The 4 Best Snow-Finding Apps

Minutes are precious on a powder day, and it's a shame to waste them waiting for the radio or television news to cycle through the snow report before deciding where to make your turns (this is the Digital Age, man!). Instead, download a snowfall app. These smartphone snow report downloads provide quick, detailed information about conditions at your neighborhood ski resorts or others worldwide, and, with any luck, will help you score some real snow.

Ski & Snow Report by
This recently updated free app provides snowfall data from more than 2,000 ski areas worldwide, including real-time updates from actual skiers to expose any resorts that might be inflating their self-reported totals. Live ski cams, weather reports and mountain stats can be found in nine languages—including Swedish, Norwegian and something called Bokmål (which, for you inquiring minds, is one of Norway's official written languages).
Available on: iPhone and Android

REI Snow Report by Recreational Equipment Inc.
You'll find 72-hour snowfall, base and peak snow depths, firsthand skier accounts, and learn how many lifts are turning at a host of resorts with this free download, which has gotten high marks for its clean, attractive interface and ease of use.
Available on: iPhone and Android

Ski and Snow Report by The Zumobi Network
Redesigned for the 2011-12 ski season, this free app enables you to select favorite resorts via GPS and receive new-snow notifications when the flakes are flying.
Available on: iPhone and Android

The Snow Report by The North Face
In addition to the usual resort reports, this freebie offers some useful backcountry features, such as avalanche advisories and a function that enables you to track weather, location, notes and other details about each day of your season.
Available on: iPhone, Android and BlackBerry