There seems to be no end to the way in which smart technology can be used to enhance the ski experience and there seems to be a growing gap between resorts that do make use of this technology and those that do not.
An increasing number of ski resorts are allowing skiers the option to track their skiing during the day with GPS showing their routes. The newest system from Skiline in co-operation with resorts like Mayrhofen gives a graphical print out through the days of all ascents and ski runs, with runs named on the graph and a timetable showing run duration. The latest offers from the company include texting subscriber's mobile phones with data on ski lift queues in real time as they ski around a resort's slopes.
Patented lift tickets in Dolomiti Superski provide a similar service with the option to compare times on race courses with as many other people as care to load their data on to the communal website at the end of the day. The most obsessed can compare their performance with professional racers tackling the same descents.
Cervinia, in Italy, is one of the first to offer skiers the chance to pay by the hour with tickets automatically starting to be valid as soon as you go through the turnstyles at the bottom of the lift - rather than from purchase in the ticket office or whilst you're putting on your skis and standing in line to join the queue, a fairer system for skiers.
A three-hour ticket at Cervinia costs 26 Euros or if you stay for four hours, 30 Euros, a saving of up to a third on the 36 Euro full-day rate.