Should I enable location services when I download the app?
Yes! Enabling location services will allow the app to determine your location in order to show you the best trails that are nearby. Also for iOS devices, you will have the ability to track your own skis by enabling location services. If you did not enable location services when initially downloading the app, you should be able to update your location services preferences under your device's general settings.
How do I download, update, or delete areas?
With location services enabled, the state where you are currently located should download automatically when you first install the app. To download new areas, navigate to the "Areas" section by clicking on the menu icon. Once in the "Areas" section, you will be able to download, update, and delete areas. To delete an area, tap "Edit" at the top of the screen and select the areas you would like to delete.
What do the black number clusters on the map mean?
The black number clusters indicate the number of trails found in a certain area. As you zoom in on the map, the numbers will break into clusters with smaller values as some trails are no longer in view. The numbers don't correspond to any ranking or organization of a trail list or network, but are rather a visual guide to highlight areas of trail density.
How do I select a trail and view more details?
Either tap on the line on the map or click "Trail List" at the bottom of the screen to display a list of all the current viewed trails organized by rating. Selecting a trail will highlight it on the map and provide a summary of the trail at the bottom of the screen. Tap or pull the trail name up to display a detailed description and more information. From this view, you can also check-in, add a to-do, update the conditions, or add a star and difficulty rating.
How can I get driving directions?
Parking symbols will provide you with driving directions. Tap on a "P" symbol on the map, and the driving directions will open in your phone's default mapping app. Drive-up camping symbols and visitor center symbols will also provide driving directions similar to parking symbols.
How is Ski Line difficulty rated in the app?
Difficulty ratings follow a color coded difficulty rating scale. The difficulty scale ranges from easy to extremely difficult with the associated difficulty icon as follows:
Extremely Difficult: rocky; extremely steep; falls could be unstoppable and deadly
Where can I find the map legend?
The map legend is located in the app menu. From the main screen, click the menu icon to expand the sidebar menu.
How can I find my current location and skis near me?
Tap the small arrow in the upper corner of the map to orientate the map to your current location and explore nearby ski lines.
How can I change the map base layer?
To switch from one map base layer to another, tap the mountain icon on the map. The map base layer will change from a satellite image to a terrain base map. Changing the map base layer can be a beneficial way to see more about the terrain that a ski line covers or to see the type of land cover that a ski line moves through.
How can I add to-dos or check-ins?
Navigate to the ski line you want to add to your list. Once you've pulled up more details about the line, look for the options at the top of the ski line description that allows you to add a Check-In, To-do, Rate, or Share. Your check-ins and to-dos will be saved to your profile.
How can I record a track in the mobile app? (iOS only)
From the main screen, click the menu icon to expand the sidebar menu. Under your profile, there are three options. Select "GPS Tracks / Record". This will take you to a page where you can view your recorded tracks and record a new track. Note that for this function to work, you will need to make sure that your location settings are set to "always" so that the app can continuously record the track.
How can I convert my recorded track into a ski line or approach? (iOS only)
If you want to publish you recorded GPS track to our database, head to the Powder Project website and click on your profile icon and select the "Your Profile" link from the drop down. Once on your profile page, you will see a list of your recorded tracks. Select the GPS track that you'd like to make public. On the next page, you will have the option to "Share on Powder Project". Clicking that button will take you through the steps for adding a new ski line. Note that you will not be able to publish your track directly from the mobile app.
How can I change my app settings?
From the main screen, click the menu icon to expand the sidebar menu and select "settings". Once on the settings page, you will have the option to change from metric to imperial units, choose whether to display photos or trail names on the map, and log out of your profile.
Does the app really work offline?
Yes! Even without cell service, you'll be able to see the data and your location on the map. If you know you'll be taking the mobile app off the grid soon, you'll have an even better experience if you take a moment to scan around that area before going offline. This will allow the app to cache the background map. The data will display clearly whether you take this extra step or not, and you should always be able to see a blue dot indicating your exact location on the map.
How often is the data in the app updated?
The mobile app will automatically check for new data every two weeks. The data is updated weekly on Friday evenings. If you want to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information in your pocket for the weekend, you can delete and reinstall that area after the weekly update. Otherwise, your app will automatically update every two weeks.
Can I add ski lines, photos, or reviews from the mobile app?
At the moment, you will not be able to add ski lines, photos, or reviews in the mobile app. You will need to head to the website in order to add photos and ski lines to the site.