I finally used Endomondo while skiing and the results are okay, but not great.
Endomondo for Downhill Skiing — Its Usual Strengths
In my recent review of the Endomondo app I expressed satisfaction with the app. Those satisfying points repeat with Endomondo while downhill skiing. The app did its things as usual, it sounded off miles, it recorded time in motion, it paused recording when I stopped, recorded my path, recorded distance, kept track of caloric expenditure and water consumption needs. It wrapped my phone up in a (Green Bay Packer) stocking cap and stuffed the package into my ski jacket and that did not seem to cause it any problems with keeping a lock on the GPS satellites.
In short, all was good.
Endomondo for Downhill Skiing — Its downhill Skiing Weaknesses
However, Endomondo is more for endurance activities and does not contain a number of the metrics I want to see while skiing. Namely, maximum speeds and pitch extremes. However, most of the users are using Endomondo for running, hiking, walking, biking, etc. None of those sports (maybe hiking excepted) have all of the metrics interesting to downhill skiers. Endomondo reported times in one mile intervals which is great for cross-country skiing but makes little sense while downhill skiing.
This is where I rely on MyTracks at least to cover those skiing metric gaps. Yes, I know there are applications dedicated ski tracking, but I am a bit slow in adopting those and am working on it (old phone had storage limitations I was up against and so I need to acquaint myself with applications such as AlpineReplay).
However, once your phone has the data uploaded to the website and you visit the website to view the ski trip, there are a few more bits of interesting information, too bad that is not on the phone application.
Endomondo for Downhill Skiing — Downhill Skiing Calorie Burn
While I have always known that downhill skiing is a significant burner of calories, I was pleasantly surprised to see the number Endomondo reports. Still, my official calorie counter differs by recording fewer calories burnt.
For those of you not familiar with downhill skiing, one must work their legs constantly to make sure they remain under control, that is, even though gravity is supplying us with speed, we need to fight gravity lest we fly down the runs at 80 mph into the lodge, with the expected result. Watch world cup skiing and see how the racers are when they cross the finish line, they are short of breath and tired.
Endomondo for Downhill Skiing — Do You Use It?
In short, Endomondo can help you understand how much time and effort you expend while downhill skiing, but it does fall short of being everything in terms of measurement a downhill skier wants.
How about you? Do you use Endomondo while downhill skiing?