Winter Sports app available for PCs, tablets and Surface

Winter Sports for PCs and Tablets


For all snow-sports enthusiasts, Winter Sports is this season’s must have app for your Surface tablets and any Windows PC and Windows Phone. If you like skiing, snowboarding or any winter activity, Winter Sports is an official app of Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructors of America. Winter Ski & Ride for Windows Phone is the companion app for Winter Sports, has been translated to 10 languages and is crazy popular with skiers and snowboarders around the world, overall quarter of a million users. Now, there’s a large screen version of the app with tons of new capabilities, in case you want to show off your skiing or snowboarding to your friends, import data from other apps and devices.


Take your skiing and riding with you

With Winter Sports you can use the same account you used for companion Windows Phone app, or your Winter Sports app account, and also load data from another popular app for tracking activities. You are presented with a simple and rich interface that allows you to check weather reports and conditions at thousands of resorts worldwide, check your stats, add your activity from Windows Phone or any other app or device, check your training schedule, find your friends and see where they ski or ride and more!


Hub for all your snow-sports activities

Winter Sports app automatically synchronizes your data with Windows Phone Ski & Ride app, for all other apps and devices, such as Strava, RunKeeper, Garmin etc, Winter Sports allows you to import that data, and also add and edit your sports activities. Essentially, Winter Sports is a hub for all your sports activities on any Windows devices.


Personal Training by Professional Ski and Snowbnoard Instructors of America

Winter Sports provides dozens of training plans: both videos and automatically tracked with Winter app for Windows Phone. Training plans keep you organized and motivated, and you can see your progress real-time as you ski or ride with Windows Phone.


Companion app for Windows Phone

Winter Sports app comes with a free companion app for Windows Phone: the app that earned raving reviews from Microsoft Phone blog, WPCentral and is included in Nokia Collection.

Feels like Winter Olympics

Winter Sports has a rich global leaderboard that immediately makes you feel like you are in the middle of Olympic Games. Compete with thousands other users of Active Fitness social network and the app will track your position on the leaderboard.


Where’s your friend?

Winter Ski & Ride is part of Active Fitness network which has 200,000+ active users, the number that grows by thousands every day. To see where your friends are, use Friend Finder feature to find your friends.


Download Winter Sports app for Windows tablets, PCs


Download Winter Ski & Ride app for Windows Phone



From The Annual Trailblazer 2013 Race Event at Microsoft SVC with Active Fitness


More Pictures Here

Our Active Fitness app and social network grew to 200,000 users in 2 months on Windows Phone, and we were kindly invited to participate in annual race event in Silicon Valley. This post is about the event on September 29th. Enjoy!

This weekend we had an annual race/walking event at Microsoft Silicon Valley Center: the event has been held in Mountain View for 19 years, and gathers around 1,000 locals from the Bay Area. People often come with the kids and families, to have a good time and fun. This time we had a 5K/10K race/walk and kids races. The event is organized by Friends of Stevens Creek Trail (FOSCT), Microsoft Community team and other sponsoring organizations.


Active Fitness app which donates this year to several sports organizations has been locally grown and tested, on that very trail, now it has close to 200,000 users in 115 countries, and had left many people impressed with Windows Phone (a gorgeous 3’x5’ poster displayed the app’s main Panorama control in all its glory at one of the booths) and we had 15 Windows Phone devices for those who didn’t have them, with Active Fitness app pre-loaded (thanks, Nokia). The race invites people working at many local Silicon Valley companies.


Those who had to carry two cameras to take a good picture: DSLRs and phones, looked with envy at owners of Microsoft’s bright yellow Lumia 1020s. The phone takes amazing action and professional quality photos with fashionable lightweight Windows Phones that doubled as DSLRs with PureView technology. Kids were stopping by and asking questions about Lumia bright colored devices and trail tracking apps, there were also some developers asking me about building apps for Windows Phone. I hope you check these beautiful pictures included with this post and shared on SkyDrive.

Active Fitness usage at Steven’s Creek Trailblazer

We had many users using Active Fitness on the trail or around the campus that day, and even more registered users use Active Fitness on Stevens Creek trail regularly, (overall close to 5-12K simultaneous users elsewhere in the world use the app)!



Windows Phone: one week with professional ski and snowboard instructors

Event Facts:
0+ teams lead by National level instructors with Windows Phones
200 ski and snowboard instructors
30+ Nokia Lumia Windows Phones uploading real-time stats and photos
Nokia and Microsoft employees helping on-site and skiing
1,000,000 vertical ft tracked by Winter Ski & Ride app
Technology used: Windows Phone, Windows Azure, SkyDrive and Windows 8
Altitude: 8,000 – 11,000 ft

Tons of photos here

… even more photos and videos here

Windows Phone taken to the extreme

What’s the best proof of technology? Taking it to the extreme! Last week more than 200 attendees of the National Academy of Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) have been skiing, riding, taking pictures, videos and played with the apps, like the Winter app, at 10,000 ft elevations in the mountains of Utah. Microsoft and Nokia helped in this event, providing phones, skiing with the teams and of course showcasing the app for Windows Phone. Result? Thousands of pictures, videos, lots of smiling faces and memories that last.


In the mountains of Utah…

All National team leads were given latest Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phones, and they took them to the places, chutes, cornices, bowls and steep bumpy rides we could never think of. Together teams skied almost 1,000,000 ft vertical, tracked by Winter Ski & Ride app. The amount of April snowfall in Utah made every day the best day of skiing ever: with 5-8” of fresh snow falling almost every day, we also enjoyed days of sun and light, champagne powder.


National level ski and snowboard event

The National Academy is an annual event gathering professional ski and snowboard instructors of America (PSIA-AASI), an organization of more than 32,000 ski and snowboard instructors training students in every region of the US. During the Academy instructors learn from the top national instructors.


Microsoft and Nokia showing new technologies

Microsoft and Nokia representatives were very busy at the event, answering questions about Windows Phone, showcasing the app, making new friends and skiing! Some Microsoft employees skied for the first time, but after the event were ready to hit the slopes again! Presentation1

Photo: Matt Rothschild, Nokia’s head in North America demonstrating Nokia devices. Nokia and Microsoft showcasing devices, skiing and answering questions

What we learned

We’ve heard many great comments about Windows Phone, its video stabilization capabilities that make devices especially useful in the mountains, when taking instructional videos. Many mentioned superior device and camera capabilities that Windows Phone has, and also the software: such as Winter app that makes skiing with friends fun and also helps ski instructors teaching students. Together with PSIA-AASI, we also had a feedback and planning session from 30 national team leads, suggesting ideas for the next generation of Winter software and what a ski instructor may need in the mountains. This brainstorming will take the app to the next level. By the next season we are planning to significantly extend the app to include more exciting features.

SkyDrive + Windows Phone + Large Events = Awesomeness!


Photo: Windows Phone SkyDrive settings

SkyDrive integration with Windows Phone provided seamless photo transfer from the mountain to the slideshows at night. Windows Phone 8 can seamlessly sync photos and videos with the SkyDrive, and with 30+ phones we managed that integration allowed us to instantly prepare slideshows at night, when the skiers came back from the mountain. To access this feature go to Photos –> SkyDrive Settings. We used PowerPoint to play the shows, but what we didn’t discover until the last night was the Windows 8 Photos app, which can also play the slide show!


Photo: Windows 8 Photos app, notice Slide Show button at the bottom



Photo: PSIA Alpine Team member David Oliver, wearing Winter app snow-bandana.

Peter Kray, the author of “American Snow” book reached more than 100K vertical, skiing with the Winter app and had a goal of beating top skiers on the leaderboard. Pete’s book is beautifully printed, with pictures from both the old and modern days of ski instruction in America. Passionate skier himself, Pete says in his book: “To teach someone how to ski or snowboard is like sharing superpowers – giving the gift of motion, freedom, and flight – it’s the sensation of flying, with the world spinning beneath your feet and wind whipping across your face”.


Custom made Winter skis made by Wagner Custom Skis to theme with the Winter app have proven to be a huge success: I skied them every day of the event, at various conditions: on groomers, steep, bumpy terrain and loved the way they feel. Winter app now includes a form where you can order skis made by Wagner with either Winter or any custom graphics. Skis are created personally for you to fit your skiing needs: Wagner makes any types of skis: from racing to big mountain skis. Born in the mountains of Colorado, in Telluride, these skis provided me with the best moments of my National Academy – at the end of the feedback session the skis were signed by national team leads – this will keep me motivated on working on the app in the summer. I hope to meet Pete Wagner personally to thank him for the joy of skiing his skis.

More about the event:

PSIA-AASI Selected as exclusive content provider for Winter Ski & Ride app

PSIA-AASI National Academy Day 2: Deep Returns, Hot App + Ages and Stages

Winter app

Photos taken by Nokia Lumia Windows Phone


Many thanks to Mark Dorsey, William McSherry, Earl Saline, Matt Rothschild, Thierry Doyen, Olga Vigdorovich, Matt Thompson, Warren Wilbee, Nisha Baxi, Kenny Spade, Randy Guthrie, Ain Indermitte, Razvan Furca, Ben Adams, Max Felix, Mike Hafer, Nick Herrin, Lane Cleua, David Oliver, Rob Sogard, Michael Rogan, Robin Barnes, Bob Barnes, Scott Anfang, Matt Boyd, Jennifer Simpson, Jeb Boyd, Dave Lyon, Ryan Christofferson, Jonathan Ballou, Jim Schanzenbaker, Heidi Effenger, Chris Fellows, Eric Lipton, Andy Docken, Dave Lundberg, Kelly Coffey, Pete Kray, Susan Urbanczyk and many others who helped organizing this event.

Ready to make some money, Windows 8 is coming!

This weekend I invite you to my session at Silicon Valley Code Camp 2012:

We’ll discuss Windows 8 Store, monetization and… a bit of a surprise: for the first time I’ll be announcing my book Professional Windows 8 Programming: Application Development with C# and XAML
, written with a great team of authors: Nick Lecrenski, Doug Holland, Allen Sanders, Kevin Ashley. At this session we’ll focus on practical aspects of monetizing Windows 8 apps. I’ll share some code examples, including: in-app purchase, trial unlocking, placing ads in the apps and using trial model to support monetization. We’ll also touch on more advanced topics, and as an author of several apps in Windows Store, I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Windows 7 sold over 500 million copies in just three years, if Windows 8 does that well this is going to be one of the biggest opportunities our industry has ever seen. Come learn how to get your app into the Windows Store and how to make money. After all, you want to be the first app in the marketplace and have the early mover advantage, don’t you?

SESSION CODE EXAMPLES INCLUDE: Trial, in-app purchases, store simulation.

1:45 on Saturday

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Re-imagining app development: Introducing Windows 8 at Microsoft Silicon Valley campus, April 4th


Are you interested in experiencing the next great app platform opportunity, Windows 8? Do you want to learn how to get started building apps for this new platform?

We are inviting the Silicon Valley startup community to a full-day, knockout, deep dive event taking place on our Silicon Valley Campus. Developers and designers alike will take the stage to show you how to take advantage of this new platform opportunity. Several startups will demo their brand new apps and talk about their early experiences developing for Windows 8, while the Microsoft team will provide attendees the opportunity to play with the platform and the tools needed to get started. Sessions will cover designing for the new Metro UI, building for the platform, and monetizing your apps.

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An opportunity to win a Windows Phone and free Marketplace access


30 to Launch: A Windows® Phone App and Your Moment in the Spotlight!

What This Is:

From Nov 14-Dec 14, we are throwing down a challenge and an opportunity to Hacker Dojo members and anybody who’s interested in Windows Phone development. Join us over these 4 weeks to build a Windows Phone app!

Why Should You Care: Your app might get an opportunity for a moment in the spotlight! Plus, you could win a Windows Phone- yours to keep after you submit your app to the Windows Phone Marketplace!

Our 4-Week Quadrathlon goes like this:

Nov 14, at 7pm at Hacker Dojo, Mountain View 30 to Launch – Windows Phone – Coding Camp – Week 1

Nov 22, at 7pm at Hacker Dojo, Mountain View 30 to Launch – Windows Phone – Coding Camp – Week 2

Nov 29, at 7pm at Hacker Dojo, Mountain View 30 to Launch – Windows Phone – Coding Camp – Week 3

Dec 6, at 7pm at Hacker Dojo, Mountain View 30 to Launch – Windows Phone – Coding Camp – Week 4


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Register for Windows Phone Camps!


If you are a developer, or just curious about Windows Phone platform, we have a series of Phone Camps in Costa Mesa, Phoenix, Denver, Santa Monica, San Diego, San Francisco, Redmond and Portland. I’ll be speaking at Costa Mesa, Denver, San Francisco and San Diego.

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