Ski coaching apps. The new way to learn to ski


Technology is increasingly accompanying us in all areas of our lives and its advances are becoming part of our way of life. Work life, personal life, life related to leisure and, in particular, to sports, are completely impregnated by technological advances, and today we are going to talk about it in depth.

Have you ever heard of ski coaching apps? It is, generally speaking, a certain app or application for the cell phone that measures the movements we make when we are practicing skiing in order to try to help us improve. Although they are applications designed specifically for professionals, anyone who skis and wants to improve their technique to go up in the course of different tracks, can use them.

And although a priori it may seem that this is a somewhat unfair way to take away the work of ski instructors, who usually work seasonally giving both group and individual classes, the truth is that many of these applications only propose that teachers become something like a digital coach who can carry out their work without even having to be physically next to the potential student.

We are facing a new business in which many companies are working, many people are very interested in investing and that can become a real revolution for ski lovers. Let’s tell you all the details!

Forms of service to learn to ski that you can request

Before assuming that what is being offered is that a machine is the one that teaches you the best techniques to ski correctly and increasingly agile, you should know a little more about the subject.

There are already some applications, which we are going to mention below, that work exactly like this: the skis have something connected to them that brings information to the smartphone about how the feet are moving when we are going down a slope. Afterwards, said app can give tips to improve the technique and even add some tutorial videos with the topics it considers most lacking.

But this is not the only way, and it is also possible, as we told you before, to continue using the human part but in a much more practical way. Users who have such a program can simply connect via video with professional ski instructors. The application will record some images from the position of the skis and so the trainers will have a reasonable time to draw conclusions about what things need to be improved in the technique.

There are also doubts as to where the sensor should be placed on the user so that both the machine and the online coaches can see areas for improvement. While some tests have already been done with smart ski boots, which are connected to the cell phone and give the mobile phone information about how pressure is being exerted on the skis, there is also the possibility that it is the skis that have the smart sensor.

This seems to have a certain logic, since although it is the boots where the pressure of the feet is exerted, it is the ski that finally moves and therefore where you can have more notions about how well or badly the person who has hired the online services of the ski app is acting.

Unfortunately, and although some apps show promise, there have been some problems with the sensors on the skis. The constant movement to which they are subjected means that the cell phone with the relevant app can easily lose connection and the data is therefore somewhat confusing.

What apps have been developed so far?

There are already some ski coaching apps on the market today. In the next few years we are going to see a real boom in this type of technology, and that is when it will be most interesting for companies and investors. But in the meantime, we can talk about what the features of these apps are so that you can get an idea of what you would prefer if you were to use one of them:

The CARV system is one of the most talked about at the moment, and it is one of those that are part of the group of applications that simply receive information from the machine on how to improve technique. That is to say, they do not have a real trainer behind them who watches the movements through a video.

People who have tried it say that in just a couple of hours of use, they improved some practices that they had been doing badly for some time. The approximate price of this application is about 150 dollars to download it, and then about 200 dollars to use it on an annual basis. It may not seem very economical, but you have to take into account all the wiring system involved so that the application receives accurate information about your movement.

Finally, you may like to know that you can receive information on the fly, that is, while you are skiing to improve it at the time, or record it and be able to see it at the end of the day when you have stopped practicing sport.

Along with this innovative application, there is another quite similar one called SKEO, designed for ski professionals and that has the ability to measure concepts such as resistance, style or the quality of the turns, among other things.

Finally, there is another application on the market that does not take the human factor out of learning this exciting sport, and that is GIVEGO. The phone connects users with real ski professionals, who receive videos on their cell phones to analyze the technique of the students and send them feedback. In this case the application is free when downloaded, and it is the teachers themselves who set a price for each session, which is usually at least $20 per hour.

As you can see, a new niche market is opening up that will become an explosion of supply and demand over the next few years. Ski lovers are in luck, because the diversity of options when it comes to learning and improving will be the order of the day.

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