at the end of the ski day. Other ski apps- Trace and Navtronics Ski apps munch data and run down your battery.
Epic Mix tracks via your RFID ski ticket, so you can turn it on to check your stats at the end of the day or the season, even view the app on your pc, so you’re not staring at your smart phone all day and missing out on Vail’s epic scenery. Of course the new Gondola One has Wi-Fi and heated seats, a Vail’s 50th anniversary lift, if you want to check on your vert accumulated mid-day, see the line wait times at Lions Head, or reserves a lunch table with a view at the 10th Mountain Lodge at mid Vail.
Epix Mix leader boards and challenges are fun, its totally opt in – not obligatory… but how fun is it to achieve 1,000,000 vertical feet in a ski season?!
The only thing better than the free Epic Mix app is Vail’s Epic Pass, which for $900 with an early season purchase (read: April for the next season) includes skiing at all 34 of Vail Resorts. Figure that a day ticket at Vail is $210 ish– so this pass amortizes quickly with one trip out west. The Epic Mix app will track your vertical at all them, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City/Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood, Whistler Blackcomb, Stowe, Okemo, Mount Snow, Wildcat, Attitash…the list goes on…your Epic Mix will too.
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