Bryony Grimes takes a look at the apps taking centre stage in the New Year
The lifts are on, the seasonnaires are out and the mountains are beckoning. Where to? Espace Killy, of course. Shortly after Tignes officially switched on its lifts for December, I hopped over the channel to get a glimpse of what the season has on offer, and to suss out which apps are a slope-side must for 2017/18.
Tignes was on top form, show-casing some of its institutions to early season guests: Mark Warner’s tastefully refurbished, Savoie-esque L’Aiguille Percée opened its doors for visitors to revel in its memorable views and gondola proximity. Le Loop was already stealing the show as the burger spot, while Val d’Isère’s famous face la Folie Douce was in full swing, establishing itself once more as the après place to be. But, pockets of powder and bluebird conditions aside, the Espace Killy was welcoming me with a mission in mind - to indulge in the new piste gadgets of today.
In addition to the following 5 chart-toppers, it wasn’t hard to see how easily tech fits into alpine landscapes. From ZeatVIP’s futuristic, eco-efficient Tesla X transfer service, to (enviously) spotting DJI’s new compact, versatile Mavic Pro drone hovering over the Grande Motte, the evolution of the skiing experience was happening before my eyes. The worlds of snow sports and smart tech are merging and creators are looking to enhance the future of skiing and snowboarding with digital ingenuity - the best of which, both complex and simple, is compiled below:
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