Very few things will get me out of bed before 5am. Okay, aside from snowboarding, nothing will get me out of bed before 5am. But getting up before the crack of dawn requires a plan. A plan that needs to be mobile and should be as fluid as possible.
Before I even pack my snowboarding bag, I fire up a few snow report apps on the iPhone. Right now my favorite is the North Face Snow Report (free). It’s possible that this is the only nonfleece North Face product I own (further research required). In addition to showing the required weather and snow report, the app also has trail maps and webcams of the resorts. So even if a resort exaggerates its report, you can see the half-inch of snow and decide for yourself if it’s really an “epic powder day.”