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Whenever I see a snow or ski-related Web site, I think back to my days creating the first snow.com. Today I found a new iPhone application that would have been a welcome addition to snow.com back in the mid-90s. Snocator takes full advantage of the GPS functions in the iPhone to make sure you never get lost when skiing or enjoying the slopes.
Assuming you are carrying your iPhone, you can find out how close the nearest lift, trail, etc. is from your current location. The company says they have mapped most of the major ski areas in North America, and snow reports, trail maps, and mountain cams for most of the world. Snocator also includes photos from resorts (see below) along with coming soon features of checking where your friends are and mapping your actual skiing usage. You can also watch live video cams from a variety of resorts.
The application also features local information including where to eat, shop, etc. I like this application because it combines a fun aspect with a real utility. It is a niche product so the Snocator team will need to market it locally at the resorts to maximize the usage. The app costs $5.99. I assume revenue may also come from either ads or a revshare with the resorts. Snocator was created by Denver-based Useful Networks.