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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Jock-o-sphere checks out skiing, running apps


Ski and Run
Skiers and runners have found apps to their liking.

In 2010, we've seen an increased emphasis on geolocation technology in the sports world.

Teams and leagues are just starting to scratch the surface of check-in functionality for business-minded gains, while Facebook Places projects to financially benefit teams, leagues and athletes alike.

But away from the stadium and out of the professional sports landscape, GPS technology has trickled into the recreational sports world as well, providing amateur athletes a way to track their every move.

On Aug. 30, Vail Resorts announced an application called EpicMix, which will launch this fall for the ski season.

The app -- which will be available for free for the Android and iPhone, and has a Web-based dashboard -- allows skiers to track their activity across five mountains: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly.

Stats such as where you rode and vertical feet, along with days skied can be tracked, and you can earn pins and collect points along the way.