Outdoors Briefs

App coming to track jumps, spins on ski hill

DENVER – Skiers and snowboarders accustomed to tracking how many runs they’ve done soon will have access to a smartphone app to track their jumps and spins, too.

Vail Resorts Inc.’s EpicMix application changed the industry in 2010 by using radio-frequency ID tags in lift tickets and passes to communicate with scanners on lifts to tally riders’ vertical feet and runs.

Now the company Active Network has developed a smartphone app to count a skier or snowboarder’s jumps, spins and other hill stats, such as average hang time. It works with the help of a motion sensor made by Golden-based Mosoro that uses Bluetooth LE technology. The app likely will come out early next year. The app probably will be free, while the sensor will cost about $100.

Seniors Outdoors! announces programs

Seniors Outdoors! will host these programs:

The Wednesday Wanderers will meet at Santa Rita Park at 9 a.m. Wednesday to walk the Animas River Trail to Home Depot and back. No RSVP is required. Dogs must be on a leash. For more information, call Eric Pahlke at 247-1130.

The Senior Outdoors! Outings Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

A Downhill Ski Group is available for people to meet other skiers and ski with a group at their level on various days throughout the ski season. All abilities are welcome. Each group will meet at the base of Lift 1 (the “Six Pack” lift.) Some will coordinate to carpool from Animas City Park. The groups usually meet during the noon hour for lunch on the second floor at Dante’s. For more information, call Bruce Rodman at 385-7899 or Jim Shadid at 884-4612. Snowboarders are welcome.

For more information, visit www.seniorsoutdoors.org.

Herald Staff and Associated Press

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