How to take a mini ski escape when there’s no snow to be found
Desperate to hit the slopes but don’t have the vacation time?
Powder-Alpine Simulator isn’t nearly as thrilling as a black diamond run, but it may be able to help you get away for a few minutes at least.
This soothing game gives you a birds-eye view of your downhill run, with the aim of getting as far as you can without hitting an obstacle. (Another advantage of a virtual ski trip — no injuries.)
This app is best played with headphones to appreciate the snowy sound effects.
Players pick up speed as they make their way down the hill, so be sure to adjust your steering accordingly.
You can also hold your finger down to carve into the mountain a little harder, or tap to jump over smaller obstacles.
It’s not quite the “simulator” that its name might suggest — you’d never mistake playing this for racing down a hill.
But this simple app is surprisingly calming, and provides a nice mental break for those moments when you’d rather be on the slopes.
Free, for iOS and Android.